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.
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A Throw in Jerusalem
A Mother’s Intervention
(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
A Visit to the Doctor’s
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.
Strength of Arms
To see more of Croma’s work as he covered the First Intifada, visit his Flickr album page here.