The opinions expressed by students do not represent the views of Ramallah Friends School (FBS) and Friends United Meeting.
In this web-site, you will read the thoughts and feelings of Palestinian teenagers. Their ideas have not been edited because we believe you want to know what is really in their hearts and minds. Students are asked questions and directed to comment on given topics. They also often write about issues they choose. Peers edit the articles for grammar.  The result is what you see in Behind The Wall.

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Behind The Wall's Official Colors - The Palestinian Flag

The Flag of Palestine Palestinian flag on Ramallah Friends School building.

The official colors of the Behind The Wall site mirror the colors of Palestine's national flag. Below is a brief history of this flag.

Sharif Hussein designed the current flag as the flag of the Arab Revolt on June 1916. The Palestinian people raised it as the flag of the Arab National movement in 1917. In 1947, the Arab Ba'ath Party interpreted the flag as a symbol of the liberation and unity of the Arab nation. The Palestinian people readopted the flag at the Palestinian conference in Gaza in 1948. The flag was recognized by the Arab League as the flag of the Palestinian people. It was further endorsed by the PLO, the representative of the Palestinians, at the Palestinian conference in Jerusalem in 1964.

- From PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs)

Dima, a girl in 11th grade at Friends Boys School, received first place in our website logo contest. Students at the school voted on over 40 graphic designs submitted by their classmates for this competition. Dima has offered the following explanation for the design of her logo for our magazine:
In my drawing, I tried to connect our school with the current situation in Palestine.
The figure shown in the logo is "Handalah" who represents Palestinians. He was created by Naji El-Ali, a famous Palestiinian artist.
In the picture, Handalah is looking ahead of him, with his back facing Palestine, and his hands against his back. This means that he is looking forward to a brighter future, but at the same time, is unable to do anything to free his country.
Occupation is represented by the hands closer together. Handalah's head represents the sun, which means hope.
I've drawn the school's logo (the plaque shape) as the shape of the Wall of Separation, since this wall has profoundly impacted all of us in Palestine. The wall is broken to show that Palestinians will someday triumph and be free again.

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