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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."

Across the Fence: 2012 Gaza war from the Israeli side

I photographed the 2012 conflict between Israel and Gaza from the Israeli side of the border fence. While, from the logistical perspective of the news organization for whom I was shooting, it certainly made sense to have an Israeli photographer covering the story in Israel and a Palestinian photographer covering in Gaza, it felt strange and frustrating for me to document and illustrate the story of only one side of a very asymmetrical conflict.

In recognition of this asymmetry, I decided to present images of my coverage of the war - shot within Israel - against the background audio of Israeli military shelling of the Gaza Strip.

Some of the included images were shot for United Press International and are © Mati Milstein/UPI

The Many Suns of Gaza

Illumination flares light up the sky and fires burn on the ground while the Israeli military shells the northern Gaza Strip before a ceasefire that was to go into effect at midnight on 19 November, 2012.

The Many Suns of Gaza

Illumination flares light up the sky and fires burn on the ground while the Israeli military shells the northern Gaza Strip before a ceasefire that was to go into effect at midnight on 19 November, 2012.

The Rabbi in Ramallah

Rabbi Menashe Zelikha, affiliated with the Shas political party which represents the ultra-Orthodox Mizrahi Jewish constituency in Israel, arrives at the Ramallah headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization to meet with Palestinian political leaders.

The Rabbi in Ramallah

Rabbi Menashe Zelikha, affiliated with the Shas political party which represents the ultra-Orthodox Mizrahi Jewish constituency in Israel, arrives at the Ramallah headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization to meet with Palestinian political leaders.

Day of Rage

Palestinian women activists confront Israeli infantry troops during a protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

Day of Rage

Palestinian women activists confront Israeli infantry troops during a protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

Smoke Screen

A Palestinian protester participates in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank.

Smoke Screen

A Palestinian protester participates in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank.

Suppressive Fire

An Israeli army marksman and light machine gunner watch clashes between other soldiers and Palestinian protesters at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

Suppressive Fire

An Israeli army marksman and light machine gunner watch clashes between other soldiers and Palestinian protesters at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

Urgent Care

Palestinian men care for fellow protesters wounded in clashes with Israeli troops near the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank.

Urgent Care

Palestinian men care for fellow protesters wounded in clashes with Israeli troops near the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank.

Roosters and Rabbits

Israeli troops pause during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank.

Roosters and Rabbits

Israeli troops pause during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank.

Faceless

A Palestinian woman waves her national flag in front of Israeli troops during a protest in the West Bank village of Bil’in.

Faceless

A Palestinian woman waves her national flag in front of Israeli troops during a protest in the West Bank village of Bil’in.

Behind Closed Doors

Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Yasser Abed Rabbo lights a cigarette during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. It was revealed the following day that Abed Rabbo has recently been holding secret talks with Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israeli prime minister’s home.

Behind Closed Doors

Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Yasser Abed Rabbo lights a cigarette during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. It was revealed the following day that Abed Rabbo has recently been holding secret talks with Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israeli prime minister’s home.

Tears

A Palestinian youth is overcome by tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest in the West Bank.

Tears

A Palestinian youth is overcome by tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest in the West Bank.

Gaza, a retrospective (III)

A Palestinian child cowers against a wall in the southern Gaza Strip in 2005.

Gaza, a retrospective (III)

A Palestinian child cowers against a wall 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.

It’s always darkest before the dawn

Palestinian men from the Gaza Strip cross through the Erez checkpoint in the middle of the night in order to get to their jobs in Israel before the sun rises. August 2000.

It’s always darkest before the dawn

Palestinian men from the Gaza Strip cross through the Erez checkpoint in the middle of the night in order to get to their jobs in Israel before the sun rises. August 2000.

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.