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Memorial Day

Everything comes to a stop nationwide, including the Jerusalem Light Rail, at exactly 11:00 on Memorial Day as a two-minute air-raid siren shatters the silence. Passengers stand solemnly contemplating Israel’s 22,993 fallen soldiers and terror victims. Jerusalem, Israel. 25-Apr-2012.

A mother lays her head in grief on the grave of her son in the Police section of Mt. Hertzl Military Cemetery. Jerusalem, Israel. 25-Apr-2012.

A lone IDF soldier sits by the grave of a family member or friend at Mt. Hertzl Military Cemetery on Memorial Day. Jerusalem, Israel. 25-Apr-2012.

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Tisha Be’Av – Mourning the Loss of The Temple

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

On the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, Tisha Be’Av (Hebrew), Jews all over the world mourn the destruction of the two Holy Temples; the First Temple built by King Solomon was destroyed by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE and the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. Jews were dispersed and exiled all over the world for almost the next 2,000 years. Other tragic events are also tied to this date; God told the Children of Israel that the oldest generation would not enter the Land, the city of Betar was captured and thousands of Jews were killed in 135 CE, the Roman emperor built a pagan temple on the site of the Holy Temple and rebuilt Jerusalem as a pagan city in 136 CE, Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492 began on Tisha Be’Av, World War I began and the beginning of the deportations from the Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka death camp.

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be’Av is a day of fast, of prayer, of reflection, and of reading the Book of Lamentations. Thousands of Jews from all over Israel visit the last remnant of the Temple – The Western Wall (also called The Wailing Wall), exhibiting symbols of mourning; sitting on the ground or on low stools, not wearing leather shoes, not washing or bathing and refraining from any display of physical affection.

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha BeAv, Jerusalem, July 2009

Tisha Be'Av, Jerusalem, July 2009

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goodbye nadia

how do you mourn someone when you’re not sure she’s dead?

in november 2005 i became acquainted with nadia abu-amar, one of the wonderful young ladies at a shelter for women in jerusalem, as part of a project titled in spite of!

nadia was camera shy, more than the other girls. even after months of shooting she would still give me her shy smile when she noticed the lens in her direction. i had to sneak up on her to capture her true spirit. and what a strong spirit! she was tough, determined, independant, she new exactly what what she wanted and she went out to get it! her very short life heaped with intense experiences molded and matured her character to a level you or i would have achieved only many years later.

nadia was hiding out at the shelter from her family. hiding out for fear of continued abuse, sexual and other, and for fear of retribution, for daring to speak her thoughts and her desires, for daring not to marry the man her father had ‘sold’ her to. nadia’s cultural arab background dictates a death sentance as a reward for her independent character.

a mother, a father, brothers – a new definition to “family”.

“i sat and spoke to the ocean. it doesn’t answer but it hears”

“yes, i have overcome, but sometimes i am still terrified”

in november 2007 nadia went to visit her sister in haifa. on her way back to the shelter in jerusalem nadia disappeared. months of a police investigation did not turn up a body, only a proud and arrogant brother’s declaration “i slaughtered her. she deserved to die!” criminal charges have been filed against three brothers and an uncle and have yet to be concluded in court.

for months nadia’s room at the shelter remained just as she had left it; her clothes in the closet, her articles on the dresser and her works of art on the wall above her bed – a mixture of hope and disbelief. but finally, her friends deserve to say goodbye and mourn. sunday, june 15th, a memorial service will be held for nadia, a final farewell, at the hostel.

 

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