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Mati Milstein / Photojournalist

Shooting news, documentary and commercial photography from the Middle East to North America.

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."

Walking the Line

Israeli infantry troops on maneuvers near the Syrian border. Israel ordered a limited mobilization of reserve soldiers and bolstered its missile defense system this past week as the threat of an American attack on Syria looms larger.

Walking the Line

Israeli infantry troops on maneuvers near the Syrian border. Israel ordered a limited mobilization of reserve soldiers and bolstered its missile defense system this past week as the threat of an American attack on Syria looms larger.

Game of Pawns

Israeli infantry troops on maneuvers near their country’s northern border with Lebanon and Syria.

Game of Pawns

Israeli infantry troops on maneuvers near their country’s northern border with Lebanon and Syria.

Gaza, a retrospective (II)

Palestinian school children walk home past an Israeli settlement in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Gaza, a retrospective (II)

Palestinian school children walk home past an Israeli settlement in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Drop your weapon

An Israeli infantry soldier rests during military operations in the occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip in 2000. This image appears in my non-fiction book My New Middle East, which was a finalist for the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

Drop your weapon

An Israeli infantry soldier rests during military operations in the occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip in 2000. This image appears in my non-fiction book My New Middle East, which was a finalist for the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.

Nablus sector, 2009

An Israeli infantry soldier pauses during a patrol in the northern West Bank.

Nablus sector, 2009

An Israeli infantry soldier pauses during a patrol in the northern West Bank.

Another Brick in the Wall

Israeli soldiers stop a Palestinian youth seeking to enter Nablus through one of the military checkpoints surrounding the West Bank city.

Another Brick in the Wall

Israeli soldiers stop a Palestinian youth seeking to enter Nablus through one of the military checkpoints surrounding the West Bank city.

Walking the Line


An Israeli infantry soldier takes part in night maneuvers near the country’s northern border.

Walking the Line

An Israeli infantry soldier takes part in night maneuvers near the country’s northern border.

The Shadows



Israeli infantry soldiers participate in night exercises near the country’s northern border.

The Shadows

Israeli infantry soldiers participate in night exercises near the country’s northern border.

Killing Time II


Israeli soldiers wait near the Gaza Strip border in anticipation of a ground invasion during the November conflict.

Killing Time II

Israeli soldiers wait near the Gaza Strip border in anticipation of a ground invasion during the November conflict.

Israeli and Hamas Continue Fighting Via Rockets and Bombings

Israeli soldiers take cover as they fire an Iron Dome intercept rocket in southern Israel as Hamas fires rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, November 19, 2012. International peace efforts continue to stop the fighting. UPI/Mati Milstein

Israeli and Hamas Continue Fighting Via Rockets and Bombings

Israeli soldiers take cover as they fire an Iron Dome intercept rocket in southern Israel as Hamas fires rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, November 19, 2012. International peace efforts continue to stop the fighting. UPI/Mati Milstein

Prelude to War?

Hamas fires rockets across the border from the northern Gaza Strip as the Israeli military continues to launch air strikes on the coastal territory, on Thursday, 15 November, 2012. 

Prelude to War?

Hamas fires rockets across the border from the northern Gaza Strip as the Israeli military continues to launch air strikes on the coastal territory, on Thursday, 15 November, 2012. 

"Soldier, your eyes, they shine like the sun. I wonder why.”

Israeli soldiers take cover during clashes with Palestinian protesters  near the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

"Soldier, your eyes, they shine like the sun. I wonder why.

Israeli soldiers take cover during clashes with Palestinian protesters near the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

FLASHBACK: Home Invasion

An Israeli army officer stands in the staircase of a partially-constructed Palestinian house that was commandeered in al-Arroub refugee camp in 2001.

FLASHBACK: Home Invasion

An Israeli army officer stands in the staircase of a partially-constructed Palestinian house that was commandeered in al-Arroub refugee camp in 2001.

Get Down. And Stay Down.

An Israeli Border Police officer fires a tear gas grenade at  protesters in the West Bank Palestinian village of Bil’in. Local  resident Jawaher Abu Rahmah later died after inhaling large amounts of gas during the protest.

Get Down. And Stay Down.

An Israeli Border Police officer fires a tear gas grenade at protesters in the West Bank Palestinian village of Bil’in. Local resident Jawaher Abu Rahmah later died after inhaling large amounts of gas during the protest.

RETRO 2010: The Year in Pictures / Audio slideshow

Click here for an audio slideshow of photographs I shot in Israel and the Palestinian Authority during 2010. (Music by Le Trio Joubran)