I will slowly be putting up much of the pictures from the trip. Its been a struggle as my browser randomly shuts down in the middle of posting as well as my small knowledge with formating. A lot of what i feel about these images is that you can find more powerful and impact-full images online. A common occurrence in this techno-fancy world, where there rarely is ever a reason to take a picture of say a sun-set because you think it is beautiful, because you are bound to find a more beautiful picture of a sun-set online. The pictures below find their value, for what its worth, in that they were taken by my fingers and eyes 🙂
Hebron (one of the largest Palestinian Cities. Large jewish nationalist settlements are being constructed around and within the city creating a lot of tension and violence, supported by the Israeli Army.)
This is a picture of settler children bringing cookies and soda to the soldiers at a walking checkpoint in the middle of Hebron.
The cement separations here is for the Palestinian on the left and jews on the right…
These barrels filled with cement are blocking off this road, making there only one way for traffic in this highly policed section of Hebron.
What used to be the main hub of the city now closed and quiet, due to the colonization of Jewish settlers.
The trash you see above the walk way is from Settlers living above that have thrown trash down on the Palestinians below.
Before the weekly demonstration about Shuhada Street become confrontational, the soldiers standing in a circle around us.
The arrests and beating
Two weeks later at the weekly demonstration again. This time the Israeli Soldiers were creeping all over the place with their cameras taking pictures of each of us from atop their tower..
These pictures are at Shiekh Jarrah
Bellow is a house that one year ago was where Palestinian family lived and was kicked-out by the Israeli Army and then taken over by Jewish settlers.
Across from street from that house, the family still sits daily in protest until they get their home back.
On the way to Bethlehem. You can see here how on the Israeli side of the wall there is a large field of Olive Trees. These trees belong to the people living on the other side of the wall. This is part of the policy of “maximum land, with minimum people”- The wall goes right up to houses on the Palestinian side taking as much land as possible without any people.
The next bit of images are bits of graffiti on the Palestinian side of the wall in Bethlehem. Many of these images have become famous in other places. The politics of it is also worth mentioning, that there are some people who think that it is not right to make the wall pretty or a piece of art, because it hides what it really is. Here are some of the pieces i thought worth sharing.
On the outskirts of Bethlehem in the village of Al-Walaja
The three pictures below show the wall being built. You can see how they first clear out a large piece of land, and then create concrete steps. After that they put the large concrete slates on the steps and burry the bottom portion.
The flat piece of land that is cut through by the building of the wall here is a families cemetery. The family lives just behind where i took the picture from and more than 3 generations of their family are buried in the cemetery, which soon will be impossible for them to access.
on friday august 13th Ilana and I returned to Al Walaja with a group of Israelis to join the Palestinians there for the weekly demonstration against the building of the wall that will soon enclose the village. This was also the first Friday of Ramadan, which means no eating or drinking until night fall. We gathered at bottom of road and slowly walked up towards a settlement gate. Children were running around with flags, and Israeli’s were playing on their drums while the Palestinians living there led chants of resistance. As we were coming to the top of the hill we saw immediately that there was A LOT of soldiers, as well as riot police (the ones in all black that in all seriousness are modern-day knights (covered head to toe in thick padding)). We stopped about 20 to 30 feet from them and chanted some more. Then two Palestinian spoke in english and in hebrew to the soldiers standing there, telling them this is a peace-full demonstration and that what they are doing is illegal under international law, and to put down their guns. While one of the men was speaking 3 soldiers walked up and told us we had 5 minutes to leave, about 10 seconds later 5 more soldier ran in and grabbed the Palestinian with the mega phone and immediately started throwing stun grenades while they arrested this man. It quickly became chaotic and the israelis launched 2 or 3 tear gas grenades back behind the demonstration in the middle of the village so that the gas spread all around us. After the tear gas the amount of demonstrators was a lot smaller and the soldiers took advantage to go raid a near by house. There was a bit of a struggle trying to stop the soldiers from getting in and from arresting a man in the house but there was little we were able to do… It was not a particularly uncommon
video of the demo and arrests
This is just one example of a colony/settlement within the 1967 occupied palestinian territory. As with most of the colonies the tend to be on-top of hills, in conjunction with an army base of some kind splitting up Palestinian villages and farm land.