Born in Rome in 1978 Freelance photographer since 2008. In July 2009 he attended a Reportage Photography course at the London College of Communication. December 2009, degree in Master in Photojournalism at Contrasto Agency in Milan. He has worked in Bosnia Herzegovina developing several issues about the war aftermath. Actually he's working in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on a long term project. Mainly focused on projects with social and humanitarian aspects. He collaborated with NGOs such as CESVI, Caritas Italiana, La Carovana del sorriso, Vento di Terra. His works have been published on National Geographic Italia, Repubblica.it, Sky TG24, Foreign Policy, ABC News, Donna Moderna, Witness Journal, ZOOM, Internazionale, Al Jazeera, among others. Actually based in Rome Exhibitions: London - FOTO8 Summershow 2012 Stratford-upon-Avon - Royal Shakespeare Company - A World Elsewhere 2012 Awards: Premio Lucchetta 2012 - Finalist International Photography Awards 2012 - 3 Honorable Mentions Tumbhi's News Photography Contest 2012 - Winner Premio Internacional Revela 2013 & GEA Photowords - Finalist
362 international arms manufacturers and military personnel took part in the 10th Annual Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX) at the King Abdullah I Airbase near Amman in Jordan where they demonstrated their latest high-tech military industry equipment. High ranking military officers were present to buy and sell the latest weaponry. Aside from businessmen who attended the fair - one of the biggest in the world - to make good deals, many curious visitors came, mainly locals, excited to hold and point snipers and rifles, or to take a photo inside the cockpit of an helicopter. The exhibition began with a demonstration by the Jordanian Special Forces and the visit of the King of Jordan Abdullah II.
The sixth edition of the Annual Warrior Competition (AWC) was held in Amman, Jordan from April 30 to May 5. 37 teams of special forces from 19 countries competed against each other in a series of extreme combat-oriented events. The competition was held at the KASOTC (King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center ). The 25 square kilometers military training center, which cost 200 millions dollars USD, is one of the best reality-based training in the world. The center offers all types of facilities, both for military training, and for hospitality and leisure, and has been designed to offer training courses for special forces, anti-terrorist units and law enforcement agencies around the world. The sixth edition of the Annual Warrior Competition was organized by the Anglo-American company MissionX (which specializes in events for extreme military). Special forces teams from Palestine, Lebanon, the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Slovakia, Russia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan took part in the event. The China Snow Leopard Unit of the Chinese Peopleâ€™s Armed Police Force won for the second time in a row. The members of the Snow Leopard team were selected from a group of 65.000 qualified cops and trained for 6 months specifically for this event.
The Caliber 3 Academy in the West Bank area of Gush Etzyon has become a renowned training center for both professionals and amateurs alike, where people come from around the world to be trained in counter-terrorism techniques. On any given training day, the trainers at Caliber 3 are instructing Israeli citizens and tourists, adults and children, in emergency response tactics and “Krav Maga,” a self-defense system developed for military in Israel and Hungary that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training.
The company was founded by IDF Colonel Sharon Gat in 2002 Caliber 3 was founded by Sharon Gat, who is also the CEO. The academy is certified by Israel’s Ministry of Homeland Security, the Police Force, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and works closely with the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) as well. Despite the fact that the shooting ranges are filled with photo targets of Arab men wearing keffiyahs on their heads, Gat stresses that the training is not how to attack or provoke terrorists, but only protection. “Even if the targets are Arabs and they don't like Jews, we don't shoot people that are not intended to make a terrorist act.”
American and Russian tourists are among some of the many tourists who come to the academy looking for a different type of tourism than usual. Caliber 3 advertises this new tourism as “Commando Tourism,” where people can come train alongside seasoned veterans with real-life counterterrorism experience. The bullets are true but the participants seem to be having a lot of fun. One woman, Margo, came from New York with her young son Harry to learn self-defenses, while Mary from Fishers, Indiana, came with her entire family just for a good time during their vacation in Israel.
"They are mostly American and Russian Jews who have relatives or friends in the colonies," says Gat, continuing, “they want to understand what it means to live in a climate of war where you must defend 24/7 from the Palestinians."
The academy includes three shooting ranges, a dining room, a Krav Maga gym and a tactical training center. Caliber 3 is dedicated to Capt. Hagai Hayim Lev, a 24-year-old Israeli soldier killed in 2002 during a military operation in southern Gaza Strip.
Photos by Giuliano Camarda
The Arab al-Jahalin is the biggest bedouin community that lives in the West Bank Area called E-1, part of the Area C, where Israel retains control over security as well as planning and zoning, and holds strategic significance for further expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, approved by the last Israeli government even if they are considered illegal by International laws. Following the 1948 conflict, the majority of the Negev Bedouin were forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands in the Negev by the Israeli authorities. Clans from five of the Negev tribes subsequently moved to the West Bank and registered as refugees with UNRWA. Forced to abandon nomadism and become permanent, the Palestinian Bedouin living in the Jerusalem periphery are now in a very poor, dramatic and emergency situation. In the last 15 years the Bedouin communities have been subject to demolition, requisition of cattle, attacks by settlers, aimed to get away from the area. But despite this, the communities have shown determination and unbelievable resilience, who led the Israeli military authorities to draw up a "plan of relocation" so-called Nuweimeh Plan, which seeks to solve the â€�Bedouin problemâ€™ by relocating the approximately 2300 Bedouins of the E1-zone to a town named Nuweimeh near Jericho. The lands of Nuweimeh, however is unsuitable for the animals to graze, and in addition there is no job opportunities, which is why the Bedouins who already are settled there live almost solely on UN food parcels. By the other side, the Palestinian Authorities do not provide any significant support to these communities, which are considered as a second class population.
The Mikveh is one of the only gay bars in Jerusalem, where Orthodox Jews, Arabs, Palestinians and the LGBT community find a refuge without ethnic distinction and gender prejudices. Here they are free to express themselves for what they are. The drag queens are the principal characters of the place. Every Monday night, for a few hours, they make the audience forget all that is outside of this small club. In these last years, in West Jerusalem, a few steps from Jaffa Street and the old town, they have become a real tradition. Audience members come to watch renowned queens such as "Diva D,". Some attendees haven't missed a show for years. During past administrations, when the club was called "Shushan," the establishment underwent several firing attacks and threats to the owners, but it is a new era of tolerance in Jerusalem.
Mourners gather to mourn the victims of Srebrenica genocide at the Potocari memorial center during the burial ceremony.
A soldier of the Jordanian army tries the Javelin missile launcher at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
A woman sits inside the Beechcraft AT-6 attack aircraft.
View from above of the75.000 square meters area that hosts the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
Visitors in front of a bullet manufacturer showcase at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
An man holding a rifle at the North Eastern weapons stand.
King of Jordan Abdullah II visiting the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
A visitor posing for a photo while holding a Profense M134 Weapon System at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
Visitors in front of the Roketsan stand at the 10th Annual Warrior Exhibition in Amman.
Jordanian female soldiers in front of a CASA aircraft.
Prince Faysal bin Al Hussein trying a flight simulation system at the Arabian Defense Industries stand at the SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
A young woman pointing a SigSauer carbine at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
Prince of Jordan Faysal bin Al Hussein visiting the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
A Jordanian soldier tries a motion detection virtual reality system used to train special corps.
Two police officers walking on the tarmac of King Abdullah I Airbase that hosts the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
The Palestinian Police Forces stand at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
A soldier of the Chinese army tries a Steyr HS .50 M1 sniper.
A soldier of the Jordanian Army tries a handgun.
High ranking military officers from all the world came to visit the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
A young boy walks through the alleys of the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Mashal Mohammad Al Zaben, visiting the 10th annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
The U.S. pavilion at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
Members of the Angolan army visiting the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
A young woman sits on one of the Jordanian Police's motorcycles exhibited at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
An man stands in front of the MD 540A armed helicopter at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
A Jordanian soldier poses while holding a missile launcher.
A female soldier of the Jordanian army in the cockpit of a Black Hawk helicopter at the 10th Annual SOFEX Ehibition.
A member of the Jordan Special Operation Forces at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
An exhibitor showing the Beechcraft AT-6 attack aircraft to two members of the Jordanian Army at the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition in Amman.
Audience welcoming king of Jordan Abdullah II at the opening ceremony of the 10th Annual SOFEX Exhibition.
The Urban Area Zone at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center is a complete reconstruction of a town scenario made to simulate special forces operations in buildings or urban areas
Team member of the Pakistan Northern Light Infantry Light Commando Battalion during the "High Angle Drive By" trial at the 6th Annual Warrior Competition
Team members of Lebanese Armed Forces carrying a 90kg dummy during the "High Angle Drive by" trial at the 6th annual Warrior Competition
Team members of the Pakistan Northern Light Infantry Light Commando Battalion running at the finish line of the "Shock-n-Awe" trial during the 6th Annual Warrior Competition
China Snow Leopard Unit of the Chinese PAPF team celebrates his second victory in a row at the 6th Annual Warrior Competition
Team members of Saudi Arabia Royal Guards and Brigade 64 Special Forces during the award ceremony of the 6th Annual Warrior Competition
Team members of Lebanese Armed Forces exult at the end of the "High Angle Drive by" trial at the 6th annual Warrior Competition
An officer of the Palestinian Police Forces briefing his team after the opening ceremony of the 6th Annual Warrior Competition.
High Members of the Jordanian Army watching the opening ceremony of the 6th Annual Warrior Competition.
All the teams that participated in the 6th Annual Warrior Competition attending the opening ceremony. The plane in the background is a training module for hostage scenarios aboard an aircraft.