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Friends in Holy Places: Photo Essay on Palestine Lifestyles

Two Salam Stock Contributors share snapshots of Palestinian life

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Nadia Martinez

Damon Lynch

Palestine (pronounced Filistin in Arabic) has meaning for billions of people world-wide because of its religious, political, and historical significance. It is a culturally diverse place, having been home for Muslims, Christians, and Jews for hundreds of years. In modern times, Palestine has faced immense political struggles since the inception of the Israeli state 60 years ago, including the Israeli government’s occupation of Palestinian land.

Despite political difficulties, the Palestinian people are a vibrant society that engages politically, values education, and appreciates its rich religious and historical heritage. Two of our Salam Stock Contributors have had the opportunity to visit, and have documented photos showcasing the richness and diversity of the Palestinian lifestyle and culture.

Below are images from the Salamfolios of Nadia Martinez and Damon Lynch.  Check out the Salam Stock photo collection if you’re interested in seeing all of our stock photos relating to Palestine.


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The Dome of the Rock – The famous Dome of the Rock, not to be confused with the neighboring Masjid Al-Aqsa, is a beautiful, detailed work of art as well as a holy place for both Jews and Muslims. The ancient place of worship resides in Jerusalem.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez  |  Purchase Photo or Print

University Students - Three female students sit beside each other on a bench inside Arab American University, which is located on the outskirts of the Palestinian city Jenin in the West Bank. Photo taken on June 25, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Market in the Holy City – A father and daughter walk through a market in the Old City of Jerusalem. Crowded with locals, tourists, and many others.  There is plenty to buy here – good good, clothing, and pricey souvenirs!
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Christian Palestinian Woman – This young Christian Palestinian woman works with Muslims and other Christians to help build peace in the region. Photo taken in Bethlehem on June 21, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Classy Refugee – A young Palestinian girl stands in a doorway in a refugee camp in Jerusalem on July 23, 2005
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Candies in Jerusalem – A large selection of yummy candies in a shop in the Old City of Jerusalem. A perfect spot to visit on your way out of the city.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

The Dome of the Rock – The Dome of the Rock is located on the Haram-al-Sharif in Jerusalem, one of the most holy sites in Islam. Inside is the Foundation Stone. Photo taken on September 11, 2006.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

A People meant to live as One – Two Orthodox Jewish men walk beside a small group of Muslim children in the Old City of Jerusalem on September 7, 2006. Perhaps a glimpse of a bright future.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Stop the Wall – An enormous Wall separates Israelis from Palestinians and also encircles the village of Qalqilia from all directions leaving one electronic checkpoint as the sole entrance and exit for the city, run by the military, and opened at 9 am and closed at 5 pm. The Israeli administration often refers to the wall as a “Security Fence,” while Palestinian activists often describe it as an “Apartheid Wall.”
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Friends Celebrate – Ibrahim Abu el-Hawa and Rabbi Meachem are described as “peacemakers” living in East Jerusalem. The two men have been friends for many years, and at this time Ibrahim was a guest at the wedding of one of Rabbi Froman’s daughthers. Picture taken on November 14, 2005 in Tekoa, the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Walls that Divide – The imposing Israeli built wall separating Bethlehem from neighboring Jerusalem is here approximately 8 metres high. In this photo a Palestinian man walks on the Bethlehem side of the wall on September 30, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Israeli Guard Tower – An Israeli guard tower attached is to the massive security wall Israel erected in 2005. This part of the wall is beside a Palestinian refugee camp in Bethlehem. Photo taken on September 30, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Palestinian Ferris Wheel – Outside of the Zoo in Qalqilia, Palestine is a small amusement park which the local kids just love to go to for a fun day.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Contemporary Palestinian Lady – A Palestinian woman wearing sunglasses looks to the camera with a smile on her face in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on June 16, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Heartfelt Smiles – A Palestinian man smiles while looking to the camera in a coffee shop in the Palestinian city of Jenin in the West Bank on June 26, 2005
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Dessert Known ’round the World – An appetizing shot of Baklawa, a traditional arab dessert.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Songs among Hardship – A group of girls sing and clap their hands in a school in Jerusalem refugee camp on July 23, 2005. Behind them there is a man playing drums.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Prayer Congregation – An Imam named Abdul Karim Al Zorba leads a small group of Palestinian men in evening prayers in Jerusalem on October 2, 2007. Zorba leads the call to prayer at the Dome of the Rock.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Men of Knowledge – An Imam puts his hand on the shoulder of another Imam in Jerusalem on October 2, 2007. The Imam on the right is Abdul Karim Al Zorba, who leads the call to prayer at the Dome of the Rock.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Fun for the Camera – A group of Palestinian girls sitting on top of a small wall tease a young Palestinian boy in a refugee camp in Bethlehem on September 30, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

City of Tulkarem – A busy street of Tulkarem filled with pedestrians, taxi cabs, and other vehicles. People are likely to be running errands or shopping – like anywhere else in the world.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

The Children of Hebron – Three Palestinian children walk in a Hebron street on October 16, 2007. One boy is carrying a much younger boy on his shoulders.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

The Centre for Jerusalem Studies – Palestinians in scout uniforms gather for an event at the Centre for Jeruasalem Studies in the old city of Jerusalem on October 16, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Market in Nablus – Men and women shop in a market in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the West Bank on December 5, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Home Decor – Beads hang from a hallway entrance of a Palestinian home.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Graffiti Messages of Hope – “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea!” is one of many messages written onto the Apartheid Wall that surrounds the village of Qalqilia.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Elderly Lady – An elderly Palestinian woman sits with her back to a blue-green door in the old city of Jerusalem on October 9, 2005. In addition to her white hijab, she is wearing a traditional blue and red Palestinian dress.
From the Salamfolio of Damon lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Old Laughs – An elderly Palestinian woman wearing a white hijab laughs inside her home in a refugee camp in Jerusalem on July 23, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

The People’s Security – An armed Palestinian security guard looks down intently while holding a Palestinian flag in the Mukataa in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank on September 24, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

The Dome of the Rock Foyer Entrance – An entrance foyer area to the esteemed and iconic ‘Dome of the Rock’ in Jerusalem.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Contemporary Palestinian Office – Bright, heavily saturated colors dominate office walls and furniture in a printing press in Gaza on September 20, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Student Activist Leader – A male Palestinian in Al-Quds University in Jerusalem on July 6, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Represent – A young Palestinian woman looks over her shoulder while standing above the crowd in the Mukataa in Ramallah in the West Bank o September 24, 2005. She is wearing a traditional Arab scarf (kaffiyeh) on her shoulders.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Rally for the Cause – Young Palestinian women and men wave flags amidst a crowd in the Mukataa in Ramallah in the West Bank on September 24, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Masjid al-Aqsa Interior – Inside of Masjid Al-Aqsa right, you can see tall pillars and a beautiful red carpet. This is the Masjid from where the Prophet Muhammad ascended on the Heavenly Journey, as stated in the Quran: “Immaculate is He who carried His servant on a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque whose environs We have blessed, that We might show him some of Our signs. Indeed He is the All-hearing, the All-seeing.” (Quran 17:1)
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Barbed Dome of the Rock – A barbed wire fence stands in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on August 26, 2005. Israeli imposed restrictions have often made it difficult for worshipers and visitors to reach this sacred precinct.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Close Quarters- A view of the refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Jenin on June 26, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Boy Smiles – A Palestinian boy in a refugee camp wearing a gray T-shirt smiles as he looks at the camera in Jerusalem on July 23, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Kids in Hebron Neighborhood – Two young Palestinian children stand at the entrance to a doorway in the Palestinian city of Hebron on the West Bank on August 13, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Hand in Hand in the Old City – Two young Palestinian children hold hands as they walk in the old city of Jerusalem on August 26, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Sheikh of the Naqshabandi Order – Naqshabandi Sufi Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari (1949-2010) was a leader in interreligious peace building in the holy land. The Bukhari family migrated from Bukhara to Jerusalem in 1616.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

School for Girls – Al-Shariqa Girls School in Qalqilia, Palestine which has 764 students from first to sixth grades.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Palestine University at Dusk – Some buildings and grounds of the Arab-American University located on the outskirts of the Palestinian city Jenin in the West Bank. Photo taken on June 25, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Palestinian Musical Band – The Palestinian rock band Khalas performs for an audience in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the West Bank on August 4, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Oud Playing – A Palestinian man performs for a group of people in a Turkish bath house in the old city of Jerusalem on August 2, 2005.
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Happiness in Jenin – A young Palestinian girl looks to the camera calmly in the Palestinian city of Jenin in the West Bank on June 26, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Ads and Signs in Tulkarem – Advertising and signs adorn the streets of Tulkarem.  The large sign in red reads “Abu al Ameen.”
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Lunch time for School Children – A group of Palestinian schoolgirls and schoolboys eat sandwiches for lunch in the grounds of their school in Bethlehem on October 13, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Palestinian Men Discuss in a Crowd – A group of Palestinian men congregate in Jenin in the West Bank on December 21, 2005. Two men are talking to each other. One seems to have a “Calvin Klein” beanie hat on.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Palestinian Cowgirl – A Palestinian girl in a red shirt (with Hebrew writing) wears a hat in the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank on August 13, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Dome of the Rock Closeup – Another shot of the Dome of the Rock, with closeup of its main entrance.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Tailors of Gaza – Six male Palestinian tailors work on customer orders in Gaza on September 20, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Palestinian glass blower - A Palestinian man blows glass in the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank on June 14, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

A little too excited about School – Palestinian schoolgirls laugh and smile as they have their photo taken through the window of a van in the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank on October 16, 2007.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Dinner time for Everyone – A group of Palestinian men, an Israeli Jew and a foreign man share a meal in a home in the old city of Jerusalem on October 2, 2007. They are in the home of an Uzbek Muslim family that has been in Jerusalem for many centuries.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Beneath the Dome of the Rock – Underneath The Rock, or Foundation Stone, in the heart of Dome of the Rock. The natural cave beneath it is known as the Well of Souls.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Refugee Camp Children – Three young Palestinian girls laugh together in a refugee camp in Jerusalem on July 23, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Ceiling of the Dome of the Rock – The Dome of the Rock is located on the Haram-al-Sharif in the Old City of Jerusalem, and is the third most holy site in Islam. The rock in the center of the dome, call the foundation stone, is believed by Muslims to be the spot from which Muhammad ascended to God in heaven, accompanied by the angel Gabriel. In Judaism, the stone is the site where Abraham fulfilled God’s test to see if he would be willing to sacrifice his son Isaac.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Piercing Eyes – A young Palestinian schoolgirl poses for the camera in a library in a refugee camp in Jerusalem on July 23, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Little Girls of Palestine – A close-up of two Palestinian girls looking down toward an object out of the frame in a refugee camp in Jerusalem on July 23, 2005.
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Gaza Gas Station – A Palestinian man stands beside a gas pump in a gasoline station in Gaza on September 20, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Damascus Gate into the Old City – This ancient gate is just one of the gates into the Old City of Jerusalem. Rebuilt in 1537, it is located in the wall on the city’s northwest side where the highway leads out to Nablus, and from there, in times past, to the capital of Syria, Damascus.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Minaret in Qalquilia – One of many mosques in Qalquilia, Palestine, this one is definitely the fanciest mosque. Right by the city’s entrance, its gold dome and tall minarets stand out among the nearby drab buildings.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Man on the Street Corner – A Palestinian man wearing a kaffiyeh and with his hands in his pockets waits on a sidewalk in the city of Jenin in the West Bank on December 21, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Edward Said Legacy in Gaza – An Edward Said book cover sits on a desk in a printing press in Gaza on September 20, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Disney in Palestine – Two Palestinian boys stand beside each other in the Palestinian city of Hebron on August 13, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Jerusalem Skyline – A view Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock within the Jerusalem skyline, including part of the the Old City’s outer wall. Photo taken at sunset on November 1, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Jenin Street Conversations – Three Palestinian men – two sitting and one standing – discuss something in Jenin in the West Bank on December 21, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Outside the Dome of the Rock – Tourists being led by a guide around the grounds of the Dome of the Rock.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Colorful Dome inside a Masjid - The bright colors and fancy details really make this one-year-old masjid in Qalqilia, Palestine a beautiful place to pray.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Nighttime Stare – A Palestinian man looks intently into the distance on October 23, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Apartments in Gaza – The moon is seen in the sky above an apartment building in Gaza city on September 20, 2005 – as seen much before Operation Cast Lead took place in 2008 which left many Palestinian homes and building destroyed.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Lamps and Ceiling of the Dome – Intricate details ornamented on the inside of the Dome of the Rock.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

VW Taxi Cabs – In many of the villages in Palestine, these yellow vans are used to transport people from one village to another. Each passenger pays for their own seat and when the van is full, the driver takes off.
From the Salamfolio of Nadia Martinez | Purchase Photo or Print

Convos at Home – A Palestinian family sits outside the door to the home in the old city of Jerusalem on August 26, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

Eyes of a Palestinian Child – Close-up headshot of a Palestinian boy standing against a wall looking directly into the camera on June 27, 2005.
From the Salamfolio of Damon Lynch | Purchase Photo or Print

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