The First Intifada Palestine 1987
1987 الانتفاضة الفلسطينية الأولى



Since the mid-1980s, the visual narrative of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has been predictable: photographs of stone-throwing teenagers confronting Israeli soldiers, refugee camps, mothers mourning children killed in conflicts, and long lines at border crossing points. Particularly dramatic variations on these visual tropes make the front pages and win awards.

Tanya Habjouqa, a Jordanian-born photographer, looks for subtler strategies to explore today’s Palestinian experience.

“I really felt like I needed to find another way to tell a story, not only just to make sense of it for myself but to make sense of it for how I’m going to present it to my children as well, since this is going to be their home too,” said Ms. Habjouqa, who lives in East Jerusalem with her husband, a Palestinian lawyer with Israeli citizenship, and their two children.

She focused on pleasure instead of suffering. She focused on humor, too, which she said Palestinians use to face the absurdities of everyday life in the Israeli-controlled West Bank and the Hamas-controlled Gaza.

“I am in awe of the Palestinians for not only surviving but actually enjoying their lives in the face of the difficulties of their daily life and their political situation,” said Ms. Habjouqa, who was raised mostly in Texas.

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Israel denied entry permits to some 50 Palestinian medical patients from the Gaza Strip today. Suhad al-Katib, above, suffers from cancer and was one of those patients. Want to know why they were denied medical treatment?

Because the words “State of Palestine” appears on the letterhead of their application. 

Remember, the United Nations general assembly voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a state, in November 2012, with 138 in favor of the plan and only nine against.

That’s Israel for you. 

(Photos: Mohammed Salem / Reuters)

"When proven wrong, the wise man will correct himself and the ignorant will keep arguing."
Ali ibn Abi Talib, alayhi salam  (via thealchemisticpoet)


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