-Tales of misfortune

Today is the ninth day of Av, the month of the Jewish calendar that falls between July and August, which in Hebrew is known as Tisha B’Av and is one of many holidays dedicated to commemorating the historical misfortunes that befell the various peoples who live on the land between the river and the sea.

-Amy’s Final Final Show

Jerusalem, Israel – 29th of March, 2014: Singer songwriter Amy McKnight gave a goodbye concert at the 4:20 bar, in what could have been her last performance in the city for a while. Aya Gavriel, Shaul Zofef and Ayala Shamir played with her in an evening of “mellow, painful rock” which marked what is a bit of a constant of life in Israel – watching people leave the country and go somewhere else.

-Group Portrait

When hundreds of thousands of Jews from North-Africa and the Middle East were forced to flee their homes because of conflict between their countries and Israel, many found shelter in the empty houses of the Musrara quarter of Jerusalem, an Arab neighbourhood which became a no man’s land after the fighting of 1948 that divided the city. An exhibition currently on display at the quarter’s community centre tells theirs stories and those of their children through a collection of group portraits from the ’50s and ’60s.