The hostility between Israel and Gaza last peaked in 2008, with the Israeli military’s unprecedented “Operation Cast Lead” that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. Four years later, in a similarly suspicious proximity to Israeli elections, reports of escalation flooded Israeli mainstream media.
Our journey begins in Ma'ale Adumim, one of 124 Israeli settlements established in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT) since 1967. With its green lush palm trees, olive tree roundabouts and parks, the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim stands in stark contrast to the surrounding semi-arid environment.
Not far from the settlement we find the Arab al-Jahalin Bedouin communities who exist with no access to water or electricity services while facing the constant fear of being displaced for the second or third time.
In 2014, Brazil will host the World Cup. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost, but the Brazilian government estimates on its official website that it will amount to 11.5.billion U.S dollars. But according to ABDIB (Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industry), this estimation does not actually match reality and the actual cost would be more around 55.42 billion U.S. dollars. If you take the average, the Brazilian World Cup will cost almost 10 billion U.S. dollars more than the last three World Cups combined.
Public housing solutions are provided by the state and are rented for citizens that are unable to afford a ruff over their heads in the free market. In the last few decades the system of Public Housing in Israel has gone down a fast deteriorating process of depletion and privatization. As a result apartment inventory has gone down by 75% which in turn lead to the hardening of criteria for entitlement and long waiting lists. In addition most of the apartments are poorly maintained, and/or unfitting to their tenants' medical needs.
Every week, Palestinians are taken by Israeli forces from their homes, workplace, schools and at checkpoints. Sometimes the detained are released after a few days, after a few weeks, or remain in captivity indefinitely. Almost every Palestinian home has at least one member who has gone through the imprisonment experience or is still serving an unjust sentence. Since resistance is an integral right for all Palestinians, Palestinians held in Israeli prisons have also found their way of resisting.
The number of African asylum seekers in Israel has grown in recent years, now standing at roughly 60,000, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan. To stem the tide of arrivals the state has been pursuing a string of restrictive measures, which was added to anti-immigrant rhetoric used by government officials. In May 2012, after an anti-migrants demonstration fueled with raciest slogans by attending right-wing Knesset members, a nighttime mob attack took place against African migrants and their properties in the southern neighborhoods of Tel Aviv.
Following the 1948 War, the Bedouin population in the Negev Desert, in southern Israel, was forced to change its way of life. Prior to that time, Bedouins wandered freely in the deserts which are now under Israeli, Egyptian and Jordanian jurisdiction.In 1953, the Israeli army ordered many of the Bedouins, among them those in the village of Al-Araqib, to abandon their lands for six months during which time the army performed military exercises; to this day, the right of the Bedouins to return to their land has not been recognized.
Amniyr is a small village of 11 shepherds and farmers families in the South Hebron Hills, just northeast of the Palestinian village of Susiya and the Israeli settlement of the same name. The village is located next to the ancient susiya which was completely demolished and its residents were displaced in mid 1980s when Israel declared the area as an archaeological site.
When we started to act as a collective we set a goal to use photography as an instrument to create awareness on topics that we, as people who live in this time and place, aspire to change socially or politically. We believe in the power of people to create change in their own society, therefore we wish to directly address indivi-duals and groups with our work.