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Gaza in life, love, dignity, and strength
Two years ago, I arrived in the Gaza Strip fully anticipating the most depressing scenes. Wary of my presence and confident that nobody would appreciate a camera documenting their private struggles, I set my camera up for stealth shots that would get me in and out of a situation fast. But I quickly learned what few outside of Gaza seem to realize: Despite the siege and occupation, Gaza is vibrant with life and love. I changed my camera settings and my mindset and embraced the colorful energy in the Gaza Strip.
This summer, in 2013, I crossed through Rafah with my camera pointed up not down. I wanted to capture the dignity and strength of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from the very start. I wanted to share their emotions just as much as their stories. I also wanted to capture the mysterious glow that illuminates Gaza even when the…
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Final scenes from Gaza
Here is the third and final set of photographs from my visit to the Gaza Strip this summer. There might be more photographs lurking around on my computer but for now, these are the ones I think do the best job of depicting some of the scenes and experiences I faced.
I miss Gaza, its sights and sounds, and its beautiful people who will invite you into their homes, feed you from their own hands, and show you that you are one of them. Life is certainly not easy in Palestine. But it can still be beautiful.
The sun sets behind Gaza City’s grey concrete buildings.
Rami, a young Palestinian boy from the…
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“my short trip to the Gaza Strip this summer”
This is the second set of photographs from my short trip to the Gaza Strip this summer. I only had nine days to spend catching up with family and friends so I found very little time to photograph freely.
But when I did, these were the kinds of moments that presented themselves. I was lucky to be able to capture anything.
I chose to make these images black and white because the colors don’t say anywhere near as much as the faces, wrinkles, clouds, or walls do. They are timeless stories that share a bit about everyday life in the Gaza Strip. I hope that each photograph can evoke in you the admiration, the caution, the laughter, the dread, or the awe I experienced whenever I lifted the camera.
These photographs were all taken in July 2013. See the first photo set here: Gaza in life, love, dignity, and strength
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Gaza is still beautiful
Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.
Photo credit: Suha Najjar
Date taken: July 24, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine
The sun sets over Gaza City’s Remal neighborhood on day 17 of Israel’s latest offensive against the occupied Gaza Strip.
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Hatred of Hamas Leaves Egyptians Unsympathetic to Gaza Residents
by, Mohannad Sabry | Al Monitor
CAIRO, Egypt — In November 2012, when Israel assassinated the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ top commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, and unleashed its Operation Pillar of Defense, then-Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was the first to interfere. He recalled Egypt’s ambassador to Tel Aviv, ordered a full opening of the Rafah Terminal to any and all Palestinians, and sent Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to the Gaza Strip on an unprecedented official visit. In a few days, a cease-fire was brokered by Cairo.
Back then, I harshly criticized Morsi, not for his interaction with the war in neighboring Gaza, but rather for the amount of effort exerted there while his cabinet did almost nothing for the families of 53 children killed in a train crash in Upper Egypt while Israel pounded the Gaza Strip. It was clear at the time, when the Muslim Brotherhood’s cabinet blamed…
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