Photo of Torched Palestinian House Takes First Prize in Israeli Competition

Other winners of Local Testimony contest include Haaretz's Emil Salman for his picture of Orthodox Jew who stabbed victims at 2015 Gay Pride parade.

File photo: Three women stand inside the Dawabsheh family home in Duma, West Bank, where an arson attack claimed three lives, August 4, 2015.
Menahem Kahana \ AFP

The winners of Local Testimony, a photojournalism competition, were announced Thursday evening. In first place was AFP photographer Menahem Kahana with his shot of three women standing in the torched home of the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank town of Duma, where Jewish arsonists killed a Palestinian baby and his parents.

"Like the three sirens of mythology, like three angels witnessing abuse, stand three Palestinian women, appalled at the horror revealed to them in the Dawabsheh home, burnt to the ground," the judges wrote in their explanation for their choice of photo of the year.

Other winners included Haaretz photographer Emil Salman, who took first prize in the news category for capturing the face of Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel just moments after he stabbed several victims at Jerusalem's 2015 Gay Pride parade. 

In another work, EPA photographer Abir Sultan won the society and community category with a picture of a young boy from a Jewish settlement near Hebron mimicking a soldier on patrol in full gear during a visit to the city from President Reuven Rivlin.

Local Testimony is an exhibition for photojournalists covering Israel and the Palestinian territories and the participant photos of 2015's competition are currently on show at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.