Artist Suleiman Mansour poses for a photograph next to his "Jamal al-Mahamel" artwork in Dubai. (REUTERS/Saleh Salem)
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"Jamal al-Mahamel" (Camel of Burdens), a 1973 painting depicting an elderly porter struggling to balance Jerusalem on his back, is seen as a representation of the Palestinian aspiration to establish a state with East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 war, as its capital.Countless copies of the gray-and-blue artwork painted by Mansour, a Jerusalem resident whose family comes from the West Bank town of Bir Zeit, had already found their way into Palestinian homes, after it was reproduced as a poster in 1975 .Mansour, who teaches at the Palestinian Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, said the new painting, "Jamal al-Mahamel II," fixes some factual errors in the original.
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