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An Israeli architectural student used colorful Lego bricks to embellish a wall damaged in the rocket attacks last month.
Raz Sror, an architecture student at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, is based in the satellite town of Ramat Gan, a municipality adjacent to Tel Aviv.
The area was hit by rocket fire last month.
The attack follows tensions over Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and planned expulsions of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. Militant terrorist group Hamas fired long-range rockets at Jerusalem and other cities.
Israel responded by launching airstrikes on Gaza, and after 11 days of shelling, a ceasefire was announced on May 21.
Raz said he found the clever solution because he wanted to “contribute to his country”, but did not receive the call to active duty in the Israeli Defense Forces, despite being on the reserves.
“I thought about how I could contribute as a citizen and also, I got a mission [from university] on the law of “imperfection at all”. So I linked my contribution to my project, ”he said.
It took him two days to cover the wall with Lego.
“During labor a lot of people walked by and strengthened my resolve, everyone told me how they got through the trauma. I had a tremendous sense of satisfaction and didn’t want to get any money and / or publicity, just a smile from people during their day, ”said Raz.
He chose this wall in particular because it was located in a central crossroads in Ramat Gan “where a rocket fell and all the shrapnel from the strike hit many buildings in the area. It became that stressful and frightening place where people remembered the traumatic times they went through during the conflict between Israel and Gaza.
Instead of people seeing a “place where terror has struck Israel,” he hopes to brighten their day. He titled his project “From Terrorism to Art”.
(Edited by Fern Siegel and Kristen Butler)