Event Day: Palestinian Youth Form Picasso

The youth are demanding a peaceful future. Hundreds of Palestinian refugee students from UNRWA schools in Jericho formed Picasso’s ‘Peace Dove’ and the words “LOVE ALL” (with the Arabic translation for Love – حب) at the foot of the Mount of Temptation in Jericho. The initiative was a partnership with international artist John Quigley، and was supported by UNRWA, Project Peace on Earth، and visitpalestine.ps

Hundreds of Palestinian students from United Nations schools in the Jericho area have created a massive aerial image of PICASO’s famous Dove of Peace in conjunction with the world-renowned artist, John Quigley.

Directed by Quigley, who has created mass aerial images from large groups of people for over a quarter of a century, they gathered in the dove formation at the foot of the Mount of Temptation in Jericho, reputed to be the oldest and lowest continuously inhabited city on earth.

“This is a mirror image of Picasso’s famous ‘Peace Dove’. Palestinian youth are sending the message to “Love One Another” and “Love All” so we can find a path to peace”, said Quigley. “These kids are planting seeds of hope into the heart of the middle east conflict. They deserve the kind of positive future we wish for all children.”

The students that participated in the event are from schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, which educates half a million children across the Middle East. “The world needs to sit up and listen to the youth of this region”, said UNRWA Commissioner General, Filippo Grandi, “their message of peace is essential. It is the voice of the next generation.”

The image is being created as part of “Project Peace on Earth,” which together with visitpalestine.ps and UNRWA are working to stage a globally broadcast Musical Prayer for Peace concert from Bethlehem’s Manger Square on Christmas Day (December 25th 2011).

“We are proud to have been a part of this initiative from the very beginning. Our partnership with Project Peace on Earth and UNRWA goes back over 2 years. Last year, together we brought Dr. Paul Daugherty (a renowned eye surgeon) who came to Palestine and performed 42 free eye cataract surgeries to Palestinian refugees. This year, together with John, we bring the spotlight to Jericho. Today, the youth of Palestine sent a clear message the world… and providing these youth with a platform to send out their message of peace to the World” said Sami Khoury, founder and General Manager of VisitPalestine.ps