A Year in Photos: Looking Back at Haaretz Photographers' Best Shots From 2019

From the Lebanese border in the north to Israel's Bedouin communities in the south, Haaretz looks back on our most telling photos from 2019

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Haaretz looks back on a year filled with mass demonstrations, military operations and political excitement. 2019 was kicked off by the Israeli army's Operation Northern Shield to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels near the border. Amid various Gaza-border escalations lower south, Israel soon went into election mode in a tight race between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz. In the summer the country saw nation-wide protests sparked by the killing of 18-year-old Ethiopian Israeli Soloman Teka who was shot by an off-duty police officer. In the fall, Israel held its second general election in which voter turnout in Arab communities rose to 60 percent. In 2019's final months, the country was embroiled in political deadlock over government negotiations. Here's a look Haaretz photographers' best shots from the year. 

Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border, January 25, 2019. Credit: Ilan Assayag
An ultra-Orthodox man performs a Kapparot ritual for Yom Kippur in Jerusalem's Mea She’arim neighborhood, October 8, 2019. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Residents of East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood pose for a photo, February 10, 2019. Credit: Emil Salman
Israeli soldiers stand guard on the northern border during Operation Northern Shield to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels in Israel, February 23, 2019. Credit: Gil Eliyahu
An Israeli soldier puts out a fire caused by incendiary balloons flown from Gaza, March 11, 2019. Credit: Ilan Assayag
Children of asylum seekers and migrant workers celebrate Purim at the Bialik-Rogozin School in south Tel Aviv, March 18, 2019. Credit: Moti Milrod
People celebrate the ancient Hindu festival Holi at a base in the Golan Heights, March 20, 2019. Credit: Gil Eliyahu
Bedouin girls protest the demolition of homes in the Negev, March 28, 2019. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
Israeli security forces evacuate settlers who barricaded themselves to the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona March 25, 2019. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu celebrate Passover with Likud party members in Jerusalem, April 2019. Credit: Emil Salman
A polling station at Givat Brenner in central Israel during the general election, April 9, 2019. Credit: Nir Keidar
Israel's Iron Dome intercepts a missile fired over Ashkelon, May 4, 2019. Credit: Ilan Assayag
Soldiers and children on a tank at a memorial site for fallen soldiers on Independence Day, May 8, 2019. Credit: Emil Salman
Kahol Lavan leaders Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid, Moshe Ya’alon and Gabi Ashkenazi visit the Golan Heights, May 24, 2019. Credit: Gil Eliyahu
President Reuven Rivlin kisses the coffin of his wife, Nechama, at the Jerusalem Theater, June 5, 2019.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Protesters gather in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square after the cancellation of the three-day music Doof Festival, June 7, 2019.Credit: Meged Gozani
Druze residents of the Golan Heights demonstrate in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a rally in the village of Majdal Shams, June 12, 2019. Credit: Gil Eliyahu
People at the pride parade in Tel Aviv on June 14, 2019.Credit: Ofer Vankin
Sara Netanyahu signs a plea deal for misusing public funds at a Jerusalem District Court, June 16, 2019.Credit: Emil Salman
Followers of Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua during a mass prayer at Mount Precipice, June 24, 2019. Credit: Gil Eliyahu
A crocodile at a farm in Arava, June 25, 2019. Credit: Eyal Toeg
Rami Shllush's photo that won a news photography award for his series of images taken of the demonstrations by the Ethiopian-Israeli immigrant community, June 30, 2019. Credit: Rami Shllush
A car set on fire during demonstrations over the shooting of an Ethiopian Israeli, Tel Aviv, July 2, 2019. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Protesters at a demonstration following the shooting of Solomon Teka, July 2, 2019. Credit: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv
Goats on an Israeli army training facility near the West Bank settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim, July 14, 2019. Credit: Emil Salman
A man stands in front of a village that was demolished by Israeli security forces in the Wadi Hummus neighborhood of East Jerusalem, July 22, 2019. Credit: Emil Salman
Visitors enjoy the waterfall at Gan Hashlosha National Park which Time Magazine compared to the original Garden of Eden, August 10, 2019. Credit: Gil Eliyahu
American author Paul Auster poses in his New York home, August 20, 2019. Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
A soldier puts out a fire caused by incendiary balloons flown from Gaza, September 3, 2019. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
Netanyahu announcing his annexation plans for the West Bank if re-elected, September 10, 2019.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Damage to a house after a fire broke out, September 2019. Credit: Eyal Toeg
Benny Gantz encourages people to go and vote on election day, Tel Aviv, September 17, 2019. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Yamina lawmakers Bezalel Smotrich, Rafi Peretz and Ayelet Shaked on election night, September 17, 2019.Credit: David Bachar
Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Tel Aviv on election night, September 17, 2019. Credit: Ofer Vaknin
Israeli teenagers take part in protest calling for leaders to act on climate crisis, Tel Aviv, September 20, 2019. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Joint List lawmakers arrive to give their recommendation to the president of whom should be given the mandate to form a government, September 22, 2019.Credit: Emil Salman
Israeli Arabs protest against police inaction of violence in Arab communities in Umm al-Fahm, October 3, 2019.Credit: Gil Eliyahu
The funeral of Bedouin boy who died after a tree branch fell on him, October 6, 2019. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz
An archaeologist exposes a mosaic floor found in a Church in Hippos-Sussita near the Sea of Galilee, October 10, 2019.Credit: Rami Shllush
Winner of photo of the Year at Edut Mekomit ('Local Testimony') competition shows Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman presenting his party’s slate for the September election, October 19, 2019.Credit: Ofer Vaknin
Ultra-Orthodox youths watch the funeral procession of Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, Bnei Brak, Israel, October 22, 2019.Credit: Moti Milrod
Classmates protest the arrest of a Filipino couple and their two Israeli-born daughters who were slated to be deported, November 10, 2019. Credit: Meged Gozani
Residents of the Israeli city of Ashkelon running for shelter as rocket alert sirens blare in south, November 15, 2019. Credit: Ilan Assayag
Palestinian photographer Muad Amarna blinded in one eye by a bullet fired by border policemen, Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, November 17, 2019.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
A flock of birds at the Superland theme park in Rishon Letzion, December 5, 2019. Credit: Ofer Vaknin
A rainbow seen near the Israel-Jordan border after a winter storm, December 26, 2019. Credit: Gil Eliyahu

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