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  • Refugee crisis: The long journey through Europe

    They arrive as families or individuals. They hail from Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan. They travel by sea to Greece or by foot through Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Austria. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking countries to host them. Activestills photographers were there to capture the journey. Photos by: Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv, Mareike lauken, Keren Manor / Activestills.org, photo editing: Anka Mirkin Related: Israel cannot turn a blind eye to worldwide refugee crisis Searching for a way into Europe: A photo dispatch from Hungary Refugee crisis: Stranded at Hungary's barbed wire border

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  • Call for action: Street campaign remembers Gaza's 'obliterated families'

    There were 142 so-called 'obliterated families' in Gaza last summer — families that lost three or more members in Israeli attacks during the military offensive. Marking one year since the war, the Activestills photography collective wants your help to launch an international street exhibition to bring their faces and names to public spaces in cities around the world. One year on, the Activestills photography collective is launching an international street campaign to the Israeli offensive in Gaza last summer. Activestills is calling on activists — with a downloadable street exhibition kit — to bring the faces and names of Gaza families…

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  • Learning to photograph while running in Gaza

    Opening at Jaffa Theatre on Thursday as part of Tel Aviv's Solidarity Festival, an exhibition will feature the work of Activestills, including Gaza photographer Basel Yazouri. Having joined Activestills a few months before last summer's offensive, his work has been published in various international platforms, including +972 Magazine. But unlike his Israeli colleagues, the 19-year-old Gaza City resident is prevented from attending his own exhibition. We interview him about living and working in Gaza, and documenting one's own community in wartime. Tell us about covering the last war in Gaza. It was my first intense photographic experience. I used to cover day-to-day life before…

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  • PHOTOS: Pepper spray and arrests as Bil'in marks decade of struggle

    Text by Haggai Matar Photos by Yotam Ronen, Shiraz Grinbaum, Miki Kratsman / Activestills.org Nearly 1,000 protesters — Palestinians, Israelis and internationals — marched to celebrate 10 years of popular struggle in the West Bank village Bil'in. Soldiers responded with tear gas, pepper spray and arrests. One Palestinian was badly wounded. Meanwhile, activists marked 21 years since the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre, and called to open Shuhada Street to Palestinians. Approximately 1,000 protesters, most of them Palestinian, 100 Israelis and dozens of international activists took part in a large protest in Bil'in on Friday, marking ten years of popular…

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  • Bil'in: Photographing a decade of popular struggle

    Activestills photographers have been documenting the popular struggle protests against the Israeli Wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in from their inception in 2005. The following is a selection with personal stories marking 10 years of their work in the village. The village of Bil'in will mark a decade of nonviolent protests and popular struggle on Friday, February 27, 2015. By Keren Manor The first time I came to Bil'in was in 2005, with the Anarchists Against The Wall group. It was also my first time in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and one of the events that completely changed my…

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  • 'Activestills' photographers featured in 'Local Testimony' competition

    Photojournalism exhibition opens in Tel Aviv. Works by Tali Mayer, Yotam Ronen and Oren Ziv of Activestills are among those being featured for their work in 2014. Photographers from the Activestills collective, partners of +972 Magazine, Yotam Ronen, Tali Mayer and Oren Ziv are among the winners of the 2014 “Local Testimony” photojournalism competition. The “Photograph of the Year” was taken by Yuval Chen of Yedioth Aharonoth, who documented the girlfriend of 20-year-old fallen IDF soldier Guy Algranati standing over his grave, surrounded by members of his army unit in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery. Daniel Tchetchik of Haaretz won the…

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  • Palestinian teen murdered in suspected 'revenge kidnapping'

    Heavy clashes take place in a number of East Jerusalem neighborhoods, leading to dozens of injuries, including two photographers from Activestills; Kerry conveys condolences to the Palestinian people over despicable murder; 'revenge' calls spread throughout Israeli social networks, streets of Jerusalem. Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police broke out Wednesday morning when news broke of a suspected kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina hours earlier. Speculation that the killing was a nationalistically motivated and perpetrated by Jewish Israelis as revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the…

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  • Out of sight, out of mind: Right-wing students tear down Activestills photo exhibit

    Right-wing students vandalized an Activestills photo exhibition at an academic conference entitled "Visual Culture Between Obedience and Resistance," a few hours before the opening reception was to take place in Ramat Gan on Sunday. The Activestills photography collective was invited to exhibit 70 images from its archives and present them at the central vitrine in the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design’s main entrance hall for a period of two days, to accompany the conference held in a nearby auditorium. A few hours after the photographs were put in place, organizers of the conference -- Dr. Michal Gal, head of the visual…

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  • A year in photos: Palestine-Israel in 2013

    It is difficult to summarize and reflect on 365 days, especially in a place as eventful as Palestine-Israel. This year, Activestills photographers covered hundreds of events, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The following selection is a narrow peek into the amazing struggles and troubling events that took place in 2013. For a wider selection of 2013's best photos, visit ActiveStills' new website. Photos by: Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Keren Manor, Anne Paq, Ahmad al-Bazz, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Hamde Abu-Rahme, Tali Mayer, Shiraz Grinbaum / Activestills.org  

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  • Photo essay: Susya's women share their life through a lens

    The women of the Palestinian village of Susya tell their stories through the lens of a camera. A participatory photography project coordinated by Activestills.  By Activestills Around 400 people from 45 shepherds’ and farmers’ families are living in the Palestinian village of Susya, located in Area C (which is under Israeli military and civil control) in the South Hebron Hills. They have lived in this region on a seasonal basis since at least the 19th century. In 1986, the Israeli Civil Administration expelled the residents of Susya from their original village and declared the zone to be an archeological site on…

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