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The photographic series is of what is now left of the Wadi Salib neighborhood. The layers of colors on the walls bring us back through the years to when it was inhabited, and the city of Haifa as it is now can be seen through the empty windows.This part of Haifa's history, where different ethnic groups battled between themselves, is often ignored and erased.
I spent the day being welcomed into numerous homes. The families opened their doors to me and I was generously given every kind of assistance in order to publicly document their personal experience of a nearly waterless reality. In the searing heat of the Middle Eastern summer, signs of this lack of water are everywhere. Extended families of 15 people cannot quench their thirst, clean themselves, wash dishes, launder clothes or flush toilets. On rooftops and in courtyards, rusting water tanks stand empty. The grounds and gardens are dry and dead. And accross their dry gardens and fields, directly in the line of sight of the villagers of Karwat Bnei Zaid, the Israeli settlement of Halmish sits on a hilltop, with lush, green fields and the sparkle of the sun reflecting off the swimming pools filled with children - and water.
The Holot Detention Center, an Israeli facility for illegal migrants, is located in the Negev desert close by the Egyptian border. Described as an "open facility”, it is enclosed with razor wire, and built of metal and brick prefabricated huts. It has become the focus of Israel's roughly 50,000 African refugees, whom the government considers illegal economic migrants. Of the 2,000 men currently being held in Holot, most only are guilty of not being recognized as refugees.
The modern international meat industry has become thoroughly callous to those whose lives are taken. Those same animals who were with us in Eden, for whom God commanded us to have mercy and compassion, have become less than food, and more the victims of wanton gorging.
These images are part of my ongoing documentation of cooperation of Israelis and Palestinians committed to peaceful co-existence.
“The “Combatants for Peace” movement was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, we have decided to put down our guns, and to fight for peace.”
Anashim Beshachor- People in Black
Israel 1991, just few days before the golf war ... Israeli Jewish and Palestinian demonstrate with Women in Black for all those kids and people from both sides and for a better future for all. This short film was screened at the Haifa International Film Festival and the Jerusalem and Haifa's Cinematek.…