Capturing the Moment Palestinians See the Sea for the First Time

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Orna Naor photo
Credit: Orna Naor
Orna Naor
Orna Naor

For the past 13 years, the Min El Bahar – “From the Sea,” in Arabic – group has been bringing Palestinian families from the West Bank to the beach in Tel Aviv. Their first encounter with the sea and the sand is an exciting one, especially for the children among them. While it is accompanied by a fear of the people, of the water itself and of the whole experience – within a short time the apprehension evaporates and is replaced by smiles and shouts of joy.

When they return home, to cities and villages located just a few dozen kilometers away from the coastline, these people wonder whether there will be another time, whether there will be another such experience. But they also feel a sense of fulfillment: Now they have gotten to know the sea. Photographer Orna Naor documented the encounter between the people, the water and the hot sand.

The Haaretz photography blog is curated by Daniel Tchetchik.

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