Photojournalist Edward Crawford is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From his project ‘West Bank Protests‘. To see Edward’s portfolio and stories click on any image.
Bil’in Palestine Flag: A Palestinian protester walks beneath the well-armed Israeli soldiers in Bil’in West Bank. Holding the Palestinian flag is this man’s form of peaceful protest against what he saw as the “occupation of Palestinian land by the Israeli state”.
Bil’in Hamde: Hamde Abu Rahma, working in the village of Bil’in, West Bank at the regular protest.
Bil’in Stone Throw: A young man throws a rock using a slingshot in the village of Bil’in West Bank. Some young men show their opposition to the “Israeli occupation of Palestinian land” by pelting the Israeli forces with stones.
When the sun rises on the ‘Holy Land’ both populations that lay claim to the territory wake, the sun illuminates the ‘Dome Of The Rock’ and at the same time the ‘Western Wall’. The distance between the Holy sites is small, whereas the distance between a possible two state solution remains extensive. The distance between the populations is geographically small but in ideology wide. Despite what some media portray many, if not most, Israelis don’t think every Palestinian wakes and with his breakfast has a tall glass of anti-Semitism, and Palestinians don’t believe their Israeli neighbors wake and the first thing that passes through their mind is how to get rid of the Palestinian population. From my experience of the Holy land, from talking with the people, the majority feel that a two state solution can work and they have no problem living with each other as neighbors. The unfortunate policies implemented by Mr. Netanyahu and the Lukid party have done a lot to damage relations and of course the most recent war which ravaged Gaza has left its scars.
Bil’in Onlooker: An international visitor to Bil’in, West Bank covers her mouth as Israeli forces use tear gas. In the background can be seen the Israeli settlement which the villagers of Bil’in oppose being built of Palestinian land.
Nabi-Saleh Girl: This young girl was struck in the head by a member of the Israeli Defense Force during an altercation at the regular protest in Nabi-Saleh, West Bank. A friend of hers was being arrested and as she tried to intervene she was struck in the head.
Bil’in Teargas: A young Palestinian walks through the tear gas at Bil’in, West Bank. In Bil’in there are many civilian journalists who believe that documenting the Israeli states actions are more valuable than actively fighting against them.