Child at the Checkpoint

7 year old Izan on his way through Zaytoun checkpoint in East Jerusalem (occupied territory). He crosses alone every day, as many other children must, in order to get to school. Every day he must bring his original birth certificate (no copies allowed) to show the soldiers and security guards. Then, hopefully, they will let him pass.

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Down in the holy basin

A used teargas cannister in Silwan, where 88 homes await demolition which would displace over 1000 Palestinians, in order to make way for a tourist park called City of Daivd.

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In the background, the abandoned village of Lifta. In the war of 1948, following the creation of the Israeli state, many people were forced to flee their homes. This village was the same; all its Palestinian residents became refugees. In the cement above the village, someone has written in the cement. The text reads: 'Death to the Arabs'.

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Green or Blue?

The teacher of a school in the village of Nabi Samuel shows us his 'green' ID card; this means that he cannot go to East Jerusalem, despite being born in the Palestinian Territories, which East Jerusalem is part of.

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To breathe or not to breathe

To breathe or not to breathe; that is indeed the question when unlucky enough to be caught up in thick and heavy teargas. If you don’t breathe; well, there are obvious ramifications. But if you do breathe; two days ago (24.04.11) … Continue reading

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As time goes by…

4 maps painted onto the separation barrier by Al Quds University (this is the view from the university's front gate) showing the territories of Israel and Palestine since 1948. Palestine is in green.

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Neither Shall They Learn War

A group of new conscripts (aged 18 upwards) on a day out in Jerusalem. Soldiers must always carry their guns in Israel, whether on duty or not. It's not uncommon to see people in plain clothes in cafes, on beaches or in shops with a machine gun draped over the shoulder as if it were a bag.

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