What One Photographer Saw in the West Bank

I traveled from the U.S. to the West Financial institution on Oct. 2 to take a look at my Teta, my maternal grandmother, for a 7 days. Alternatively, I stayed for a single month to document my people’s combat for freedom, and witness their ache.

Reflecting on my time, in arguably the “safest” part of the West Financial institution, 50 miles from the Gaza Strip, torments me. As Amnesty Intercontinental has documented, Palestinians—whether in the West Lender, Gaza, or Israel, are subjected to the similar technique of apartheid. However, it can truly feel insincere: Ramallah, the occupied metropolis I reside in, is just a person fall as opposed to the ocean of erasure using spot right now in Gaza. 

Nevertheless, my elders always remind me that we are a single. Though I am as previous as the 1st Oslo Accord—which now lingers as an emblem for failed Palestinian statehood and peace—I resist envisioning liberty in fragmentation. 

A bedroom in the demolished home of the Nakhle family in the Jalazon Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Oct. 28. There were three generations of Palestinian refugees living in the home, who are now displaced, again.
A bedroom in the demolished residence of the Nakhle family members in the Jalazon Refugee Camp near the West Bank metropolis of Ramallah, on Oct. 28. There were being a few generations of Palestinian refugees dwelling in the dwelling, who are now displaced—again.Maen Hammad
A young Palestinian man has his face shielded with a kuffiyeh during a confrontation with the Israeli occupation near the illegal Beit El settlement in the West Bank city of al-Bireh, on Oct. 13. The kuffiyeh, a traditional headdress, serves as a symbol of Palestinian identity.
A youthful Palestinian guy has his confront shielded with a kuffiyeh for the duration of a confrontation in the vicinity of Beit El, a settlement regarded unlawful under intercontinental regulation, in the West Financial institution town of al-Bireh, on Oct. 13. The kuffiyeh, a common headdress, serves as a image of Palestinian id.Maen Hammad
A group of Palestinian workers from Gaza at the Sarriyeh sports club in the West Bank city of Ramallah watch an Al Jazeera news broadcast from a hospital in Gaza, Oct. 12.
A group of Palestinian workers from Gaza at the Sarriyeh sporting activities club in the West Lender city of Ramallah enjoy an Al Jazeera information broadcast on Oct. 12. Maen Hammad

My photographs are what I witnessed in the 5 sq. miles all around me in the West Lender, more than the span of just three weeks, commencing two times soon after the Oct. 7 assault on Israel. Illegal killings of teenagers, collective punishment, and genocidal violence in my have backyard. 

On Oct.  8, I entered Qalandia refugee camp to have dinner with my paternal family. A person hour immediately after we washed the dishes, information broke that Yasser al-Kasba, 17, experienced been shot and killed around the Qalandia checkpoint by an Israeli sniper although his back again was turned.

On Oct.  12, I visited the Sarriyeh sports activities club, the place there were upwards of 400 Palestinian workers from Gaza who have been stranded in Israel just after Oct. 7. 1 male been given information that 3 of his family customers have been killed by an Israeli airstrike. “What about the other folks?” he screamed to his relative on the phone in Gaza. “We are still selecting up the rubble,” he replied.⁣

Over 400 Palestinians from Gaza find refuge on Oct. 12 at Ramallah’s Nadi al-Sarryieh, typically a sports club but transformed into a shelter for Gaza’s day laborers who were working inside Israel on Oct. 7.
About 400 Palestinians from Gaza come across refuge on Oct. 12 at Ramallah’s Nadi al-Sarryieh, a sports club that was reworked into a shelter. ⁣⁣Workers were welcomed by Palestinian volunteers in Ramallah who tirelessly present mattresses, food stuff, medication, a mobile salon, and unwavering solidarity. Thousands of other Palestinian personnel from Gaza have also sought refuge in many locations inside the West Bank. Maen Hammad
Ahmad Mutair, 17, is bid farewell by members of his family before being laid to rest on Oct. 25.
Ahmad Mutair, 17, is bid farewell by members of his family members just before remaining laid to rest on Oct. 25. Before that day, dozens of Israeli forces entered Qalandia camp in an early morning raid. Ahmad was shot by Israeli forces close to 6:20 a.m. Ahmad was a fourth-technology refugee. Just after Ahmad was shot, his family members spent over 30 minutes striving to acquire him to a close by hospital outdoors Qalandia refugee camp. Israeli forces did not make it possible for Ahmad’s spouse and children to leave. Inevitably they identified an ambulance on the outskirts of the camp which took Ahmad’s entire body to the Ramallah healthcare facility, where he was pronounced lifeless. Maen Hammad
Palestinian workers from Gaza line up for registration at the Sarriyeh sports club in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 12.
Palestinian employees from Gaza line up for registration at the Sarriyeh athletics club in the West Lender city of Ramallah on Oct. 12. Above 400 Palestinians from Gaza sought refuge at the sports activities club in Oct, in advance of becoming moved to a further facility in the West Financial institution metropolis of Jericho. Quite a few of the staff arrived in buses after remaining taken from their operate web pages inside Israel. Some recounted becoming interrogated, crushed, blindfolded, and forced into the buses by Israeli police. Lots of some others arrived on their very own, coming into the West Financial institution in mystery, out of dread of remaining taken by Israeli police. Maen Hammad

Days later on, when I went to the Redanna athletics club, chants from dozens of other Palestinian personnel from Gaza could be listened to: “We declare from Gaza: uprising and victory.” A protest by Palestinian refugees, inside a refuge, within occupied lands.

A 60-calendar year-outdated employee advised me: “I just want to listen to the voice of my grandchildren. You feel we are pleased here? We do not want meals or h2o, we want to go back again to Gaza. We would die for our land.”

A close friend and photographer from Gaza, Majd Arandas, texted me to inquire if I could test on his brother-in-regulation, who was just one of the workers taking refuge in Ramallah.

On Oct. 25, tear gas and rifle fire woke me up though in Qalandia refugee camp. I closed the home windows of our home as my 6-yr-previous cousin had carried out through the past raid. I woke up an hour later to the mosque’s speakers. The imam was not building the morning simply call to prayer, but asserting a different demise, Ahmad Mutair—a high-school student and fourth-era refugee was shot and killed by Israeli forces. The Israeli govt has not issued a community assertion on Mutair or al-Kasba.

Neighbors in the Jalazon Refugee Camp, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, help members of the Nakhle family retrieve valuables that could be salvaged following the punitive home demolition of the six family home, on Oct. 28.
Neighbors in the Jalazon Refugee Camp, close to the West Bank city of Ramallah, support customers of the Nakhle loved ones retrieve valuables that could be salvaged next the punitive demolition of the six-household home on Oct. 28. The dwelling was demolished beneath the pretext of construction without the need of a permit. Human legal rights businesses have very long documented how Palestinians are systematically subjected to home demolitions and pressured evictions and live in frequent panic of losing their properties.Maen Hammad
Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp raise their fingers after mourners pray over the grave of Yasser al-Kebsa, 17.
Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp raise their fingers after mourners pray around the grave of Yasser al-Kasba, 17. Yasser was shot by means of the upper body by an Israeli sniper the night prior while his back again was turned.Maen Hammad
The charging station at the Sarriyeh sports club in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 12. Most of the workers at the sports club spend their day trying to make contact with their families in Gaza.
The charging station at the Sarriyeh sporting activities club in the West Financial institution town of Ramallah on Oct. 12. Most of the employees at the sporting activities club shell out their day attempting to make speak to with their people in Gaza. Maen Hammad
Clothes belonging to Gazan workers who were stuck inside Israel on Oct. 7th hang to dry on a soccer goal at the Redanna Sports Complex in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Oct. 14.
Clothing belonging to Palestinian staff from Gaza hold to dry on a soccer purpose at the Redanna Sports activities Complicated in the West Financial institution city of Ramallah on Oct. 14. This sporting activities complicated has been reworked into a refuge for more than 450 Palestinian laborers from Gaza who had been trapped inside Israel on Oct. 7. Maen Hammad

On Oct. 28, I walked into the aftermath of a house demolition in the Jalazon refugee camp, several hours following dozens of Israeli soldiers raided the camp alongside a bulldozer. 6 Palestinian households and 3 generations of refugees shed their properties at dawn. Their bread for the morning was continue to laid out on their eating area table. Israel’s punitive home demolitions are a type of unlawful collective punishment and a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Conference.  

On Nov. 1, I returned to the U.S. for a several weeks to be with my spouse. While on the aircraft, I could not bear to look out of the window. I felt nauseous sharing the exact look at as the drones, Apache helicopters, and F-16 jets my tax pounds bombing Gaza.  

I connected to the wifi in the airplane and been given a message about my photographer mate.

“Majd was killed.” His neighborhood was strike by an Israeli airstrike.

Hammad is a documentary photographer, based in between Boston and Ramallah, West Bank. Hammad also operates as a human rights researcher and campaigner.

Dust settles as Yasser al-Kisba, 17, is laid to rest at Qalandia refugee camp on Oct. 9.
Dust settles as Yasser al-Kasba, 17, is laid to rest at Qalandia refugee camp on Oct. 9. Maen Hammad