Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoner Movement
The Museum was designated to honor the prince of the martyrs of Palestine, Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), who was martyred in Tunisia on April 16, 1988. Khalil Al-Wazir was commander of the Palestinian patron prisoner movement at a stage where the movement helped to preserve the life of the nation.
In 1999, the foundational stone for the museum was set on the Al-Quds University campus. The museum was officially opened on the anniversary of the martyrdom of leader Abu Jihad on April 16, 2007. The museum was built by generous funding from the Government of the State of Kuwait and the Arab Fund in Kuwait.
The museum aims to highlight the role of the Prisoner Movement in Palestinian life and to recreate the journey of the prisoner through stories and artifacts.
The Museum also provides all the tools and components necessary to discuss literature, culture, and other facets of the prisoner movement over the last several decades. Our library is open to local and international researchers who can speak Arabic or have access to Arabic translation, as they exist in their original form. We are currently in the process of scanning and uploading documents from our library and eventually translating the documents into many different languages.
The museum works hard to reflect the will power and challenges of the Palestinian people, who have lived and continue to live under occupation. This museum is the voice and image to tell the world about the suffering of Palestinian prisoners inside and outside Israeli jails.
Objective of the Design
The architecture and organization of artwork are designed for the visitor to abstractly experience the life of the prisoner’s family, leaving room for imagination and analysis in the sites that are displayed.
Talking about a number of ideas;
First: Outside the museum building is a representation of the apartheid wall built around and within the parameters of the green line. The Wall makes Palestinian life reminiscent to the life of a prisoner, which deprives us access to the Palestinian holy sites, as well as access to schools, universities and workplaces, making daily trips stressful and tenuous.
Therefore, when we talk about families, we must include the role of the wall as enclosing and imprisoning Palestinians living within it. Within this framework, the museum was built with concrete blocs like those used by the Israelis in building the apartheid wall to prevent access to the land by Palestinians. The architecture also includes the Israeli model of highly narrow lanes with high rocks and plants around to limit free movement in front of the museum.
Second: The inside depicts the road which the prisoner drives from the moment of his arrest, through the road of pain.
The Museum building has three floors, with many different sections which discuss different prisoner cases and movements.
The ground floor reflects families across the old centuries, so material is used to imitate materials from old Jerusalem buildings. There are iron rods to reflect the prison bars, and the art presented on the ground floor is discussing the Israeli prisons and the conditions experienced as soon as a Palestinian is detained leading to his investigation and torture.
We also display different ways that prisoners communicate with each other and to the rest of the world while they are imprisoned—such as the hunger strikes, the capsule, and the Martyrs Movements. We also present information on women and children in prisons. The first floor reflects the families affected by imprisonment, and the architecture uses more modern materials like stainless steel.
We present the products of domestic literature and artistic works like embroidery and figurative imagery along with posters and paintings about the prisoner movement. The first floor also documents the international laws regarding prisoners, with a special section of letters written from inside the prison and outside. This is important to show the humanity of prisoners showing emotions of: love, memories, nostalgia for parents and friends, parents who never saw their children at birth, etc. We also have a room to project documentaries for the public and hold talks.
The second flood is a research center where there is a computer hall for visitors to obtain information about prisoners and our museum library. Our library is a rich contribution to the development of prisoner documents, manuscripts, letters, journals, poetry, novels, political writings, and art.
Included within the museum:
Pictures of the Israeli prisons, Prisoners sites, Prisoners arrests, Inaugurating Freedom, Torture in prisons, Texts stories, Life in prison, Prison British Mandate time, Martyrs Prisoner Movement, Posters of prisoners, Prisoners hunger strikes, Prisoners communication way through capsules, some of the symbols of the captive movement, captive movement variety materials, captive women and children inside Prison, cells texts, Palestine is beautiful, Prisoners work of literary manuscripts, آ prisoners Handicraft inside prisons, Paintings inside prisons, Paintings about prisoners from Galaxy Ghar, Cartoon Drawings about the prisoners, International documents, Letters from inside and outside prison, آ Software worked on prisoner movement, documents and international charters messages from within and outside the prison, space for showcasing films, Film documentaries, Auditorium, Computer Hall, Library and Research Center, Administration, Ground floor, First floor, Second floor.