Here and There

Already two weeks after coming to Palestine and only now the things are becoming clearer.. There’s no one correct vision of the situation, as well, as there’s no single version of the truth in matter of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Exist many different points of view and many realities, so the general picture has nothing to do with coherence. When trying to put the things together, they don’t seem to make sense. In this complex environment, only intuition, common sense and distinction between good and evil allow the orientation in the situation. In case of any doubts, respect for human rights should be the best guideline.

Old City, Jerusalem

Old City, Jerusalem

Market in the Old City, Jerusalem

Market in the Old City, Jerusalem

Ancient ruins in the Old City, Jerusalem

Ancient ruins in the Old City, Jerusalem

Damascus Gate, Old City, Jerusalem

Damascus Gate, Old City, Jerusalem

Church of thr Holy Sepulchre

Church of thr Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Church of thr Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Church of thr Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Cafe near the wall of the Old City, West Jerusalem

Cafe near the wall of the Old City, West Jerusalem

DSC09877Cafe near the wall of the Old City, West Jerusalem

Cafe near the wall of the Old City, West Jerusalem

Mamilla Mal, West Jerusalem

Mamilla Mal, West Jerusalem

West Jerusalem

City Centre, West Jerusalem

Cofe on Mehane Jehuda Street, West Jerusalem

Cafe on Mehane Jehuda Street, West Jerusalem

Sea of Galilee, Israel

Sea of Galilee, Israel

Mount Arbel, Galilee, Israel

Mount Arbel, Galilee, Israel

Mount Arbel Caves, Galilee, Israel

Mount Arbel Caves, Galilee, Israel

Jesus Trail, Galilee, Israel

Jesus Trail, Galilee, Israel

Beduin Tent,

Beduin Tent,

The Citadel, Safad, Israel

The Citadel, Safad, Israel

The Old City, Safad, Israel

The Old City, Safad, Israel

The Old City, Safad, Israel

The Old City, Safad, Israel

That what for Christians is the Holy Land, for Jews is the Promised Land, for tourists all around the world is a part of Middle East sightseeing trips, for the interantional community is a hot spot of long-lasting conflict, but finally, it’s also a Homeland for Palestinians. It becomes even more complicated, when we consider that all the already mentioned groups, or stakeholders, could be devided:

in those, who are conscient of the actual situation in the area, and those, who seem to ignore it,

in those, who are openminded and liberal, and those, who are conservative and radical,

in those, who are still focusing in the past, and those, who deal with the presence, looking forward for the upcoming events,

in those, who are sticking to the jewish version of history, and those, who are eager to listen to the palestinian one,

in those, who have seen the life under occupation, and those, who haven’t.

It’s incredible, how different can be opinions on that subject, and how many pictures and emotions can evoke this one word:

PALESTINE.

Ramallah, view from the bus station

Ramallah, view from the bus station

city centre, Ramallah

Ramallah, city centre

Ramallah, view from the same bus station ;)

Ramallah, view from the same bus station 😉

The market, Old City, Hebron

The market, Old City, Hebron

Hebron's city centre

Hebron’s city center

Hebron's city center

Hebron’s city center

Market at Bab al Zawiyya, Hebron.

Market at Bab al Zawiyya, Hebron.

Market at Bab al Zawiyya, Hebron.

Market at Bab al Zawiyya, Hebron.

Hebron's Old City.

Hebron’s Old City.

Street market, Hebron

Street market, Hebron

Old City, Hebron

Old City, Hebron

The market, Hebron

The market, Hebron

Hebron's city centre

Sreet market, Hebron

Hebron's city centre

Hebron’s city center

It’s almost painful to see here all those thoughtless pilgrims on their way to churches and holy sites, tourists taking photos of the ancient remains, to watch the development of the flourishing State of Israel, while the human tragedy unfolds just few steps aside. One can’t stay indifferent to the injustices and difficulties faced by Palestinians in their daily live. Pervasive restrictions, omnipresent surveillance, humiliation, presumption of guilt, arrests (even of children!), excessive use of violence, sometimes leading to death… All that should be summed up with the constant development of settlements and surrounding them infrastructures, which leads to the enclosure of Palestinians in crowed enclaves, kind of ghettos.. Palestinians are deprived of their land, their rights and their dignity. And all this is taking place on eyes of the international community, which is unable to talk with one voice, putting an end to the occupation.

Israeli soldiers waiting for their usual military action at Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem.

Israeli soldiers waiting for their usual military action at Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem.

Israeli soldiers and police at their position by the entrance to the palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem annexed by Israel in 1967.

Israeli soldiers and police at their position by the entrance to the palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in 1967.

Competing for presence, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Israel and Palestine competing for presence, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Always ready for new closure, Lions Gate (near Al Aqsa Mosque), Old City, Jerusalem

Israeli police is always ready for new closure, Lions Gate (near Al Aqsa Mosque), Old City, Jerusalem

Restrictions of movement, Old City, Jerusalem

Restrictions of movement, Old City, Jerusalem

Damascus Gate - clashes hot spot, Old City, Jerusalem

Damascus Gate – clashes hot spot, Old City, Jerusalem

Lifta - "ghost village", Jerusalem

Lifta – „ghost village” which palestinian inhabitants were expelled by Israel after war in 1967, Jerusalem

Separat

Separation barrier in Betlehem – one of the symbols of the occupation, segregation and apartheid

Separation barrier with famous graffitti, Betlehem

Separation barrier with famous graffittis, Betlehem

Military base in Betlehem, an area close to the Wall and Aida refugee camp - an usual zone for the clashes

Military base in Betlehem, an area close to the Wall and Aida refugee camp – an usual zone for the clashes

A poster found on one of the main streets in Betlehem

A poster found on one of the main streets in Betlehem

Soldiers by the road between Hebron and Betlehem

Soldiers by the road between Hebron and Betlehem

Check-point between Jerusalem and Betlehem. Car is being checked, because it has a palestinian driver...

Check-point between Jerusalem and Betlehem. Car is being checked, because it has a palestinian driver…

Israeli military post at the entrance to Beit Ummar village - the hot spot and famous zone of clashes in the last few weeks.

Israeli military post at the entrance to Beit Ummar village – the hot spot and famous zone of clashes in the last few weeks.

Police office by Ibrahmi Mosque, Hebron

Police station near the Ibrahmi Mosque, Old City, Hebron

Crossroad... to the left, way to Ibrahimi Mosque, access closed for Palestinians. One of many movement restrictions in Hebron

Crossroad… to the left, way to Ibrahimi Mosque, access closed for Palestinians. One of many movement restrictions in Hebron

Check-point at the Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron

Check-point at the Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron

Military post at the Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron

Military post at the Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron

Israeli soldiers checking palestinians IDs near Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron

Israeli soldiers checking palestinians IDs near Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron

Permanent closure of one of streets in Hebron

Permanent closure of one of streets in Hebron’s Old City

Demolished houses of the Old City in Hebron (in order to create an easy access to the Abraham's Synagogue for settlers from KIryat Arba...)

Demolished houses of the Old City in Hebron (in order to create an easy access to the Abraham’s Synagogue for settlers from Kiryat Arba…).

EAPPI team approaching CP 56 by empty beginning of Shuhada Street... Entrance to the Hebron's "ghost city"

EAPPI team approaching CP 56 by empty beginning of Shuhada Street… Entrance to the Hebron’s „ghost city” – an area which inhabitants were expelled by Israelis

Check-point 56 and it's usual actors: israeli soldiers, Palestinians, TIPH and us ;)

Activists from TIPH (Temprary International Presence in Hebron) by the check-point 56 on Shuhada Street, Hebron

Settlers on Shuhada street - area completely closed for Palestinians, forming part of so-called Hebron's "ghost city"... Houses are empty as a result of masive evictions.

Settlers on Shuhada street – area completely closed for Palestinians, forming part of so-called Hebron’s „ghost city”… Houses are empty as a result of masive evictions.

Closed street in Hebron's Old City - former "chicken market".

Closed street in Hebron’s Old City – former „chicken market”.

Nets protecticting streets of Hebron's old city from the garbage thrown by Israelis from windows of their settlement

Nets protecticting streets of Hebron’s old city from the garbage thrown by Israelis from windows of their settlement

One of the streets of the Hebron's old city seized by israeli settlers - empty houses and closed shops... Area that used to be a lively market

One of the streets of the Hebron’s old city seized by israeli settlers – empty houses and closed shops… Area that used to be a lively market

Beit Hadessah - jewish settlement in the middle of the Old City of Hebron

Beit Hadessah – jewish settlement in the middle of the Old City of Hebron

Rajabi Settlement, Hebron

„Rajabi Building” settlement, Hebron

Settler with the gun going to an illegaly built synagoge - on a private palestinian land, between two settlements...

Settler with the gun going to an illegaly built synagoge – on a private palestinian land, between two settlements…

Riding a donkey - no PALESTINIAN'S cars allowed on the street near the Kiryat Arba

Riding a donkey – no PALESTINIAN’S cars allowed on the street near the Kiryat Arba

Symbolic crossroads: going left - a path to palestinian's neighbourhood, going right - an alley to the settlement Kiryat Arba

Symbolic crossroads: going left – a path to palestinian’s neighbourhood, going right – an alley to the settlement Kiryat Arba

Uneasy neighbours - palestinian house just below the settlement Kiryat Arba

Uneasy neighbours – palestinian house just below the settlement Kiryat Arba

Palestinian house just below the settlement Kiryat Arba - garbage thrown by Israelis often end up on the roof or in the courtyard

Palestinian house just below the settlement Kiryat Arba – garbage thrown by Israelis often end up on the roof or in the courtyard

Hebron - green road sign indicating the direction to Jerusalem and Beer Sheva ... Unfortunately, these roads are closed to Palestinians, available exclusively for the Settlers

Hebron – green road sign indicating the direction to Jerusalem and Beer Sheeva … Unfortunately, these roads are closed to Palestinians, available exclusively for the Settlers

An abandoned vineyard in a palestianian area between two settlements - Kiryat Arba and Harsina - people are so afraid of harassments by settlers, that they don't dare to enter their own land...

An abandoned vineyard in a palestianian area between two settlements – Kiryat Arba and Harsina – people are so afraid of harassments by settlers, that they don’t dare to enter their own land…

An abandoned house in the same area.

An abandoned house in the same area.

A gate closing the road for the palestinian cars...

A gate closing the road for the palestinian cars…

Palestinian house near to the Harsina settlement (Hebron). Its inhabitants try to cultivate their land, but often they are atacked by settlers, while working... The crops many times were damaged or stolen.

Palestinian house near to the Harsina settlement (Hebron). Its inhabitants try to cultivate their land, but often they are atacked by settlers, while working… The crops many times are damaged or stolen.

Palestinian house near Kiryat Arba (Hebron) settlement... Harassments by Isralis are common - mainly stone and garbage throwing, sometimes also waste water or molotov coctails

Palestinian house near Kiryat Arba (Hebron) settlement… Harassments by Isralis are common – mainly stone and garbage throwing, sometimes also waste water or molotov coctails

Two different worlds, two unequal roads... Going left - Palestinian's, going right - Israelis

Two different worlds, two unequal roads… Going left – Palestinian’s, going right – Israelis. Palestinian cars can’t enter the area, so for them only pedestrian / donkey traffic is permitted.

Military post on the hill Tel Rumeida, Hebron

Military post on the hill Tel Rumeida, Hebron

An old watchtower on Tel Rumeida hill, Hebron

An old watchtower on Tel Rumeida hill, Hebron

Apart of the people living in the occupied area, almost nobody really knows, what’s going on there: nor the ordinary israeli citizens, nor the Palestinians living in Isreal (so-called „palestinian Arabs”), nor the Jews from the disapora all around the world, nor the tourists visiting Holy Land, nor the international community, leading organisations and politicians included.

Waiting for Hebron's "settlers tour" in Bab-al-Baladiyya. Soldiers are accompaning settlers during their walk throught the Old City.

Waiting for Hebron’s „settlers tour” in Bab-al-Baladiyya. Soldiers are accompaning settlers during their walk throught the Old City.

Israeli soldiers during the "settlers tour" in the Hebron's Old City.

Israeli soldiers during the „settlers tour” in the Hebron’s Old City.

Palestinians children in Hebron's old city, observing "settlers tour".

Palestinians children in Hebron’s old city, observing „settlers tour”.

Israeli soldiers running to fight Palestinians at clashes at Check-point 209, Hebron's Old City.

Israeli soldiers running to fight Palestinians at clashes at Check-point 29, Hebron’s Old City.

Israeli military truck and the area of Check-point 209 in Hebron. Smoke of tear gas visible in the background.

Israeli military truck and the area of Check-point 29 in Hebron. Smoke of tear gas visible in the background.

Israeli soldiers during the clashes with Palestinians at Check-point 209.

Israeli soldiers during the clashes with Palestinians at Check-point 29.

Soldiers at CP 209 in Hebron - one of the main hot spots...

Soldiers at CP 209 in Hebron – one of the main hot spots…

Israeli military post on Shuhada Street, Hebron

Israeli military post on Shuhada Street, Hebron. Settlers youth often play there with the soldiers.

Israeli soldiers by CP 209 (Hebron) just after clashes with palestinian youth (all about stone throwing...). Tear gas and rubber bullets are the most common countermeasures, agains stones...

Israeli soldiers by CP 29 (Hebron) just after clashes with palestinian youth (all about stone throwing…). Tear gas and rubber bullets are the most common countermeasures, agains stones…

Palestinian soldiers in Hebrons H1 area, governated by Palestinian Authonomy (viwe from our apartment)

Palestinian soldiers in Hebrons H1 area, governated by Palestinian Authonomy (view from our apartment)

Palestinian preparing for demostration related to the israeli closure of Al Aqsa mosque, Bab al Zawiyya, Hebron

Palestinian preparing for demostration related to the israeli closure of Al Aqsa mosque, Bab al Zawiyya, Hebron

While living our daily life in Palestine, for the next ten weeks, we’ll try to understand better the nature of one of the most complicated and complex, contemporary conflict… While the tension is growing – clashes, arrests and deaths have multiplicated and become the daily routine, we’ll still be trying to prepare ground for peace. And we’re not alone – the palestinian, israeli and international organisations keep fighting for non-violent and enduring solutions. When joining our efforts, we can manage a significant improvement of the situation, leading to the end of the occupation, INCH’ALLAH.

Palestianian children in Hebron's old city.

Palestianian children in Hebron’s old city.

Banksy's "Dove of Peace", Betlehem

Banksy’s „Dove of Peace”, Betlehem

Gethsemane Garden - millennial olive trees and a call for peace

Gethsemane Garden – millennial olive trees and a call for peace, Jerusalem

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