“Good fences make good neighbors”?

Writing about her visits to the West Bank, the author shares with us her impressions of the separation wall.


By Margaret McKenzie, 5th July, 2014.

It will have been a decade on July 9 since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) passed its advisory opinion saying Israel must cease construction of the Wall and dismantle sections, compensate for damage caused; and, return Palestinian property or provide compensation if restitution is not possible. The Wall has always been contentious with radically polarizing opinions, exemplified by the many different terms for the Wall depending on who you speak to – “Separation Fence”or “gader hafradeh” in Hebrew, “Apartheid Wall” or “al jidar al azil” in Arabic, are just a few terms used to describe the Wall separating the West Bank from Israel. The Wall depicted in the photos below around the West Bank is illegal under international law.

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Photo Reportage: South Tel Aviv, a changing neighbourhood – Part II

In this second part of a series of photo reportages, the author shares photographs taken in South Tel Aviv, Israel, where large numbers of refugees have landed over the past decades.

Part I can be accessed here: South Tel Aviv, a changing neighbourhood


By Natalie Muallem, 22 Feb, 2012

Last summer I spent two months in the south part of Tel Aviv. I was teaching English to a family from Darfur who arrived in Israel over three years ago. I have not included photos of them in this series as I feel they are too personal. However, I spent a lot of time walking around the neighbourhood in which they live with Ahmed, a refugee from Darfur and someone who has volunteered much of his time working for an NGO that helps to make the life of other refugees easier. These photographs are not a statement about the life of refugees but rather a document of a changing neighbourhood. This second part of a two-part series on South Tel Aviv includes photographs of the Central Bus Station Area.

1. Ahmed

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2. Locals

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3. Landscape of the summer social protests

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4. Kids playground

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5. Friendship

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6. Time for celebration

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7. Local market

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8. The road towards Central Bus Station

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The copyright of all photos are with Natalie Muallem. Please do not reprint without permission.

Photo Reportage: South Tel Aviv, a changing neighbourhood – Part I

In this part of a series of photo reportages, the author shares photographs taken in South Tel Aviv, Israel, where large numbers of refugees have landed over the past decades.

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By Natalie Muallem, 20 Feb, 2012

Last summer I spent two months in the south part of Tel Aviv. I was teaching English to a family from Darfur who arrived in Israel over three years ago. I have not included photos of them in this series as I feel they are too personal. However, I spent a lot of time walking around the neighbourhood in which they live with Ahmed, a refugee from Darfur and someone who has volunteered much of his time working for an NGO that helps to make the life of other refugees easier. These photographs are not a statement about the life of refugees but rather a document of a changing neighbourhood.

1. Friend of Ahmed and founder of NGO Bnei Darfur (sons of Darfur)

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2. Families

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3. Kids

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4. The Neighbourhood

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5. A Synagogue

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6. Old friends

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7. Ahmed and two locals

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8. Ahmed

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The copyright of all photos are with Natalie Muallem. Please do not reprint without permission.