Social Issues

Pride in London Parade 2017

I happened to be on vacation in London during the annual Pride parade, so I decided to take a few hours to experience the event and photograph the atmosphere of the crowds which gathered to watch it. Below are a few selected shots.

Asylum Seekers Protest in Jerusalem

Hundreds of African Asylum seekers, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese protest outside Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem, on January 26, 2017, during a demonstration against Israeli government's proposed deportation policy. Israel's Interior Ministry plans to force asylum seekers to choose one of three options: imprisonment in Israel for an unlimited time, returning to their home country, or leaving Israel for one of the "third countries" (such as Uganda or Rwanda) knowing full well that they will have no legal status on their arrival and will be forced to leave, at great risk to their lives.

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Israelis take part in a memorial rally to protest and condemn a stabbing attack on Jerusalem's annual Gay Pride parade on August 1, 2015. An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man identified as Yishai Shlissel stabbed and wounded six participants, two of them seriously, in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday. Shlissel was recently released from prison after serving a term for stabbing several people at the Jerusalem gay pride parade in 2005.

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There's an inflation of horrible photos from today's Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem. It's understandable, of course, but there comes a point where I wish we didn't let a terrorist win, so here's my small contribution.

Photo caption: Israelis participate at the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, Israel on July 30, 2015. Six people were stabbed at the parade after the assailant, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man identified as Yishai Shlissel, emerged behind the marchers and began stabbing them while screaming. He was arrested by the Israeli police. Shlissel was recently released from prison after serving a term for stabbing several people at the Jerusalem gay pride parade in 2005.

Recent Publication - EL PAÍS Semanal

A story I photographed back in March for the Spanish magazine EL PAÍS Semanal, about French Jewish immigration to Israel was finally published this week with words by Juan Carlos Sanz. Photo Editor: Martin Esteban Almudena

Click here to read the story online (in Spanish only, sorry...) 

To see more photos please visit the commission page

Recent Publication - The Washington Post

A story I photographed for The Washington Post, about an underground cemetery, being excavated and built under Jerusalem's largest cemetery which runs out of burial space.

Words by William Booth and Ruth Eglash. Photo Editor: Jade-Snow Joachim

You can read the article online and see a photo gallery here, or see more photos including ones which were not published on the commission page

Recent Publication - The Washington Post

A story I photographed for The Washington Post, about the Israeli government policy towards African Migrants. Words by William Booth and Ruth Eglash, Photo Editor: Jade-Snow Joachim

To read the story please click here, to see more photos visit the commission page

When the clock shows 20:00

All these years being Israeli and I still can’t figure out the shift from Memorial Day to Independence Day.

The other day I was listening to the radio and the sister of a fallen soldier (I apologize for not remembering his name) said that every year when the clock shows 20:00 and Memorial Day turns to Independence Day it feels like a slap in the face.

This one sentence is probably the closest I’ve ever been to figuring it out, although I’m quite certain it’s not something I can ever fully wrap my head around. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve spent the past few days in ceremonies and cemeteries, with families of fallen soldiers visiting the graves of their loved ones and with families dancing with joy just a few hours apart and a few hundred meters away, with army generals and with the soldiers they later send to battle, with rifles and trumpets which later turned to plastic hammers and foam spray.

I can’t really imagine how foreigners who happen to visit Israel on these two days see this, and still, it might be that one has to be an Israeli to fully “not-understand” it.

Recent Publication - The Washington Post

The front page of last Friday's Washington Post features a photo I took, for a story by William Booth and Ruth Eglash about Jewish immigration from France, following the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher in Paris. Photo Editor: Greg Kendall-Ball

Read the story online here.

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