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  • How Israeli photography creates a world without Palestinians

    The myth of the land of Mandate Palestine as an untapped oasis waiting for Jewish habitation is still thriving on both sides of the Green Line. Photographs are a key tool for perpetuating — and challenging — that myth. David Rubinger, Israel’s most famous photographer, died on 1 March at the age of 92. His photograph of three Israeli paratroopers gazing at the Western Wall, taken minutes after Israeli forces seized Jerusalem’s Old City during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, was widely revered as a symbol of Zionism’s triumphant destiny. Rubinger, however, was not particularly fond of the picture: “Part of…

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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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  • New books document 10 years of protest in Bil'in

    'Occupied Palestine Through My Lens' is a visual chronicle of the West Bank village's struggle against the Israeli separation barrier. 'Children of Bil'in' is a book of portraits of youngsters from the village, the proceeds of which will benefit Palestinian children with cancer. When the bulldozers arrived in Bil’in for the first time, in February 2005, and the villagers went out to protect their lands from the separation barrier, Haitham Khatib decided that somebody has to start documenting the popular resistance. It couldn’t be that people are non-violently protesting against an army coming to steal their land (roughly 1,500 dunams…

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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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  • Replace fake co-existence photos with real images of co-resistance

    The exposure of a popular 'co-existence' photo as a staged fabrication points to the need for better images of the path to a just peace. Text and photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org A photograph intended to illustrate the peace process ended up being more accurate than intended. The now-iconic image showing a “Palestinian” and an Israeli boy walking arm in arm was a contrived set-up that anyone with experience in the region should have been able to spot as a fake. The popular photo recently showed up in a tweet by Rihanna after she posted — and then quickly deleted…

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  • 47 years of occupation: Every photo tells a story

    Marking 47 years of the Israeli occupation since 1967, we asked Activestills photographers to choose one photograph from their archive and write about it.  Oren Ziv Going every week to the protests in West Bank village of Bil'in, I knew most of the people who were attending the demonstrations. One of them was Bassem Abu Rahme, also known as "Fill." At every protest he would go to the front and try to talk to the soldiers in Hebrew. On the day I took his photo, some of the protesters managed to cross the first gate of the separation barrier and  march between…

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  • Images of Bedouin displacement foreshadow a ‘Nakba in the Negev’

    At a 'Zochrot' exhibition opening, compelling photography, first exhibited in the 'unrecognized village' of al-Araqib in 2012, documents home demolitions and Bedouin demonstrations against the Prawer Plan. The boy in the photograph is half-smiling because he saved his birds, said photographer Aiob Abo Madegam. In the image, behind the Palestinian Bedouin boy holding a blue crate containing chickens, at least a dozen Israeli policemen in full riot gear don’t notice Madegam’s camera. Israeli authorities had just demolished the village of al-Araqib in the Negev for the first time, on July 27, 2010, including the animal pens. This is one of…

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  • PHOTOS: Israeli troops shoot Palestinian photographer in the face

    WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES Israeli soldiers target a Palestinian photographer who was taking pictures of them invading Aida Refugee Camp, shooting him in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet.  At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Israeli soldiers entered Aida Refugee Camp through a gate in the separation wall dividing Rachel’s Tomb from Bethlehem. There were no clashes at the time, and their presence in the camp was not provoked, but was itself a provocation. Mohammad Al-Azza began photographing the advancing soldiers from the second-floor balcony of the Lajee Center, a children’s center near the camp entrance where he has long volunteered in…

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  • A week in photos: August 22-29

    Demolitions and arrests in the West Bank, solidarity with Rachel Corrie's family, preparing for war, and more. Activestills images tell the stories of the week. Activestills is a collective of Israeli, international and Palestinian photographers, united by a conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change. To stay updated on our latest images, like Activestills on Facebook  or follow @activestills on Twitter. You can also visit our flickr photostream.

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  • IMAGE: News photographer's wounds

    Oren Ziv is one of the founders of Activestills, the photo agency that +972 has been working with since the site was launched. Activestills' photographers are present in places that other media organizations often avoid: On their flickr photostream you can see images from the front lines of unarmed protest in Palestinian villages, arrests of Israeli activists during J14 demonstrations, evacuations of Palestinians and poor Jewish families from their homes, trials of activists and whistleblowers, and much more. There are more pictures by Oren Ziv on +972 than by any other photographer, including our own bloggers. On Tuesday, Oren was hit…

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