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Security
Jerusalem
By Ralf Falbe
11 May 2015

Israeli Security in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.

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Bar Mitzvah
Jerusalem
By Ralf Falbe
11 May 2015

Bar Mitzvah service, a Jewish religious tradition, in the old city of Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem: the Birthplace of Monotheism
Jerusalem
By Noe Falk Nielsen
20 Apr 2015

The old city of Jerusalem contains the holiest places for two major monotheistic religions and the third holiest place for a third. The old city of Jerusalem contains the Wailing Wall, the holiest site for Jews; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is said to stand on the ground where Jesus was crucified, interred, and later resurrected; and the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is one of the oldest mosques in Islam and represents the place where the prophet arrived on his nightly journey from Mecca. Al-Aqsa is regarded as the third holiest place in Islam, after Mecca and Medina.


Together, these religious sites hold significance for approximately four billion Christians, Muslims and Jews around the world. 

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Snow Blankets Jerusalem
Jerusalem
By Andrea DiCenzo
18 Feb 2015

The city of Jerusalem woke up to a blanket of ten inches of snow from a storm the night before. Winters in the region have become increasingly colder and this is the fourth year in a row that snow has fallen on Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Municipality has asked the residents of Jerusalem and surrounding areas to refrain from using the roads and schools have remained closed. As children are starting to appear outside to revel in the beautiful views of the city covered in snow, the government has stressed its responsibility to ensure safety in the city. "The first objective is to save lives, the second to open roads and the third to supply electricity," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement released on Thursday night.

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Les eaux cachées [FR SCREENER]
Fez, Morocco
By Joe Lukawski
11 Feb 2015

FR SCREENER

Hidden Waters tells the story of water in Fez, Morocco, the cultural practices surrounding it, and those who aim to save it for future generations. In the medieval medina of Fez, water was once the motor of medieval commerce and industry as well as a source of well-being and luxury for its peoples. Today, as the old hydraulic system falls into disrepair and the river running through Fez is threatened by pollution; inhabitants of the medina depend on modern water sources that become more expensive as each well dries up and each old water channel breaks down. Can Fez’s famous waters be saved?

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Tank Battle in Aleppo
Aleppo
By mustafa sultan
30 Oct 2014

October 26-31, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

Intense combat footage shows Islamic Front and Free Syrian Army forces battling the Syrian Army in Aleppo using captured tanks. The Islamic Front and the FSA are the primary factions in control of rebel held Aleppo, including key parts of the battered old city.

Translation:

"We have been in this Mosque for over a year and it is very precious to us as it is one of the great Islamic sites. We are defending it against the horrible regime [of Bashar al-Assad] that shells and bombs without considering the people or the religious sites. We are still defending our city. We follow orders to take down the regime and the president, and then liberate ourselves. We are still hanging on, trying to maintain what is left of Aleppo. With God's help, we will hopefully be liberated from this regime."

Shots List:

Shot 1: Fighters from the FSA and the Islamic Front defending an attack by the regime at the frontline of Sifat
Shot 2: Clashes between the regime and the rebels in Handarat
Shot 3: Clashes between the rebels and the regime
Shot 4: Shot of the Citadel of Aleppo, that is under the control of the regime
Shot 5: Military group commander in the old town of Aleppo and the guard of the Ummayad Mosque in Aleppo

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Jerusalem - the birthplace of Monotheism
Jerusalem
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Oct 2014

The Wailing Wall with the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque in the background in the Temple Mount.

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Jerusalem - the birthplace of Monotheism
Church of the Nativity
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 Oct 2014

The site where Jesus is said to have been born. Church of Nativity, Bethlehem, West Bank.

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Jerusalem - the birthplace of Monotheism
Jerusalem
By Noe Falk Nielsen
30 Sep 2014

Jewish devotees attend evening prayer at the Wailing Wall. The wailing wall is the last remaining part of the second temple built by Herod in 19 BC. The wall comprised the western wall of the former temple, thus its alternate name the "Western Wall".

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Jerusalem - the birthplace of Monotheism
Jerusalem
By Noe Falk Nielsen
30 Sep 2014

Christian woman pray at the site where it is said Jesus was laid to rest.

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Jerusalem - the birthplace of Monotheism
Jerusalem
By Noe Falk Nielsen
29 Sep 2014

The Dome of the Rock towering above the Wailing Wall in the right foreground. The Foundation Stone inside the Dome is significant to both Muslims, Christians and Jews.

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Jerusalem - the birthplace of Monotheism
Jerusalem
By Noe Falk Nielsen
29 Sep 2014

Christian woman lighting a candle for Jesus at the site of the cave at the Church of theHoly Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

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A witness describes the assassination...
Homs
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

Video Shot on April 9, 2014 in the Jesuit Monastery in the old city of Homs, Syria.
Shows B-roll of the grave of father Frans Van der Lugt, and interviews with three citizens of the local christian community that are still living in the monastery located in the besieged opposition held areas in Homs.
Father Frans was assassinated on Monday, April 7, when an unknown masked gunman shot him in the head in the monastery according to Mazhar, one of the monastery inhabitants who witnessed the assassination.

Mazhar:
He came here and I was in the monastery, he said he wanted to meet with father Frans. I said, why do you want to see him? He said, there’s a question I want to ask him and I came to see him, so I told him wait till he wakes up. So he said, can’t we see him now, so I told him no please wait he will be out in 5-10 minutes.
Interviewer:
What did he look like?
Mazhar:
Thin I think, not tall and not short, average, and he was wearing a mask, we could only see his eyes.
Then father Frans came out of his room, said Al Salam Alaykum. So we answered him Wa Alaykum Al Salam. The masked guy said we will take you and you will be very happy with us, the father said: I don’t leave the monastery, so the guy said: how come you don’t leave the monastery? So he said: I stay here and never leave the monastery, so the man said alright then sit on the chair, he sat on the chair. So I said please take it easy what are you going to do? So he said, you sit on the side before I shoot you. So the Father said: I will sit and when he sat down he shot him.

Nazem:
Christians are Arab Syrian citizens in every way possible, we can’t differentiate them from other citizens, so the form of the question used as Christians or non-Christians is not necessary, we’re Arab citizens, we defend our country, our churches, our sects, and our existence in general.
Monastery of the Jesuit Fathers was an institution throughout the history, not related to a specific person, no doubt father Frans had a huge role that we can’t forget, and he’s one of the reasons that made us stay, he made us more attached to our land, our existence, our houses, our churches, and monasteries. And he insisted on staying here and never leaving the monastery and he helped us establish these beliefs. The monastery is going to continue spreading the message that he started with and we consider that father Frans is still with us by his soul and thoughts that supported humanity mostly.
Ofcourse we feel the danger surrounding us, especially after the assassination, but this danger isn’t enough for us to leave.
Interviewer:
How about you Mrs Marry
Mary:
I am scared, I feel scared but I would never leave the monastery, this is the message of our Father and his home and this monetary is what kept us together all the Christians.
Nazem:
Ofcourse we know who assassinated Father Frans, he’s a person who is completely ignorant, if he had any idea who is father Frans, he wouldn’t have done such a thing.
Mary: A coward, if he was a normal person who knows god he wouldn’t have done it, he’s a coward.
Nazem:
Of course not I was with father Frans in the past while, day by day and hour by hour, there wasn’t any threats, contrary, I don’t think anyone would try to harm a person like father Frans.
Mary:
we remember his goodness, how he was a loving father, with his big heart that contains everyone, he loved all the people, even the ones who had a lot of hatred in them, he knew they felt this way but he loved them, his intentions were always towards love, and he had a saying that he always used “move forward”, he never holds people’s mistakes against them, he sees lots of mistakes from the people who surround him but he never holds their mistakes against them he just says “move forward”. Nazem:
Father Franse, even though the question is simple, but the answer is history, archives, a life story, a movie if you want to call it, the most important thing that he had done is that he made us feel that we are all in one church, all the Christian sects, we all gather and pray n one church. And as Sister Mary said, Father Frans was the most pure, wonderful person we’ve eve met, you might not know this but he has a PHD in psychology, he’s a very profound person, he’s not shallow, he sees things from the inside, he is simply a message in this life, a long hard journey from life on earth to the kingdom of heaven. He is a well-respected, generous person who is considered a peacemaker among all the people who knew him.
After we lost father Frans we became twenty-three Christian here in the monetary, of course the situation is very difficult and has been for a long time, we call it the rough days, lack of food, we don’t have water anymore, no electricity, we always say thank god, we’re now in the spring and the land is giving us many things that we’re seeing for the first time but we’re learning how to deal with it and cook it and benefit from the nutrition in it which helping us to live and survive.
Mary:
we’re suffering from the lack of electricity and food, we’re living on some types of grass and greens and some nice people are bringing us groats so we’re using it to make soup, and that’s what we’re suffering from, it’s very hard, there’s no electricity or water so we have to use buckets to get some water.

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Damascus in September 2013
Damascus, Syria
By lukas.goga
13 Sep 2013

Life in Old Damascus is not so busy like it used to be before year 2011, but the atmosphere is still normal comparing with other cities and regions in Syria. People walk, go shopping or sit in cafes without any fear that something can happen here. Some shopes are closed and profits are lower than before uprising, but the life of Old Damascus goes on.

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Old City - Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
20 Apr 2013

A Free Syrian Fighter rests after firing at Assad controlled postions towards the Citadel in the Old City of Aleppo in Syria.

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A Mosque Without a Minaret
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
17 Apr 2013

The minaret of Al-Adlia Mosque collapsed due to the shelling by the regime in the Old City of Aleppo.

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Little Jerusalem in Italy (19 of 19)
Pitigliano, Italy
By Nili Bassan
17 Apr 2013

The entrance to "Little Jerusalem", today a visitor center, in the past the Jewish Ghetto.
On the right wall explanations about the Hebrew calender and about Jewish Holidays.
Also on the right an entrance to the Mikveh(a bath used for ritual immersion in Judaism).
Pitigliano, Italy.

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Little Jerusalem in Italy (17 of 19)
Pitigliano, Italy
By Nili Bassan
17 Apr 2013

The entrance to the wine cellar in the winery of the Jewish community of Pitigliano.
Today is part of "Little Jerusalem" visitor center, in the past the Jewish Ghetto.
On the sign on right it's written "winery" in Hebrew ("Yekev").
Pitigliano, Italy.

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Little Jerusalem in Italy (16 of 19)
Pitigliano, Italy
By Nili Bassan
17 Apr 2013

The entrance to the old winery in "Little Jerusalem" , today a visitor center, in the past the Jewish Ghetto.
On the wall (on left) part of The Declaration of Independence of the state of Israel is posted.

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Little Jerusalem in Italy (12 of 19)
Pitigliano, Italy
By Nili Bassan
17 Apr 2013

Pitigliano,Italy.
The old winery of the Jewish community of Pitigliano.
Now it's part of a visitor center named "Little Jerusalem" that preserve and present the Jewish community in the past.

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Little Jerusalem in Italy (10 of 19)
Pitigliano, Italy
By Nili Bassan
17 Apr 2013

Pitigliano,Italy.
Pitigliano also known as "Little Jerusalem".
Other points of similarity between the two cities, the small streets, the landscape and the light.

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Remnants of the Syrian army
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
16 Apr 2013

A flag of the Syrian regime is what remains after the FSA liberated the area after a big battle in the Great Umayya Mosque in the old city of Aleppo

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Antakia's destruction in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
10 Apr 2013

The photo portrays the big damage in "antakia market" in the Old City of Aleppo .

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Crowded Market
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
10 Apr 2013

"Souk al-madina," meaning the market of the city , is the most famous market in the Old City of Aleppo and one of the most damaged sites there .

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Destroying Aleppo's Heritage
Aleppo, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
05 Apr 2013

The Old City of Aleppo, located in Syria, carries historical significance since the 12th century. It is known as the historic city center of Aleppo. Historically, Aleppo had been part of diverse states such as the Roman Empire, the Umayyad Caliphate and the Ottoman Empire. So, it is needless to say that the history of Aleppo carries immense ethnic and religious diversity.

The area contains a large number of ancient buildings, mosques, churches, and madrasas.

It is also important to note that the ancient city of Aleppo was considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, due to its large old mansions, historic souks, and ancient caravansaries.

Unfortunately, most of the area has been destroyed, the history is found under the rubble, and the beauty of what once was has vanished.

Important monuments such as Souq al Madina were destroyed and burnt due to the major attack that was launched by the FSA in September 2012. Also, many other buildings and monuments have been destroyed as a result of the bomb that were dropped by the Syrian government aircrafts and the shells from the artillery.

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A space of hope
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

The historical market, "Souk Al-Attareen," was destroyed after the intense bombing in the Old City of Aleppo

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Destroyed Historical Mosque
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

The destroyed outer wall of the Umayyad Mosque in the Old City of Aleppo

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Commercial Road Towards War
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

"Souk al-Madina" is the most famous market in the Old City of Aleppo. An FSA military checkpoint is located at the end of the road.

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Pistachio Market
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

"Souk al-Fostuq," meaning "pistachio market", is one of the historical markets in the Old City of Aleppo . It was destroyed by the excessive bombing.

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Pistachio Sun
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
03 Apr 2013

A photo from "pistachio square" in the Old City of Aleppo that was previously bombed by the Syrian army.

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Door that leads to destruction
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
29 Mar 2013

Walls and rooftops next the rear wall of the Umayya Mosque were collapsed by rockets used by Assad's regime in the Old City of Aleppo.

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Covered souk in the old city of Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Yusuf mousa
28 Mar 2013

It was a covered souk built in 1180 AD, but the regime forces bombed the area during the excessive fighting in the city.

Souk Antakia , old city of Aleppo

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Aleppo (13 of 15)
Aleppo, Syria
By LeeHarper
19 Mar 2013

A Free Syrian Fighter from the Al Tawheed Brigade Katiba looks around the door for snipers in Old City, Aleppo. The fighting has become a stalemate in Aleppo where both sides have not gained ground.

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Surviving In A Ghost Town, Halep, Syr...
Aleppo, Syria
By Michele Pero
02 Dec 2012

Downtown Halep, quarters of Bustan al-Pasha and Sakhour, December 2012.
The town is partially controlled by the brigades of the Free Syria Army. Snipers, hidden in isolated buildings, necessitate a fast crossing through the large and open avenues. Some people try to continue their normal life downtown, still living in their houses, even if the majority have left for the refugee camps at the borders of the country.

MIGs and helicopters of the Bashar Al Assad regime are continuously releasing rockets and barrel-bombs over the buildings. A quick look at the sky, some strikes, the blast and gray smoke lifts not too far from where we are. Another building hit, some people wounded and injured will be soon added to the list.

Daily life in Halep is pretty scary. The regime is now releasing big barrels filled with explosives. They release these bombs over the town, anywhere they like. No targets are aimed. They throw them here and there. No one is safe in any shelter. Shelters actually don’t work. Halep is a very ancient town and buildings are very weak. In spite of that, some citizens are still keeping their homes there, still trying to lead a normal life, together with the rebels of the Free Syria Army which fight on two front lines: one against the regular forces of the regime, one other against the Kurdish minority which supports the regime. In the middle, the citizens of Halep, try to survive in a ghost town, partially destroyed, under the daily bombings of such madness.

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Aleppo old city (4 of 5)
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
20 Oct 2012

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks through the ruins of the old city of Aleppo.

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Remains of an old mosque in Aleppo
Syrai,Aleppo
By ameryaseen
21 Sep 2012

The remains of an old mosque in Aleppo, Qadi Askar, after being bombed.

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Men walk down the steps to Damascus G...
Jerusalem
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Palestinian Muslims flood to Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray in Jerusalem each Ramadan, coming from East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Drying laundry
Tunis,
By Sarah Mersch
26 Jul 2012

hang up on a window in the old city of Tunis