Tag Archives: Nir alon

Three 2011 Milestones

Not in chronological order;

  1. On June 1st 2011 “Images of My Thoughts” was officially registered as a business in Israel. I closed a 23-year chapter in life to open a new one, focused on one of my strongest passions – photojournalism … which leads to milestone number two.
  2. On May 29th 2011 I received my Fujifilm X100 that has since pushed the Canon DSLR deep into the closet, rekindling a lust for photographic creativity and strengthening the newly opened photo-journalistic chapter.
  3. On October 26th 2011 I underwent a heart cath – almost an epilogue, definitely a life changing experience, also the opening of a new chapter.

All three milestones come together in a 4-minute video;

 

 

So, here’s wishing us all many new and good chapters in 2012!

Leave a comment

Filed under art, documentary, image, israel, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Purim at The Kotel

Thousands celebrate Purim at the Western Wall. Jerusalem, Israel. 21/03/2011.

For more ‘click the pic’.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Int’l Women’s Day

Leave a comment

Filed under art, documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Gilad Shalit Belongs To Us All!

A rally marking 1,700 days of captivity was held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM’s residence in Jerusalem. Supporters call upon PM Benyamin Netanyahu to negotiate a prisoner swap with Hammas for the release of Shalit. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

Shalit family at a rally marking 1,700 days of captivity held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM's residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

Gilad Shalit (born 28 August 1986) is an Israeli soldier abducted by Palestinian militants in a cross border raid near the Gaza Strip on 25 June 2006 and is being held hostage by Hammas ever since.

Supporter carries sign stating "Gilad Shalit belongs to us all" at a rally marking 1,700 days of captivity held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM's residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Second Gas Price Hike Convoy From Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem

Click the pic

In the battle against rising fuel prices a second convoy is staged from Tel-Aviv to the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem. Sixty percent of fuel prices in Israel are tax. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/01/2011

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Women Of The Wall Welcome Month of Shevat

 

And one used in The Telegraph:

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Even if it doesn’t help, it won’t hurt!

Hundreds gathered this afternoon, on the 22nd day of the Jewish month of Kislev in the year 5771, at the Wailing Wall for a mass prayer for rain, following a day of fast called upon by Chief Rabbis of Israel.

Services at the Kotel were lead by Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, HaRishon LeTzion, Chief Rabbi of Sephardi Jews and President of The Great Rabbinical Court and silver horns were sounded. Yesterday, Rabbi Amar sent a plea to the worldwide Jewish community to join the fast and prayer, writing “We must gather and shout out to the Creator of the universe to have mercy and compassion on his people Israel, and His mercies are abundant.”

According to statistical data provided by the Israel Meteorological Service to date there has only been 5mm of rainfall on a nationwide average, which is only about 7% of the rainfall last year at this time and only 1% of the multi-year seasonal average.

In spite of the prayers forecasters are predicting at least another ten dry days.

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Yom Kippur, 5771

Just ahead of Yom Kippur religious Jews undergo flogging preserving ancient customs. Jerusalem, Israel. 17/09/2010

Just a few hours ahead of Yom Kippur religious Jews perform Kapparot. Jerusalem, Israel. 17/09/2010.

A young man watching a traditional butcher sacrificing hens in the Jewish tradition of Kapparot. Jerusalem, Israel. 17/09/2010.

A young girl in awe watching a traditional butcher sacrificing hens in the Jewish tradition of Kapparot. Jerusalem, Israel. 17/09/2010.

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photography, photojournalism, photos

Smile

Jerusalem gay pride "March For Equality" reaches the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, exactly one year after the massacre in the Bar Noar gay youth club in Tel-Aviv. Jerusalem, Israel. 29/07/2010.

Jerusalem gay pride “March For Equality” reaches the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, exactly one year after the massacre in the Bar Noar gay youth club in Tel-Aviv. This year’s parade was very conservative in comparison to previous years, sounding a quiet and solemn political message and commemorating Nir Katz and Liz Trobishi, victims of gunshots on August 1st, 2009.

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photography, photojournalism, photos

04:22 phone call

Definitely frightening but I can assure you Renault claims for driver and passenger safety are something you can bet on!

Renault Scenic junked in head-on lamp post collision - three young ladies walk out with barely a scratch. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/07/2010

Renault Scenic junked in head-on lamp post collision - three young ladies walk out with barely a scratch. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/07/2010

Renault Scenic junked in head-on lamp post collision - three young ladies walk out with barely a scratch. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/07/2010

Renault Scenic junked in head-on lamp post collision - three young ladies walk out with barely a scratch. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/07/2010

Renault Scenic junked in head-on lamp post collision - three young ladies walk out with barely a scratch. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/07/2010

Renault Scenic junked in head-on lamp post collision - three young ladies walk out with barely a scratch. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/07/2010

Renault Scenic junked in head-on lamp post collision - three young ladies walk out with barely a scratch. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/07/2010

3 Comments

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photography, photojournalism, photos

Anyone remember Pollard?

Activists mark 9,000 days of imprisonment for Jonathan Pollard setting up a picket tent under the Calatrava Chords Bridge in Jerusalem. They plan on protesting for three days.

Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American born in 1954, was a civilian intelligence analyst. He was convicted of spying for Israel and received a life sentence in 1987. Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995 but denied that he was an Israeli spy. In 1998 Benjamin Netanyahu admitted Pollard had been an Israeli agent.

Pollard’s wife, Anne, was sentenced to five years in prison and paroled after three and a half years because of health problems. At the end of Anne’s parole she immigrated to Israel. Jonathan divorced Anne and later married Elaine Esther, an activist for his release.

Over the years activists and Israeli politicians have lobbied for Pollard’s release. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has in the past voiced very strong support for Pollard, visiting the convict in prison in 2002. Pro-Pollard activists are now trying to ride the wave of the Gilad Shalit campaign and to tie the two together. They voice anger at the fact that the PM, in his recent U.S. visit and talks with Pres. Obama, only had Gilad Shalit on his agenda, not even mentioning Jonathan Pollard.

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Speak to us of children!

First, there are the children of Sheikh Jarrah …

And then there are the adults …

And a whoman who held a babe against her bosom said,
– Speak to us of children!

And he said:
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come trough you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of to-narrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Leave a comment

Filed under art, documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Let My People Go!

My prayer for Passover…

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Jerusalemites! Look carefully!

Jerusalemites! Look carefully! You’ve known the poster for years – now it’s competing with the real thing!

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photography, photojournalism, photos

Visiting Sheikh Jarrah Once Again

.
The High Court of Justice on Thursday (2010-03-04) criticized the Israel Police for banning a demonstration planned by left–wing activists in Sheikh Jarrah. The hearing was petitioned by residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood asking the court to allow the Saturday night protest against the eviction of Arab families from homes in the neighborhood. Judges were surprised why the police had not made every effort to find a fitting time and location for the demonstration, asking rhetorically, “Are we in the year 1980?”. The hearing was interrupted when Judge Dorit Beinisch suggested both sides negotiate to find a solution. She also asked that Jerusalem police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco personally attend the afternoon hearing to represent the police.
Finally, Beinisch ordered police to allow the protest to take place, as well as a small group of activists to enter the area near the occupied homes in the neighborhood. “Reality is tough but it is the police forces’ duty to overcome its’ obstacles,” Supreme Court President Justice Dorit Beinisch reportedly said.
.
.
Beyond expectations, thousands showed up for what was to be a very colorful rally. Flags of all colors were displayed although the most dominant were red, with the communist hammer and sickle. There was also significant controversy among the speakers on stage and in the crowd below. While Jewish speakers hailed the joint effort of Palestinians and Israelis and declared the rebirth of the Israeli political left aiming to strengthen democracy and to bring a two-state solution, most Arab speakers only had one state in mind – an Arab Palestine state from sea to sea (Mediterranean to Dead Sea).
.
.
.
.

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Boys

A young Jewish boy holds an Israeli flag at a counter-demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem

A young Palestinian boy tries to understand what Israeli flags are doing in his neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah

As the two young boys confront each other, for just a split second, frustration and anger form a raised fist in an act of retaliation with no real intent

29/1/2009, Jerusalem – Violence, dozens of arrests and claims of police brutality have characterized the last few weeks in Sheikh Jarrah, every Friday, following weekly rallies protesting Palestinian eviction from homes and the takeover of these homes by Jewish settlers. Today, police seemed embarrassed and more hesitant in their dealings with ‘unruly’ Arabs and leftist protesters.
Yesterday, January 28, Justice Gad Erenberg of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, rejected police request to extend the remand of those arrested for disorderly conduct last week, January 22, until the end of legal proceedings, and ruled that leftist demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah are not illegal as claimed by the police. The judge wrote, “Because freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are basic rights, the police must protect those who assemble from others and not declare their gathering as illegal because they fear retaliation from others.” He further stated that the gatherings are legal as long as protesters do not disturb public order or disrupt traffic. The judge noted that according to eyewitness accounts, the protesters yelled at worshipers and even spat at one of them. From that moment on, the judge said, the gathering became illegal and therefore the arrests made afterwards were legitimate.
Turnout today was greater than previous weeks. Several hundred activists assembled carrying signs reading “Free Sheikh Jarrah”, “Stop Apartheid”, “There is no holiness in an occupied city” and “Eviction from homes hurts”. Across the street several right-wing activists staged a counter demonstration. The atmosphere was joyful but tense as both sides awaited police reaction. But, as the sun sank in the West, the serenity of the Sabbath overcame politics and all involved disperssed very quietly.

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photography, photojournalism, photos

Yuri Kozyrev

World Press Photo 2009 on display in Tel-Aviv at The Eretz Museum. Depicted is Yuri Kozyrev’s 1st prize in portraits singles; Rajiha Jihad Jassim (37) stands with her son Sarhan, in Baghdad, Iraq. Her husband, Gazie Swadi Tofan, was kidnapped in November 2006 and is still missing. For months she visited the city morgue to join the crowd that daily watches the images of unidentified corpses screened on five video monitors, in case she could recognize her husband among the dead. With five children and no family income, she can no longer pay the bus fare so does not visit the morgue any more, but still hopes for Tofan’s return.

2 Comments

Filed under photography

From West To East

11-Dec-2009, Jerusalem – Parallel to the first human rights march taking place on the International Day For Human Rights in Tel-Aviv, several dozen Jewish-Israeli activists in Jerusalem marched in solidarity with East-Jerusalem Palestinians. From West to East was the slogan for the march that began in Jerusalem’s downtown area in the west and progressed to the Arab neighborhood of Sheik Jarach in the east, ending in a demonstration at the El-Kurd home, from which the Palestinian El-Kurd family were evicted by court order in November. Their home has since been taken over by Jewish right-winged settlers.

1 Comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Yearning for Jerusalem No More

The Ethiopian Jewish community, called Beta-Israel, lived in seclusion for over 1,000 years, only reconnecting to the Jewish world in the late 20th century. According to Ethiopian tradition, their roots go back 3,000 years to the era of King Solomon. Like their brethren in many parts of the world, Ethiopian Jews suffered persecution for their beliefs and refusal to adopt Christianity. In the Middle Ages their lands were confiscated, villages plundered and many murdered. They were nicknamed Falash – intruders, homeless and without property. Despite the hardships, this community preserved their traditions with great devotion and generations were educated on the value of yearning for a return to Jerusalem, The Holy City, home of The Temple, pure and holy. The Sigd celebrations, Sigd meaning “to bow or prostate oneself”, convey their love and yearning for Jerusalem.

Traditionally the celebrations took place on a hilltop looking toward Jerusalem,signifying a renewal of the bond with God. Now, with a community of over 150,000 in Israel the main event takes place annually at the Sherover Promenade in Jerusalem, overlooking The Temple Mount.Thousands followed the Kessim, the religious leaders, and gathered in the late morning hours in colorful traditional garments or in whites signifying purity, to pray and give thanks. Guests of honor included Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

The yearning for Jerusalem has become a reality. Israeli-born offspring to Ethiopian Jews are finding it more and more difficult to identify with the aspirations of their forefathers. First signs are evident that this ancient ethnic celebration of hope and faith might one day be forgotten.

The 35mm f/2 was a pleasure to work with! Light and extremely mobile hanging on my neck – I could easily raise it quickly to get the shot I wanted without scaring off the subject. Some shots were even framed from the chest. I love the shallow depth of field! Most of the work was done at f2.5 ISO100 with very high shutter speeds.  Close and intimate!

nir

2 Comments

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photographer, photography, photojournalism, photos

Atonement

On the Eve of Yom Kippur David Sakargi seeks penance performing the ancient ritual of Kapparot on:

TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem

Leave a comment

Filed under documentary, image, israel, Jerusalem, photo, photography, photojournalism, photos