Rare scenes from the First Intifada

Photojournalist Robert Croma visited Palestine and Israel in 1988 during the First Intifada and captured a collection of powerful images of life under Israeli military occupation. Although he no longer has access to many of his original negatives, his blown-up contact prints give us a window into the brutality and intimidation, both physical and emotional, endured by Palestinians in both the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank. Here are some of his best photographs.

Click on the images to open them in new tabs where you will be able to zoom in and appreciate the subtle details of the scenes.

A Throw in Jerusalem

A plain-clothed Israeli security serviceman throws a tear gas canister down a narrow corridor at Palestinian youths in Jerusalem, 1988.

A Mother’s Intervention

A Palestinian mother tries to prevent an Israeli soldier from arresting her son in Gaza City, 1988.


(Uncaptioned, although research suggests that these photographs are likely of Palestinian mothers urging Israeli military personnel to stop physically abusing their children. The setting is possibly in a refugee camp in Jabalya.)

Children of the Occupation

(Uncaptioned, although this photograph was taken in the Gaza Strip in 1998.)

A Visit to the Doctor’s

Families bring their children to a doctor’s office for medical attention and surgery consultations in the Gaza Strip, 1988.

Forced Entry

An Israeli soldier tries to force open the doors of a Palestinian shop in the Gaza Strip in 1988. The shopkeepers had closed their shops to protest Israel’s latest invasion of the occupied territories.


A Palestinian child is arrested and taken away by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip, 1988.

Strength of Arms

Israeli soldiers order Palestinian locals to remove a heavy roadblock from the street, 1988.

To see more of Croma’s work as he covered the First Intifada, visit his Flickr album page here.


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