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Kibbutz Kfar Aza after October 7th
Rita, a volunteer at the donation center for internally displaced persons
Ronni, a family member of a Hamas hostage
In Israel after October 7th

My photographic documentation of the aftermath of the tragic events of October 7th in Israel aims to authentically capture the profound impact of that fateful day on Israeli society. Through my images, I seek to convey the suffering, challenges, and collective resilience of the Israeli population.
 
Particularly poignant were my encounters with the numerous individuals who embraced me, expressing their gratitude for my efforts. Many Israelis feel abandoned by the world.
 
A central objective of my work is to actively combat antisemitism and raise awareness that both the Palestinian civilians and the Israeli people are victims of this fraught situation. In our postmodern era, media attention often focuses predominantly on the suffering of who it deems the victims, overlooking the fact that both Palestinians and Israelis suffer equally from the vile actions of Hamas.
 
My photographic narrative aims not only to document the consequences of Oct. 7 on Israeli society, but also to establish a connection between the media representation of Israel and the actual reality within the country. Amidst the pain, the stories of survivors, families of hostages, and their endeavors to rebuild should create space for empathy and understanding.
 
In a time when age-old prejudices frequently influence world sympathies, my work aspires to sharpen awareness that compassion and empathy are crucial tools for dismantling hostilities and misunderstandings. This photographic documentation serves not only as a testament to current events but also as an invitation for reflection on the future and the responsibility for peaceful coexistence.
 
Halina Hildebrand

Apartment in Kibbutz Kfar Aza
Refrigerator in Kibbutz Kfar Aza
Lior, internally displaced person from Sderot — temporary lodging in a hotel
Olya, internally displaced person from Kfar Aza — temporary new home in Kibbutz Shwaim
Batia, internally displaced person from Kibbutz Kfar Aza, temporarily in Kibbutz Shwaim — the good soul who knits baby blankets
Moisheke, reservist - protects the internally displaced persons
House in Kibbutz Kfar Aza
Nomi and Cobi from Kibbutz Kfar Aza: Our lives are incomplete without the return of the hostages
Natamo and her mother Tzipora, internally displaced persons from Sderot, temporarily lodged in a hotel
Fanny, internally displaced person from Kibbutz Magen: 9 years ago I lost my son in the war and now my home
Apartment in Kibbutz Kfar Aza
Yuri, survivor of the massacre, in his destroyed house: The best I can do is stand on this bed
Tal, internally displaced person — shares the room in the hotel with two sisters
Afek, reservist: I'm actually a poet. But unfortunately, with a gun, as I continue to write in the military
Kibbutz Kfar Aza, after the massacre — an apparent picture of normality
Shiri, internally displaced person from Kfar Aza: The government should listen to us young people because we are the future of Israel
Tagit, aunt of the abducted children Ella and Daphna
Danny, father of abducted Omri
House in Kibbutz Kfar Aza
Place of solidarity in Tel Aviv — donation center for internally displaced persons
Tal, volunteer at the donation center for internally displaced persons
Ido, volunteer at the donation center for internally displaced persons
Asif, survivor from Kibbutz Nir Oz, in front of the picture of his murdered mother
Tkuma, in the south of Israel — cars belonging to participants of the Supernova Festival destroyed by Hamas
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