Wanted: Initiative The petition against the separation barrier on the village of Bil’in’s land is to go before the High Court of Justice on February 1, 2006. The village lands have been expropriated in order to allow the expansion of the settlement of Modi’in Illit. Wanted: Open-mindedness 1,600 people live in the village of Bil’in. The separation barrier currently under construction isolates them from 60 percent, or 2,300 dunams, of their lands on which most of Bil’in’s olive trees grow.
Over the last year, we, the members of the ActiveStills photo collective have collected photos for an exhibit which is to be shown from mid May 2007. The show will relate to the "victory" of the six-day war as it is perceived by the Israel public. The exhibit will concentrate on the four of the cities occupied by Israel- Hebron, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Gaza and intends to show the reality of 40 years on. The territories occupied in 1967 multiplied Israel's area threefold and was seen as the greatest success Israel could hope for.
During our documentary work in and around Jerusalem, we have been increasingly exposed to the dark side of the “City of Light”. There, hundreds of thousands of people are living in shadow, with identity defined by forces they cannot control, unwanted in their own homes, afraid of being expelled while they are just asking to live peacefully in their city.