The Arabic idiom „tomorrow there will be apricots“ is mainly used sarcastically, to doubt that something is going to happen. 69 years and 225 days marks the amount of time between the Palestinian Nakba and the start of my documentations in Palestine in 2017. “Nakba“ means „catastrophe“ and reminds of the 1948 Palestine war, when more than 700.000 Palestinian Arabs were expelled from their homes. Between 400 and 600 Palestinian villages were sacked during this war, while urban Palestine was almost entirely extinguished. Around 80 percent of the Arab inhabitants of what later became the state of Israel left or were expelled from their homes and their land. Approximately 300.000 Palestinians had fled or been expelled prior to the Israeli Declaration of Indepedence in May 1948. Later, a series of laws passed by the first Israeli government prevented them from returning to their homes or claiming their property. They and many of their descendants remain refugees until today, still living in refugee camps inside the West Bank or Gaza and the neighbour countries. In the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba in May 2018, this documentary is supposed to reflect the current human, ecologic and politic situation in the West Bank. Until today, Palestinians still experience discrimination in access to education, healthcare, employment, residency, access to natural resources and building rights, as well as expulsions and home demolitions. An UN report published in 2017 approved that Israel is „guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid“, a „crime against humanity under customary international law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court“. Trough photographs combined with interviews of Palestinians which I met all over the West Bank, I want to give a deeper insight in the current situation also trough the voices of the Palestinians themselves. Is there still a room for peace to take place?
The book will be published soon +++ safe one of the first copies and limited fine art prints+++