This year, thanks to social media and the ease of accessing information, people around the world were forced to listen to Palestine. But, what can the international community do to help? Adnan says acknowledging the “harmful solidarity movements and actions that rarely give Palestinians the lead voice to share their opinions and narratives,” is one way to start. “Our stories are often told by foreigners who can only grasp our reality to some basic level. Thus, when it comes to the creative industry, Palestinians are seen as victimized war survivors whose main characteristics and lives are mainly based around having their whole existence politicized for them. Their achievements or creativity are always seen as a reactive response to living under occupation and [they are] never seen as respected creatives who are able to create art.”
Mjalli adds, “Challenge what you know and challenge the world around you. In the last few years, we’ve all started asking questions about the way things have been for far too long, and now we’re in the pivotal moment in which we can actually build a radically different future.” When it comes to fashion, we all now know that a garment is never just a garment—it’s a story, so start questioning how and what you consume.