Photo of Stone-throwers Getting Hit by Car in East Jerusalem Wins Award

Photograph depicts chairman of an organization dedicated to bolstering Jewish presence in Jerusalem running over 2 Palestinian youths who were hurling stones at him.

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A photograph depicting the chairman of an organization dedicated to bolstering Jewish presence in Jerusalem running over two Palestinian children who were hurling stones at him was chosen as the best photograph at the "Local Testimony" 2011 exhibition.

"Local Testimony" is a regional exhibition of photojournalism, running concurrently with the annual "World Press Photo" exhibition that features international press photographers. This year's exhibit is shown at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.

The award-winning picture depicting the car hitting the children in Silwan. Credit: Ilia Yefimovich for AFP

The winning photo was shot for the French News Agency (AFP ) by Ilia Yefimovich, in October 2010 in Silwan, next to Jerusalem's Old City. The driver, David Be'eri, chairman of Elad Association, a group dedicated to strengthening Jewish settlement in the area, claimed after the photo was published that photographers were part of a Palestinian ambush and that the photo was actually staged.

Yefimovich vehemently denies these claims. "Who staged the photo? It can also be interpreted in defense of the driver. Who staged it? The children who felt like being run over that day?"

Society and Community 2nd prize \ Singles, Jim Hollander, A boy looking for parts of a Qassam missile that blew up in a yard in the Sdeh Avraham moshav, near the border with the Gaza Strip, March 26,
Local Testimony Photo of the Year: An Israeli motorist runs down a Palestinian youth while trying to escape a group of youngsters that had hurled stones at Israeli cars in Silwan, east Jerusalem.
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Society and Community 2nd prize \ Singles, Jim Hollander, A boy looking for parts of a Qassam missile that blew up in a yard in the Sdeh Avraham moshav, near the border with the Gaza Strip, March 26, Credit: Jim Hollander
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Local Testimony Photo of the Year: An Israeli motorist runs down a Palestinian youth while trying to escape a group of youngsters that had hurled stones at Israeli cars in Silwan, east Jerusalem.Credit: Ilia Yefimovich
IN PICTURES / Israel's winning photographs of 2011

Yefimovich told Haaretz that he arrived with other photographers at the area because of the tension in Silwan after a local inhabitant was shot dead by a security guard.

"On the way there, stones were hurled at me as well," recalls Yefimovich, "little children throw stones in Silwan, that's the essence of the place."

The police later accepted Be'eri's explanation that he was in danger and had no intention of harming the children. The children weren't tried, because they were under the age of 12, the age of criminal responsibility, but a Silwan resident, Mohammad Sharfi who was present, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment.

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