Palestinians Blinded Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

‘Eye of Truth’ – Portraits of Palestinians Blinded by Israeli Snipers

Published June 22nd, 2020 – 07:09 GMT

There is smoke from burning tires, gas, and moving crowds. Snipers are at a distance.

Some were taking part in clashes, others were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some of them wish to be dead, it would be easier. Others want to challenge the whole world, to remain strong, but inside they are broken.

Along the border of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army uses snipers who, according to instructions, open fire only when the soldiers are at risk from intensifying violence from Palestinian rioters.

In the Gaza Strip, the cramped territory of two million people controlled by Hamas and under Israeli blockade, residents have grown accustomed to traumatic wounds after the three Israeli aggressions in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

There residents complain of increasing violence from the Israeli police, which says it is responding to growing unrest by the population.

In recent years police, there have used spongy synthetic rubber bullets, deemed in theory to be less lethal. But when fired at close range, they have been known to cause deaths.

More than 8,000 Palestinians were hit by Israeli fire during the often violent “March of Return” protests which began in March 2018, according to UN figures.

This combination of pictures created on June 8, 2020, shows (top L to R) Ahmed al-Louth, who lost his left eye, posing during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza; Muath Amarneh, who lost his left eye, posing during a photo session in Ramallah; Mohammed Burqan, who lost his right eye, posing during a photo session in Jerusalem; (middle L to R) Jacqueline Shahada, who lost her left eye, posing during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza; Malek Issa, 9, lost his left eye

Sami Marsan, who lost his left eye in the ongoing conflict with Israel, poses during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, on February 4 , 2020. Along the border of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army uses snipers who, according to instructions, open fire only when the soldiers are at risk from intensifying violence from Palestinian rioters. Some were taking part in clashes, others simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. All were left scarred and their lives wrecked, even though in Palestinian society being injured while standing up to Israeli occupation is often lionised. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Mai Abu Rawda, who lost her right eye, stands at the place where she was shot in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, on May 28 , 2020. Along the border of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army uses snipers who, according to instructions, open fire only when the soldiers are at risk from intensifying violence from Palestinian rioters. Some were taking part in clashes, others simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. All were left scarred and their lives wrecked, even though in Palestinian society being injured while standing up to Israeli occupation is often lionised. Mahmud Hams / AFP

Ahmed al-Louth, who lost his left eye in the ongoing conflict with Israel, poses during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, on February 4 , 2020. Along the border of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army uses snipers who, according to instructions, open fire only when the soldiers are at risk from intensifying violence from Palestinian rioters. Some were taking part in clashes, others simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. All were left scarred and their lives wrecked, even though in Palestinian society being injured while standing up to Israeli occupation is often lionised. EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

Ahmed al-Louth, who lost his left eye in the ongoing conflict with Israel, poses during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, on February 4 , 2020. Along the border of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army uses snipers who, according to instructions, open fire only when the soldiers are at risk from intensifying violence from Palestinian rioters. Some were taking part in clashes, others simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. All were left scarred and their lives wrecked, even though in Palestinian society being injured while standing up to Israeli occupation is often lionised. EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

Jacqueline Shahada, who lost her left eye in the ongoing conflict with Israel, poses during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza on February 4, 2020. Along the border of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army uses snipers who, according to instructions, open fire only when the soldiers are at risk from intensifying violence from Palestinian rioters. Some were taking part in clashes, others simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. All were left scarred and their lives wrecked, even though in Palestinian society being injured while standing up to Israeli occupation is often lionised. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

This combination of pictures created on June 11, 2020 shows (Top L to R) Mohammed Burqan, who lost his left eye, posing during a photo session in Jerusalem; Muath Amarneh, who lost his left eye, posing during a photo session in Ramallah; Jacqueline Shahada, who lost her left eye, posing during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza; (Middle L to R) Ahmed al-Louth, who lost his left eye, posing during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza; Malek Issa, 9, who lost his left eye, poses during a photo session in Jerusalem; Nafez al-Damiri, who lost his right eye, poses during a photo session in Jerusalem; (Bottom L to R) Rifaat Barham, who lost his right eye, posing during a photo session in Ramallah, Mai Abu Rawda, who lost her right eye, posing during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza; Sami Marsan, who lost his left eye, posing during a photo session in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. Along the border of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army uses snipers who,

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