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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."

Dancing In The Dark

Celebrants dance at a wedding near the Israeli city of Ramle.

Dancing In The Dark

Celebrants dance at a wedding near the Israeli city of Ramle.

Whistling In The Dark

Former Israeli army chief of staff and defense minister Shaul Mofaz addresses a gathering of young Israeli political leaders outside of Tel Aviv.

Whistling In The Dark

Former Israeli army chief of staff and defense minister Shaul Mofaz addresses a gathering of young Israeli political leaders outside of Tel Aviv.

Mortal Kombat

A Palestinian boy attempts to extinguish a brush fire ignited when  Israeli troops opened fire on an olive tree with tear gas grenades  during a protest in the West Bank.

Mortal Kombat

A Palestinian boy attempts to extinguish a brush fire ignited when Israeli troops opened fire on an olive tree with tear gas grenades during a protest in the West Bank.

"An olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other"

A Palestinian man leans against a wall prior to a West Bank rally to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the death of former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.

"An olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other"

A Palestinian man leans against a wall prior to a West Bank rally to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the death of former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.

Ready for departure

British Foreign Secretary William Hague awaits takeoff from Ben-Gurion Airport following an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Ready for departure

British Foreign Secretary William Hague awaits takeoff from Ben-Gurion Airport following an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

PHOTO GALLERY: British Foreign Secretary visits Israel

William Hague held talks with FM Avigdor Lieberman and the parents of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Click here for the full gallery. Photos by Mati Milstein

What’s worth learning from the British?

Yedioth Ahronoth’s Sever Plotzker interviews Britain’s Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould / Photo by Mati Milstein

What’s worth learning from the British?

Yedioth Ahronoth’s Sever Plotzker interviews Britain’s Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould / Photo by Mati Milstein

PHOTO ESSAY: The changing face of East Jerusalem

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and the Elders visited East Jerusalem where they were deeply concerned to see the extent of settlement expansion into Palestinian areas. Click here for the full gallery.

¡Ándale! ¡Ándale!

A Palestinian youth gallops a horse along Jerusalem’s Old City walls during Laylat al-Qadr celebrations in the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

¡Ándale! ¡Ándale!

A Palestinian youth gallops a horse along Jerusalem’s Old City walls during Laylat al-Qadr celebrations in the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Not nice people"

Reuven Abergel, a founding member of the Black  Panther movement established to demand justice for Israeli Jews from  Arab countries, in his boyhood home of Musrara, Jerusalem. The Moroccan-born Abergel said, “I live here in Israel, but my heart is still there.”

"Not nice people"

Reuven Abergel, a founding member of the Black Panther movement established to demand justice for Israeli Jews from Arab countries, in his boyhood home of Musrara, Jerusalem. The Moroccan-born Abergel said, “I live here in Israel, but my heart is still there.”

"God Sees All"

An Israeli Border Police officer examines a Palestinian identity card at the Qalandiya crossing between Ramallah and Jerusalem on the second Friday of Ramadan, August 2010.

"God Sees All"

An Israeli Border Police officer examines a Palestinian identity card at the Qalandiya crossing between Ramallah and Jerusalem on the second Friday of Ramadan, August 2010.

Jerusalem Underground

A woman prays in an tunnel running under Jerusalem’s Old City along the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, at a spot that grants the closest access to where the Jewish temple is believed to have once stood.

Jerusalem Underground

A woman prays in an tunnel running under Jerusalem’s Old City along the Temple Mount’s Western Wall, at a spot that grants the closest access to where the Jewish temple is believed to have once stood.

"Born into Occupation"

An Israeli soldier visits a Jerusalem photography exhibit marking 40 years since the 1967 Middle East war, during which Israel conquered the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights.

"Born into Occupation"

An Israeli soldier visits a Jerusalem photography exhibit marking 40 years since the 1967 Middle East war, during which Israel conquered the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights.

Checkpoint: Ramadan

QALANDIYA, West Bank - Tens of thousands of Palestinian Muslim worshippers travelled from Ramallah to Jerusalem on 13 August, 2010, for prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

Photos and story by Mati Milstein

Israeli security forces were deployed en masse at the main Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, and additional temporary inspection points for men and women were set up to handle the large number of Palestinian pilgrims crossing on foot.

Palestinian Red Crescent medical personnel, in coordination with the Israeli military, were on hand at the checkpoint to assist the infirm and elderly en route to Jerusalem. There was also a presence of armed Palestinian security officers facilitating the passage of the worshippers into Jerusalem, and one Palestinian officer was seen examining identification documents at the Israeli-run checkpoint alongside Israeli soldiers.

The atmosphere at the ordinarily hectic crossing point was largely quiet and subdued throughout the morning, likely due to a heavy Israeli, Palestinian and foreign media presence together with close coordination between Israeli and Palestinian Authority forces.

Maan News Agency reported before the start of the holiday that the head of Israel’s Civil Administration, Yoav Mordechai, issued orders to Israeli troops serving at West Bank checkpoints not to eat, drink or smoke in order to ensure “the utmost respect for Palestinians during Ramadan.”

Palestinian worshippers from Ramallah board Jerusalem-bound buses just outside Qalandiya.

Palestinian worshippers walk to board Jerusalem-bound buses after crossing from Ramallah at dawn.

Palestinian worshippers walk to board Jerusalem-bound buses after crossing from Ramallah at dawn.

A Palestinian woman prays at Qalandiya after crossing into Jerusalem.

Palestinian men en route to Jerusalem after crossing through the Qalandiya checkpoint at dawn.

An Israeli Border Police officer at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

A Palestinian Authority security officer at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

Palestinian women in line to cross through Qalandiya en route to Jerusalem.

A Palestinian woman waiting to cross through the Qalandiya checkpoint.

An Israeli Border Police officer examines the identification documents of a Palestinian family.

A Palestinian woman is denied entry into Jerusalem at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

Palestinian men cross through Qalandiya en route to Jerusalem.

An Israeli soldier checks his equipment behind a concrete shelter at the Qalandiyah checkpoint.

A Palestinian woman holds her identity card as she waits to pass through the Qalandiya checkpoint.

An Israeli Border Police officer stands at an inspection point at Qalandiya.

A Palestinian woman stands with her child after being denied entry by an Israeli Border Police officer at Qalandiya.

An Israeli soldier stands guard at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

Palestinian women wait at Qalandiya to cross into Jerusalem.

A Palestinian boy jokes with an Israeli soldier at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

A Palestinian officer checks identification documents alongside Israeli forces at Qalandiya.

Senior Israeli officers observe the crossing of Palestinian worshippers at Qalandiya checkpoint.

Palestinian women wait to cross via Qalandiyah checkpoint from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

"Thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it"

Residents of the Israeli West Bank settlement of Halamish visit the spring situated between their community and the adjacent Palestinian villages of Nabi Saleh and Dir Nizam.

"Thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it"

Residents of the Israeli West Bank settlement of Halamish visit the spring situated between their community and the adjacent Palestinian villages of Nabi Saleh and Dir Nizam.