L’échec du poème


Cette « re-collection » de mes reportages, réalisés au Proche Orient entre 1997 et 2008, est ma réaction à la situation actuelle en Palestine et également une ré-interprétation de mon premier livre « État de Siège ». L’échec du poème est une sélection d’images qui étaient destinés à la presse et à certaines associations humanitaires. Après de nombreux aller et retour sur le terrain, constatant le fossé grandissant entre la réalité et ce que les médias publient. Cette soi disant objectivité nécessaire, m’a petit à petit, fait prendre conscience qu’il fallait témoigner autrement.

Olivier Thébaud

 

Rafah beach, at the Egyptian border.
Gaza city, contact sheet, 2000
The Gaza strip is a pressure cooker. The pressure on it habitants is such as the slightest demonstration can take a turn for the worse.
A security perimeter between an Israeli house and a Palestinian house is estimated by the law at 200 meters. An Israeli house is built on palestinian territory, all Palestinian houses in the perimeter are destroyed, then another Israeli house is built, the scope is pushed away and so on...
Orthodox Jews during shabbat at the West Wall, Jerusalem 1997
Personnal diary
Jabalhya refugee camp, Gaza
Food distribution, Jabalhya camp
Few minutes after the departure of the Israelian army of the Paradise hotel and end its offensive Rampart thrown, Bethlehem.
In front of UNRWA girls school in Jabalhya camp, where in violation of the law of wars, Israeli attacks with occurred on July 24 and 30, and August 3, 2014, and killed 45 people, including 17 child.
Izz Al Dîn Al Quassam brigade demonstration in Gaza city.
This woman is visiting her husband in an Israeli jail, Rabbis are helping her to speak english with the
Izz Al Dîn Al Quassam brigade demonstration in Gaza city.
A family entering in its house few minutes after the Israeli army put an end to its offensive Rampart thrown on March 29th 2002. It withdrew from the autonomous zone of Bethlehem, having raised the siege of the Nativity basilica. Among two hundreds Palestinians, among which severals tens armed, had taken refuge with it on April 2nd. Some of them whom Israel considers as very dangerous terrorists had justified the siege and the destruction of the city's center.
Palestinian unemployed workers asking for jobs and food in the gaza strip.
Bethleem few minutes after the departure of the Israelian army ended the offensive Rampart thrown on March 29th 2002.
Yasser Arafat house in Gaza under police protection.
Martyrs in Palestine are not only the kamikaze but all those who died under the fire of the occupant, from whom the only crime is the one to have been born on their land.
Shifa hospital during second intifada, Gaza city, 2000
Sand bags at the entrance of the jews colony in the center town of Hebron.
Jerusalem.
The last resort in Gaza city 2003
A family entering in its house few minutes after the Israeli army put an end to its offensive Rampart thrown on March 29th 2002.
Intifada (#stand up) at El Balouw (#missfortune), Ramallah. (#arabic meaning)
Checkpoint near Hebron.
An ultra orthodox woman insulting the Women in Black pacifist movement in west Jerusalem, 2002
Hamed was coming back from school, walking among a wall to protect him for the Israeli snipers in Ramallah during the second intifada. Shots in his neck, he died and became a martyr the day after.
Izz Al Dîn Al Quassam brigade demonstration in Gaza city.
Palestinian child playing in Jerusalem old city 1997
Likud protest, Jerusalem
Maale Adumin is one of the biggest settlement, todays it's considered like a real city, at the end of 2011, 36089 settlers was living there. West Bank, occupied territory.
Al Jazeera covering Rampart thrown, hotel's tv in Aman, Jordan.
Old quarter of Hebron under curfew.

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