Art For Peaces Sake

Kathleen Crocetti, shown here with the mural she hoped to deliver to the Gaza Strip during her trip to the Mideast, has been detained in Egypt along with her husband Bill Lucas (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel file)

Kathleen Crocetti has travelled to the Gaza strip for her holiday vacation to deliver a peace mural but has been put under house arrest. She was an interviewee on issue #4 of the Muse and a newsletter I received from her includes the following narrative:

Dearest Sisters and Friends,
House Arrest in a beach bungalow in the beautiful town of El Arish on the Mediterranean is not such a bad thing. We are all brothers and sisters under the skin and we are seriously in love with the local police man who is keeping us here. He believes he is keeping us safe, which was not the motives of his superiors before today but given the escalation of events it is likely true now that the safest place for us to be is right here in this lovely little house away from all the trouble the other Peace Activists have been stirring up.

Initially the objective was to get into Gaza, meet the Gazans, make some friends and reassure an imprisoned population that the world had not forgotten them.

Her stepdaughter, Elizabeth Lucas, said “She just wants to bring art to people who don’t have a lot going for them right now.”

Crocetti said before the trip, “I’m not on a political mission, but a humanitarian one.”

Here is her blog:

Santa Cruz Sentinel story:

Here is a story from earlier, when she was on her way to the MiddleEast:

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