Vinciane Jacquet Vinciane Jacquet

Vinciane Jacquet is a French freelance journalist and photojournalist. Graduated in Communication and International Public Law, Human Rights defender, she stands up for freedom of expression in all its forms, in every place, for everyone. After 2 years working as a lawyer in intellectual property and communication law, she decides to engage in journalism. After a short time in Canada as an art and culture journalist and communication officer, she moves to Cairo, Egypt, where she is still based as a freelancer and also as an editor for the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram Hebdo. In April 2014, she is among the top 10 finalists of the Freedom House contest, "Images of Repression and Freedom".

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Egypt and Harassment: Meet Those who ...
Cairo
By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Oct 2014

In Egypt, sexual harassment is a plague. Ninety nine per cent of Egyptian women say they have experienced sexual harassment and 97% say men have lewdly touched them without permission. At least 250 cases of “mass sexual rape and mass sexual assault” occurred between late 2012 and January of 2014.
Several anti harassment organizations have been formed since the 2011 revolution, all run by volunteers.
Here are two days spent with Imprint Movement (Basma) and Dad El Taharosh ("against Harassment") Movement. As large gatherings increase so do the numbers of sexual assaults. the volunteers patrolled during Eid in Talaat Harb square (downtown Cairo, Egypt) and the surrounding streets  to sensitize people to the problem of harassment, and to prevent and stop it.

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Palestine: When a School is Illegal
Khan al-Ahmar
By Vinciane Jacquet
14 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan al Ahmar, West Bank, Palestine

The Khan al-Ahmar School serves the children of the Jahalin Bedouin community in the West Bank and has been declared illegal by Israeli authorities. It is now facing possible demolition. Built in 2009, the school was constructed with mud and tires due to a lack of funds and an Israeli law that bans Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank from building structures made of cement. The children now attend school in poorly equipped classrooms with no heating, leaking ceilings, and little electricity. However, it is possible that even this primitive learning environment could be snatched from them at a moment's notice. Over 140 students are currently enrolled in the school. The nearest alternative school is located about 45 minutes away by car. The school's imminent demolition is part of a plan by Israeli authorities to displace the Jahalin Bedouin living in "Area C" of the occupied West Bank. The Khan Al-Ahmar School and Bedouin community is located in the Jerusalem periphery, between the Israeli settlements of Ma'ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim. While the Jahalin Bedouin have a longstanding presence in this area (they settled in the area in 1948, after being evicted by Israel from their lands in the Negev desert), the community and school present an obstacle to Israel's planned settlement expansion and construction of the separation barrier. The community lives with the constant threat of displacement. Every year, the school administration goes to court in order to postpone the planned demolition of the school. This year they were lucky and the court sided with them. However, the order still stands and next year they may not be so lucky.

Tents and Tombstones: Bedouins in Isr...
Al-Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
10 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014
al-Araqib, Israel

Al Araqib is one of the 46 Bedouin villages in the Negev desert that the state of Israel refuses to recognize. The residents of the village, both past and present, inherited these lands from their fathers and grandfathers. Harassment from the Israeli Army and vigilanties has become commonplace for the Araqib Bedouin. The harassment dates back to 1948, when a gang of Zionist militants rounded up 14 Bedouin men working in a field in al-Araqib and summarily executed them. Since 1948, homes and properties in al-Araqib have been regularly destroyed and stolen. On July 27th, 2010, the village was totally demolished. Since then, the village has been re-built and destroyed 33 times. However, many residents were unable to stay and moved to the recognized village of Rahat. Those who did choose to stay are confined to the area of the Al-Turi cemetary and have been living under harsh conditions, always scared of an unexpected visit from the soldiers.

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Erasing Palestine: Historic Village N...
Lifta
By Vinciane Jacquet
23 Sep 2014

September 7-19, 2014
Lifta, West Bank, Palestine

The last remaining deserted, pre-1948 Palestinian village in Israel is now facing possible destruction. Located on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the village of Lifta is now an empty collection of old stone houses falling into neglect. For the past 20 years, the Israeli government has been pushing to destroy the remaining buildings to make room for new luxury homes, hotels, a shopping mall, and a recreation park. The courts have rejected governmental requests to build, but the construction of a new railway line running through the village has many thinking that the end is near. In the meantime, local Israeli Jews use Lifta as a picnic spot and swim in its ancient spring. For the few surviving Palestinians who were born in Lifta, visiting their former village brings about a mix of emotions: nostalgia for an idyllic childhood spent amongst the olive groves, and bitterness at the destruction and appropriation of their home and heritage.

Lifta's inhabitants were systematically expelled by Israeli forces between 1947 and 1948. After the residents were expelled, Jewish immigrants, mostly from Yemen, moved into the empty homes. After the 6-Day War in 1967, the Israeli government offered the Jewish residents of Lifta new homes in Jerusalem. The residents happily accepted the offer and blew up the roofs of Lifta's houses before they left to ensure that no one would return to the village.

The Palestinian villages inside present day Israel which were deserted in 1948 have been largely erased from the map. While Israel still retains around 1 million Palestinian residents, many fear that the destruction of Lifta would erase, once and for all, the memory of those Palestinians who once inhabited much of present day Israel, but lost their homes when the state was created.

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"State Land"- Fresh Territory Seizure...
Bethlehem
By Vinciane Jacquet
20 Sep 2014

September 16-19, 2014
West Bank, Palestine

At the end of August, 2014 Israel seized nearly 1000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank in order to make room for new Jewish settlements. The residents of the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin, which is located on the seized land, were delivered eviction notices and had some of their farmlands destroyed, all with the purpose of having them abandon their village. The villagers have refused to leave and now face a lengthy struggle to stay on their land.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

The straw and mud structure of the school is not solid. Inside the classrooms, the walls have been starting to fall apart.

While lack of funds is one reason for the poor structure of the school, the other major factor is an Israeli law banning the use of cement for construction by Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank. The school is located in Area C, which is the part of the West Bank under total Israeli military control.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Every time it rains, the classrooms get wet and humid, and the water leaks into where the students sit. There is also no heater for the cold winter of the desert.

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

Araqib is 2 years old and a half. She is the youngest inhabitant of the graveyard of Al Araqib. She has been named after the village.

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

The three youngest children of Al Araqib from left to right: Araqib (2 1/2), Mohamed (14) and Khaled (12). Mohamed and Khaled go by foot to school everyday in the recognized Bedouin village of Rahat.

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

On July 12th, 2014, after the Israeli army came and destroyed everything around the graveyard, they set up a military zone in the Negev, not far from Al Araqib. Police and army were present 24/7.

In September, the police left. Aziz, the chief of the village describes the current situation:

"They still come from time to time, look at what's happening and leave. Sometimes, they destroy something, took our clothes, blankets, carpets and any personal belonging."

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

In June 2014, the two families that are still living in Al Araqib decided to move into the graveyard. Before that, they actually lived next to it, but the army came anyway and destroyed everything they could. However, according to Aziz, the chief of the family, "the graves are like a border. The police don't intervene".

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

The cemetery area of Al Turi is empty of animals. The Bedouins there only own 3 horses and a few ducks and chickens. They used to have sheep and camels. The sheep have been killed and the camels confiscated. Once, a camel caused a car accident. Since then, as soon as the soldiers see a camel in the desert, they take it and bring it to a "camel farm" that they have opened. They keep the camel there one month and send us the bill for the food and care. If we cannot pay after this month, the camel is lost forever. And they then sell us the camel milk that we love so much.

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

Sally:

"Before Israel chased us away, we worked, cultivated our land, had sheep, chickens, vegetables, trees. Our home was very simple, but we had everything, including a kitchen and toilets. Today we have nothing, we cannot take a shower everyday. They made the area and our homes illegal. Because Israel says our way of life is not normal. I asked [the Israelis], how can I make my home legal? [They had] no answer."

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

The entrance of Al Turi cemetary in Al Araqib. 22 families used to live here. Since July 27th, 2010, the " Black Day" as the Bedouins call it, only 12 people are still living in Al Araqib, confined in the graveyard. The "Black Day" is the day where the village was totally demolished by the Israeli army. They came at 4am, destroyed 65 houses, uprooted 4.500 olive trees and 700 fruit trees and killed dozens of chickens.

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

Maryam is the dean of Al Araqib. She has suffered all kinds of harassment since 1948 at the hands of the Israeli army and various Zionist gangs. In her lifetime, Israeli authorities or vigilanties have destroyed or vandalized her home and land more than 70 times (33 of those raids took place after 2010).

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

Saba plays with her daughter Araqib before she begins cooking dinner. Saba says: "I do nothing during the day except watching to see if the police or soldiers are coming so I can hide everything that wouldn't be already hidden among the graves".

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

The last time the army came to Al Araqib's cemetery was October 14, 2014. They took fridges and cars. Now the men live under the trees and sleep in the 2 cars that are left.

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

Saba lives in the graveyard with her husband, daughter, brothers, sisters, and grand-mother. Everyday, she hides all of their belongings among the graves to prevent the soldiers from confiscating them. Then, when night comes, she goes to take the carpets and blankets so the family can sleep.

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

The men of Al Araqib pray. They say they want a normal life, and they just want to make their area beautiful. "The government just wants to gather the maximum of Arabs in the minimum of land. But we have our history here. We won't leave".

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

Aziz, chief of the village (center):

"When the Israeli government started, in 1997, the new ministry 'Department of Negev and Galilee', headed by Shimon Peres, we thought that maybe the situation would change because Peres was a Nobel prize man. However instead, every year, from 1999 and until 2003, they sprayed us with Round Up weed killer. [They killed] the grass and over 200 sheep, 16 Arab horses and 2 camels. They want to kill the relationship between the Bedouins and the land".

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Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
11 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014. Al Araqib, Israel.

Sally is the wife of the mayor. Gathered in the plastic tarp are all of their belongings, included cooking utensils and a little bit of food, like canned tuna.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September 16, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel

Jalal was born in Lifta. When he was 12, he had to leave the village with his family. He lived in the upper part of Lifta. His childhood home was demolished a long time ago to make room for an administrative building instead. He used to take his boys to Lifta, "to let them know it is their land". He says, "We have the right to be there. It is my land. It is not fair to bring other people from all over the world to my home. I want the right to return". The village of Lifta is situated in a rugged valley and is difficult to access. Therefore, Jalal cannot visit the village anymore.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Partial view of Lifta from an old house surrounded by barbed wire. The municipal council of Jerusalem said the barbed wire is a safety precaution used to keep people from entering what is said to be the unstable structure of the house.

However, some Palestinians feel the barbed wire is used to keep people from visiting the old houses.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A stone from the doorframe has been removed from one of Lifta's old houses. Regardless of the Israeli government's plan to demolish the village, Lifta is still endangered because people come to steal pieces of stone and floor tiles that are too expensive on the market.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 16, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Marina El-Ghoul is a Palestinian from Gaza. Her family fled when she was 2 and she has been raised in the United States. She is about to go to Gaza again for the fist time to work there as an emergency responser. When she heard about the story of Lifta, she came down to the village and posed for a photograph to support the right to return. Written arabic on the wall: "Lifta is ours. We will come back".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 16, 2014
Lifta, Israel

The entrance of one of the two old schools in Lifta. Now, people come to the village to cool down and often use the schools to have a barbecue. The remnants of charcoal from a barbecue can be seen on the right.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September, 18, 2014
Lifta, Israel

View of the lower part of the village.

Lifta was an important strategic location for the Israelis because it was the western gate to Jerusalem. Israel started to expel Lifta's inhabitants in November 1947 by first threatening the inhabitants. The women and children fled, while the men remained. The village was then attacked by Israeli forces during the 1948 war and the rest of the men were either killed, arrested, or expelled.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September, 18, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Yacoub Odeh lived with his family in Lifta. His home is still there. The roof of his home was completely blown up by the Israeli Army in 1969, and the remains of the house are visible in the background, immediately to Yacoub's right.

He remembers a childhood of gardens, olive groves, and races with the other children to arrive first at school in the upper part of the village.

In 1967, he was arrested for "resistance" and spent 17 years in jail. The Israeli army destroyed his house as punishment.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September, 18, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Construction of a new project has already begun at the bottom of the village. Officially, authorization has not been given by the courts to demolish the village. However, it has been said that the construction is part of a new railway line between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. Some say that the new railway will not affect Lifta, while others are not so sure.

The Israeli government has been battling with the courts to destroy the village for the past 20 years in order to make way for new luxury hotels, housing units, a shopping mall, a museum and a recreation park.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

One of the four olive presses used by the Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta. The family probably lived on the second floor.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Before 1948, the village of Lifta had 500 houses with about 3.000 inhabitants. Half of them were in the upper part of the village, the other half in the lower part, which still remains. The upper part has already been demolished. On the left, the center, and the right of the photograph, three old houses from the former upper part of Lifta are still visible.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Ilan Shtayer is an Israeli Jew. He is a member of the association "Save Lifta" and fights for the preservation of the village. He is also a former fighter in the Israeli army and is now a member of "Combatants for Peace", an Israeli-Palestinian organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who demand an end to the occupation of Palestinian land.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In 1948, Jewish people, mostly from Yemen, arrived in Lifta to live in the Palestinian village. After leaving their lives in the countries of origin, they were disappointed with what they found in Lifta; a small, remote village, with little infrastructure.

At the end of 1964, when they saw Asheknazi Jews (Jews of European descent) living in nice "luxury" houses, the Jews of Lifta protested. In 1965, the government provided them with housing in Jerusalem. They were so happy to leave the village that they blew up the roofs of every house to ensure nobody will ever return.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In the village, "Palestine" written in Arabic on the leaf of a prickly pear tree.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

An Israeli family enjoys a picnic in Lifta. When asked, they do not know about the story of the village. Only the youngest daughter, who did not want to appear in the photograph, mentioned that it was a Palestinian village. She said that the Palestinian people had to leave in order to give their homes to Jewish people, and that they are now asking for the right to return. Baffled by the story the mother asked, "But why can't they return?".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In one of the remaining houses of Lifta, a young Israeli woman comes to have a picnic. She knows nothing about the village's story. On the wall, written in Arabic is the slogan, "Lifta is ours, we will come back".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A legend says that in the 1970's, Israeli art students rushed to the village because they had heard that the government was about to give it houses away for a very cheap price in order to turn it into an artists colony. Each student chose a house and painted his or her name on the wall outside. Here then name 'Gershtein', is written in big black letters, along with the date the date (here 30.05.7), and the word 'taken' to the left of date. The national archives are not accessible regarding this issue, so it is impossible to find out if the story has some truth to it or not.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

On a sign giving directions to the village, the Arabic writing of "Lifta" has scratched out of the sign.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

The natural spring of the village is now a place where youth come to bath. Most of people who come to Lifta to enjoy the spring or the peaceful environment are Israeli. Here, a young Palestinian relaxes alone on the edge of the water.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A verse from a poem by Palestnian poet Mahmoud Darwish graffitied on a wall inside one of the old homes in Lifta. The verse reads, "This land deserves life."

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In 1959, Israel considered Lifta a "national reserve". Since 1967, the Israeli army has been using the village for military exercises because the environment and rough, hilly terrain are similar to Lebanon. This also contributes to the continuing damage done to the village.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Young Israelis bathing in the former spring of Lifta.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Mohamed and his father Mustafa on their land. Israel cut down all of their olive trees, but they still find reason to love and laugh.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
18 Sep 2014

September 19, 2014
Bethlehem checkpoint, Palestine

The Israeli-Palestinian association "Combatants for Peace" marches near the separation wall in protest of the occupation. The white bird represents Palestine as a prisoner.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
18 Sep 2014

September 19, 2014
Bethlehem checkpoint, Palestine

The anti-occupation, anti-land seizure protest organized by the "Combatants for Peace" organization is followed by a military car.