Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Night Raid" Photographic Exhibit at Gallery Al-Quds

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Night Raid" Photographic Exhibit at Gallery Al-Quds

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"I conducted a photographic night raid in 2013," photojournalist Richard Cahan explained in a statement about his photo exhibition on view at the Jerusalem Fund's Gallery al-Quds in the Palestine Center in Washington, DC. "Armed with a camera, I walked down the dark, winding streets of Bil'in in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, knocked on doors late at night and asked residents to stand for a picture near or by their homes." Compelled by the frightening night raids routinely conducted by the Israeli army on the residents of Bil'in, the photographer conducted his own "raid" to show the humanity of the innocent victims of the illegal home invasions and the reality of the occupation. Two photos by Hamde Abu Rahma of actual violent Israeli army night raids were also on view.

At the exhibit's Sept. 30 opening reception, guests viewed Cahan's engaging portraits of individuals and families, including a family cat, after he awakened them around 2 a.m. and they graciously posed for photographs, wearing clothes of their choosing.

"Night raids are a nightmare for Palestinians. It is sheer horror to think about it," said Raed Jarrar, government relations manager at the office of public policy and advocacy of the American Friends Service Committee, the organization that initiated and produced "Night Raid" in collaboration with the "Israeli Detention: No Way to Treat a Child" campaign. …

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