Once upon a time…
A Palestinian artist, Jasem Shuman, participated in an exhibition Peter organized in 2010 while he was cultural envoy to Israel for the U.S. State Department.
At the show’s opening in Jasem’s hometown of Ramallah, he met a woman—a fellow artist from East Jerusalem—and the two fell in love.
But standing between them and a life together was the Israeli West Bank barrier, built by Israel along the Green Line and barring Palestinians from easily crossing back and forth. The physical blockade reverberated into family politics and daily life, ultimately making being together impossible.
Seeing no way forward, they moved on to wed others and live separate lives.