Thursday, January 03, 2008

Photograph of the Year, From Israel's 2007 "Local Testimony" Exhibit – Natan Dvir

“Na’im El’iam (36), a Palestinian resident of the Jabalyah Refugee Camp in Gaza, holds the body of his three-month-old son Muhammad. The body is wrapped in blue cloth. On orders of the security forces, Na’im is standing in the parking lot near Erez Checkpoint, which is closed to traffic due to violent confrontations between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza. Na’im El’iam was trying to get home in order to bury his son, who died of a congenital heart defect in Israel’s Tel Hashomer Hospital, after doctors tried to save his life. The Palestinian father arrived at Erez Checkpoint, the main border crossing between Israel and Gaza, just as it was getting dark - a few minutes after a shooting incident between Hamas fighters and Fatah members who were hiding inside the checkpoint. After waiting for the shooting to end and then for his documents and permits to be checked, Na’im El’iam was permitted to cross the checkpoint to the Palestinian side with his son’s body.”

Natan Dvir is a brilliant Israeli photojournalist. His work appears alongside other Israeli artists at the Local Testimony Exhibition, and a gallery provides a glimpse of their work here.

I first encountered Dvir's work via Lisa Goldman, a fine Israeli-Canadian journalist currently under investigation, with two other journalists, under Israel's antique and illogical Prevention of Infiltration law.

Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 65 journalists and 20 other media workers were killed in direct relation to their work in 2007, the highest death toll in more than a decade.

7 Comments:

Blogger dirk buchholz said...

Terry said..."After waiting for the shooting to end and then for his documents and permits to be checked, Na’im El’iam was permitted to cross the checkpoint to the Palestinian side with his son’s body"...

jee, how "humane" and "generous" of his prison guards.Concentration Camp Gaza

3:10 PM  
Blogger Will said...

"Concentration Camp Gaza"

What a thick twat you are.

Fuck off imbecile.

4:18 PM  
Blogger richard said...

Good. Heavens.

I refer to the picture, the lengthy caption, and the edifying comments attracted thus far.

10:01 PM  
Blogger kurt said...

This is an extremely disturbing photo, which somehow manages to impart some dignity to the bereaved father. It broke my heart though, and I damn you for that.

As for the comments, it seems apparent that Dirk never was a parent, and for this we might be grateful. To paraphrase the words of The Bard, get thee to a vasectomy, Dirk.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Jonathon Narvey said...

Powerful image. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the description below really helps you understand the tragedy happening - on both sides. Thanks for posting this. And welcome back from your trip.

I'm acquainted with Dirk's site and he's made the same kind of asinine comment before - several times, if I remember correctly. It's incredible how some people just don't understand how incredibly unreal and beyond the pale their rhetoric can be.

2:32 AM  
Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

"Concentration Camp Gaza"

Ex.

"Na’im El’iam was trying to get home in order to bury his son, who died of a congenital heart defect in Israel’s Tel Hashomer Hospital, after doctors tried to save his life."

Yenkle was trying to get home to his barrack in order to bury his son, who died of a congenital heart defect in Germany's Arbeitmachtfrei hospital, after Dr. Mengele tried to save his life.

4:37 PM  
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and it seemed very wonderful, and i am very exited, now i want to visit this beautiful country and take a lot of photos.

1:57 PM  

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