Meet the B-Boys of Palestine

August 29, 2013 | Marina Galperina

Ilham Rawoot’s “Doing the Gaza Flip” story in the upcoming issue of DAZED Magazine is a look into the Camps Breakerz Crew of Palestine. Squashed between the military aggression of Israel and the internal oppression of Hamas, living under one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world, with nothing to do but smoke hash, youth of Palestine has found an outlet. In a Nuseirat refugee camp southwest of Gaza City, Camps Breakerz Crew, like any community organized dance thing, is not without its corniness — the 90s haircuts, “cheesy hip hop” taste, the generic street fashion fetishism, etc, etc — but…

With all this talk about appropriation of hip hop culture, this b-boy story gives a necessary perspective — specifically, apartheid as the new ghetto — more valid than 100 Miley twerks and the 1,000,000 think pieces.

See more photos on Camp Breakerz’ Facebook page. (Lead photo: Anne Paq/DAZED)