The Tasou cemetery in Jaffa, seen in this nighttime photograph, has been the focal point of a decades-long, protracted legal battle between the city’s Palestinian Muslim community and a private Israeli real estate developer.
Israeli air force planes fly over St. Peter’s Church in the coastal city of Jaffa as the country marks its 65th Independence Day. In 1945, Jaffa had a population of 101,580, of whom 53,930 were Muslims, 30,820 were Jews and 16,800 were Christians. When Jewish forces occupied the city on 14 May, 1948, only 4,000 of the city’s Muslim and Christian Palestinian residents remained.
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.
Seen from the Israeli side of the border, Israeli military forces launch illumination flares while shelling the northern Gaza Strip before a ceasefire that was to go into effect at midnight, November 19, 2012. UPI/Mati Milstein