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Haredim Attempt to Ignite Jerusalem

Police break up rioting by hundreds of Haredim in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat following the arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot and set dumpsters ablaze in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Police break up rioting by hundreds of Haredim in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat following the arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim nearHundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

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This week in photos

1931

1931 doorway in the Christian Quarter. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 1250, f/2, 1/60

Jerusalem Light Festival

Festival of light. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 2500, f/2, 1/340

Beitar Yerushalaim

Some five-hundred supporters of Beitar Jerusalem Football Club rally in support of their favorite team at first seasonal training session in Bayit VaGan Field. Supporters broke into the field disrupting practice and hugging the players. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 800, f/4, 1/550

Turning Point 5

Business as usual for the genral public while an evacuation to shelters is announced in Home Front Command exercise "Turning Point 5" at central bus station. Jerusalem, Israel. 22/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 640, f/4, 1/60

Home Front Command

"Turning Point 5", now in its last day, drills a passenger jet crash at Reading Power Plant. Bodies of three casualties lay alongside aircraft debris. Tel-Aviv, Israel. 23/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1400

World refugee Day

Refugee children from far corners of the Earth and Israeli children play together in Hebrew at a rally in the Levinski Park to mark World Refugee Day. Tel-Aviv, Israel. 24/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 400, f/4, 1/320

Upgraded X100 firmware to version 1.10 – smooth as butter!

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Palestinian Youth Riot in Isawiyah on Yom El-Nakba

Yom El-Nakba in Isawiyah

Jerusalem Police prepare to disperse a few dozen Palestinian youths rioting in Isawiyah on Yom El-Naqba. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/05/2011.

Yom El-Nakba in Isawiyah

Jerusalem Police prepare to disperse a few dozen Palestinian youths rioting in Isawiyah on Yom El-Naqba. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/05/2011

Yom El-Nakba in Isawiyah

Jerusalem Police prepare to disperse a few dozen Palestinian youths rioting in Isawiyah on Yom El-Naqba. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/05/2011.

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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.

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Garbage!

Ultra-Orthodox Haredim put up a last stand in Jerusalem protesting an already lost battle against removal of graves from Ashkelon Barzilay Hospital construction site. Jerusalem, Israel. 16/05/2010.

I leave you to decide what the post title describes.

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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

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Let My People Go!

My prayer for Passover…

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Sabbath Wars – Episode Two

26-June-2009, Jerusalem – Just two weeks after a violent demonstration in the Safra Municipal Square in Jerusalem (6-June-2009), thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews have taken to the streets of Jerusalem once again. Bar-Ilan Street is depicted in mass public prayer on Friday afternoon, just as sunset declared the beginning of the Sabbath.

The issue of opening a parking lot on the Sabbath continues to be a source of conflict between secular Mayor Nir Barkat and the religious Haredi community in the city. During the past two weeks negotiations took place in an attempt to find a compromise that would satisfy all parties and provide a solution for Jerusalem’s extreme Sabbath parking problems. When the desired compromise was not achieved, Barkat announced the Karta parking lot would open this Saturday. Ultra-orthodox leader, Rabbi Itzchak Tuvia Weiss called on the Haredi community, using written pamphlets scattered in the streets, to assemble Friday afternoon in mass public prayers and to welcome the Sabbath in a show of force and opposition of municipal resolutions.

Episode III this Saturday afternoon …?

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Sabbath Wars – Episode One

6-June-2009, Jerusalem – Thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews demonstrated today opposing the directive given by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, to open the Safra parking lot on the Sabbath. On the opposing side several dozens of students and non-observant residents came to have their say carrying signs reading “Terror is not only from Hammas”, “This is not Tehran!” and singing the Israeli National Anthem stressing the words “to be a free people in our country, the land of Zion, Jerusalem”.

Municipal parking lots have been closed on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, for years, corresponding with a status quo between the secular and religious communities of Jerusalem. The Safra parking lot, located under City Hall at Safra Square, serves the downtown Jerusalem area as well as thousands of visitors and tourists in the Old City. The move to open the parking lot on Saturdays corresponds to Barkat’s line opposing religious coercion and in an attempt to offer a solution to the extreme parking problems surrounding the Old City and the Jaffa Gate. Trying to control religious outrage the municipality decided not to collect fees for parking on the Sabbath, as opposed by Jewish law, but diplomatic efforts were not successful.

Rabbi Itzchak Tuvia Weiss, head of the ultra-orthodox community was quoted this week saying “We will light the city on fire for the sanctity of Jerusalem!” and he did indeed light a fire in the hearts of his followers. Thousands gathered on Shivtei Israel Street, near the parking lot entrance, chanting “Shabbes, Shabbes!” (Sabbath) at the top of their lungs as well as “Nazis!” to policemen. The Jerusalem Police exhibited great restraint in light of extreme verbal and physical provocation until the order came down the ranks to disperse the demonstration. In summary; six policemen injured, one injured photographer and seven demonstrators arrested.

Sidenote: Images displayed shot solely with Canon G10. After months of greatly enjoying this camera it disappointed shooting under rapidly changing conditions and events; very slow zoom in/out reaction, very slow to impossible shooting in rapid succession, burnt highlights.  Shooting at this demonstration may have caused an unrepairable dent in my G10 love affair…

8-June-2009 – Sabbath Wars on Telegraph (UK), Le Monde (France), Future News (Lebanon) and the Himalayan Times (Nepal) Internet sites via Demotix Widget

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action packed week

 

none of this is real. all part of a large-scale excercise. but all parties involved were very determined!

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death all around by finbarr o’reilly

 

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cry of the celts

dolmen, neolithic burial tomb, october 2007, donegal, ireland

Wikipedia –

The History of Ireland began with the first known human settlement in Ireland around 8000 BC, when hunter-gatherers arrived from Britain and continental Europe, probably via a land bridge. Few archaeological traces remain of this group, but their descendants and later Neolithic arrivals, particularly from the Iberian Peninsula, were responsible for major Neolithic sites such as Newgrange. Following the arrival of Saint Patrick and other Christian missionaries in the early to mid-5th century, Christianity subsumed the indigenous pagan religion by the year 600.

 

celtic cross, october 2007, sligo, ireland

From around 800, more than a century of Viking invasions wrought havoc upon the monastic culture and on the island’s various regional dynasties, yet both of these institutions proved strong enough to survive and assimilate the invaders. The coming of Anglo-Norman mercenaries under Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, nicknamed Strongbow, in 1169 marked the beginning of more than 800 years of direct English involvement in Ireland.

 

celtic cross, october 2007, louth, ireland

the whole of ireland was occupied and ruled by great britain for over 800 years. the descendants of ancient celtic tribes were robbed of their land, self government, pride and basic human freedoms. hundreds of years of british plantation and manipulation reduced the majority of the irish population to a life of peasantry in the 19th century, subordinate to greedy landlords – 8 million people totally relying on … a potato.

irish farmer, october 2007, sligo, ireland

in 1845 a fungus attacked the only source of food available to a poor rural population, most of them living in mud cabins. the worst european disaster of the 19th century, known as the irish famine, lasted 7 years and brought mass starvation. during these years the british rule showed total incompetence, dublin nobility continued partying and greedy landlords exported enough grain to have kept millions of irish alive. within 7 years the irish population fell by 3.5 million. exactly how many died and how many emigrated? nobody knows.

famine village, october 2007, donegal, ireland

the easter rising of 1916, lasting a week, devastating dublin and ending in the rebels’ surrender and execution of leaders expedited the 1918 war of independence and brought to the partition of ireland in 1921. northern ireland remained a part of the u.k., a state which discriminated the catholic irish as a matter of policy.

commemoration murial, october 2007, belfast

the troubles began in the late 1960’s. 30 years of bloody violence between republican and loyalist paramilitary groups, including the ira, the royal ulster constabulary (the police force of northern ireland at the time) and the british army. between 1969 and 2001, 3,523 people were killed as a result of the troubles, 1,855 of them civilians, 47,000 injured, 16,000 bombings, 20,000 imprisoned. quite an intifada!

a gate in the barrier, october 2007, belfast

almost unbelievably, on friday april 10th 1998, good friday, both british and irish governments signed the belfast agreement for the creation of a power-sharing executive body committed to the use of “exclusively peaceful and democratic means”. the agreement was endorsed by almost all northern ireland political parties. which, with great emotion, reminds me of a song from childhood – 

Last night I had the strangest dream,
I never dreamed before.
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.
I dreamed I saw a mighty room,
The room was filled with men.
And the papers they were signing said
They’d never fight again.

And when the papers were all signed,
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and bowed their heads,
And grateful prayers were made.
And the people in the streets below,
They all danced round and round.
And guns and swords and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground.


international wall, october 2007, belfast

why the great emotion? because as an israeli living in a land of violent conflict, who has served in the army and been in wars, who is raising three children in this crazy part of the world, the eldest of which is now doing military service … there is hope! in this sense belfast was amazing! past enemies of decades living side by side in a modern city, sharing governing powers and responsibility for building the future, making a sincere effort together. not everything is perfect. the peace is tense. a barrier still divides parts of the city and the gates are locked every evening at 6 to prevent unnecessary friction. i felt the tension in the air, i could almost touch it. but everyone i talked to can voice only one thing – hope for lasting peace. yes, for me that causes a surge of emotion from deep inside.

hope for lasting peace, october 2007, sligo, ireland

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nir, with thanks to david o’connor!

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