Settlements and demolitions

WJ #141

“Generazioni di bambini palestinesi, sia nella Striscia di Gaza assediata, sia nelle enclave della Cisgiordania o a Gerusalemme Est annessa,
hanno visto le loro vite ridotte al minimo e, troppo spesso, considerate come sacrificabili” 

Francesca Albanese, relatrice speciale dell’Onu sulla situazione dei diritti umani nei territori palestinesi occupati dal 1967

Frammentazione in domini di controllo, espropri di terra e proprietà, segregazione e controllo, privazione di diritti economici e sociali. Sono le quattro strategie condotte da Israele “per opprimere e dominare le e i palestinesi”, spiega Amnesty International. La frammentazione fisica ha portato a “minare i legami familiari, sociali e politici tra le comunità palestinesi” e a “sopprimere il dissenso contro il sistema dell’apartheid”, oltre ad aver aiutato “a massimizzare il controllo ebraico israeliano sulla terra e mantenere una maggioranza demografica ebraica”. 

Gli sfratti da parte delle autorità israeliane a Gerusalemme est sono parte della “macchina dell’apartheid”, ha dichiarato l’esperta delle Nazioni Unite Albanese. Una pratica “diffusa e sistematica” per rimuovere la popolazione palestinese dalla città. Una chiara intenzione, per Albanese, di annettere e colonizzare il territorio occupato in violazione del diritto internazionale.


Il reportage

01 – Protest against the Israeli occupation and settlements, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 30.11.2012
A Palestinian throws stones at the “skunk” water canon, which sprays a foul-smelling chemical mixture, during the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, November 30, 2012.
Photographer: Oren Ziv


02 – Action against uprooting of trees, Beit Jala, West Bank, 3.3.2010
A Palestinian woman looks at the bulldozer working in front of her house
Photographer: Anne Paq


03 – Unrecognized Bedouin village, Al Araqib, Negev, Israel, 22.2.2014
A child climbs on the remains of houses demolished by Israeli authorities in the village of Al Araqib in the Negev (Naqab) Desert of southern Israel, February 22, 2014. Al Araqib is a village of Bedouin citizens of Israel which remains “unrecognised” by the Israeli government, and therefore lacks access to basic services. Authorities have demolished the village’s structures more than 60 times. The Jewish National Fund plans to create a new forest that would cover the site of the village.
Photographer: Ryan Rodrick Beiler


04 –  Direct action, Bil’in, West Bank, 11.2.2007
Settlers approach as Palestinian villagers and activists uncover infrastructure of the Modiin Elit illegal settlement built on Bi’lin lands, West Bank, February 11, 2007. Villagers crossed the fence between Bil’in village and Modiin Elit’s new neighbourhood.
Photographer: Keren Manor


05 – Al Araqib, Negev desert, Israel, 24.7.2016
A Bedouin woman blocks a bulldozer of the JNF, as it attempts to plow private lands of the unrecognised village of Al Araqib, July 24, 2016. Nine protesters were arrested following the protest. The Jewish National Fund is planting a forest on the lands of the village, which has been demolished 100 times since 2010.
Photographer: Oren Ziv


06 – Tree planting, Al Araqib, Negev Desert, Israel, 31.10.2009
Residents of Al Araqib plant olive trees on their lands after the village was destroyed by the Israeli authorities, Negev, Israel, October 31, 2009. The Bedouin villagers of Al Araqib continue their struggle against the State of Israel and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) who are trying to take over their lands by force and deceit.
Photographer: Oren Ziv


07 – Sa’we al-Atrash, Naqab, 12.1.2022
Palestinian Bedouins holding Israeli citizenship try to stop Israeli bulldozers being used in a tree-planting program carried out by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) on the land of the village fo Sa’we al-Atrash in the Naqab desert, also known as Negev, January 12, 2022. Since its creation in 1901, the JNF has been acquiring lands serving the settler-colonial project in the region of Palestine. To this day, Israel bans Palestinian refugees of the Naqab, most of whom are currently in Gaza’s refugee camps, from returning to their ethnically cleansed towns in favor of Israeli settlers.
Photographer: Oren Ziv


08 – Action to remove an army roadblock, Sarra, West Bank, 30.8.2007
Palestinians, international and Israeli activists during an action of removing an army roadblock, at the entrance to Saara village, West Bank, August 30, 2007.
Photographer: Yotam Ronen


09 – Settlers arson attack, Duma, West Bank, 31.7.2015
Palestinian man looks at the damaged house of the Dawabsha family, which was set on fire by Jewish settlers and where 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha died, in the West Bank village of Duma, on July 31, 2015. The Palestinian toddler was burned to death and four family members injured in an arson attack on two homes in the occupied West Bank.
Photographer: Oren Ziv


010 – House demolition in the old city, East Jerusalem, 11.1.2007
House demolition in the old city, East Jerusalem, January 11, 2007.
Photographer: Anne Paq


011 – Demolition in Al Araqib, Negev Desert, Israel, 10.8.2010
A resident of Al Araqib sits on the debris of her home following another demolition in their village, Negev, August 10, 2010. This was the second demolition in less than a month. On July 27, 30 homes, infrastructure and animal pens were demolished by Israeli authorities. Residents of unrecognised villages are unable to get building permits for their houses.
Photographer: Oren Ziv


012 – Olive panting action, Bethlehem, West Bank, 2.3.2007
Har Homa settlement seen during olive panting action near the Wall, Bethlehem, West Bank, March 2, 2007.
Photographer: Anne Paq


013 – Building of a Palestinian outpost, Bil’in, West Bank, 29.3.2007
Villagers from Bil’in set up an outpost as a way to establish presence on their own land confiscated by Israeli authorities to make way for the Separation Wall, Bil’in, West Bank, March 29th, 2007. Used as a creative tactic of resistance the activists built a one-room structure from cement, which they’ve called the Center for Joint Struggle. The outpost was situated on land adjacent to, and in plain view of the Matityahu East neighborhood of Modi’in Ilit, where illegal Jewish housing units have been constructed by the Israeli government.
Photographer: Keren Manor


014 – Protest against the Israeli occupation and settlements, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2.11.2012
Children from Nabi Saleh try to block an Israeli military jeep after it stormed into the village, arresting five activists including a 15-year-old Palestinian boy, the brother of two of the children pictured, during the weekly demonstration against the occupation in Nabi Saleh, West Bank, November 2, 2012.
Photographer: Oren Ziv


015 Military training, Jinba, Masafer Yatta, 03.02.2021
Israeli forces conducting a training drill near and inside villages in the Masafer Yatta area, West Bank, February 3, 2021. The military activity caused damages to infrastructure, agricultural land and residential structures, and took place in an area Israel designates as a firing zone despite it being populated by numerous communities, which it has been trying to expel for over 20 years. This was the first drill in the area since 2013, and the first one of such proportions since the firing zone was declared. Residents say it is intended to pressure the Israeli High Court to sanction the expulsion of the communities from their land.
Photographer: Keren Manor


016 – Qalandia village, 20,1,2023
Palestinians protest on lands between the villages of Rafat and Qalandia near Ramallah, which Israeli settlers have razed in recent days, supposedly in order to erect a new outpost, January 20, 2023.
Photographer: Oren Ziv

Scheda autore


Activestills è un collettivo di fotografi documentaristi palestinesi, israeliani e internazionali che operano in Palestina, Israele e all’estero. È nato nel 2005 ed è una struttura indipendente auto organizzata, basata sulla convinzione che il lavoro collettivo sia al servizio dell’espressione personale di ogni fotografo e che i progetti congiunti creino potenti dichiarazioni condivise. Activestills è pienamente impegnato nella lotta del popolo palestinese, per i loro diritti e libertà, e mira a sensibilizzare su questioni generalmente assenti dal discorso pubblico o presentate in modo fuorviante dai media.

Activestills is a collective of Palestinian, Israeli and international documentary photographers working in Palestine, Israel and abroad. It was born in 2005 and is an independent, self-organised independent structure based on the belief that mutual work serves each photographer’s personal expression, and that joint projects create powerful shared statements. Activestills is fully committed to the struggle of the Palestinian people, and their rights and freedom, and aims to raise awareness on issues that are generally absent from public discourse, or presented in a misleading way by the media.