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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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
18 Sep 2014

September 19, 2014.
Bethlehem checkpoint, Palestine

A Palestinian man taking part in the "Combatants for Peace" protest demanding an end to occupation, land seizures, and destruction of the wall.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September 18, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Ahmad Sokar, mayor of the village (center), and his assistant (left), are visiting Ibrahim (right), whose land is going to be seized.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Mara, 13, is looking at a Palestinian coin for the first time of her life.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

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

The farmers produce their own olives, olive oil and vegetables. But their way of life is endangered by the building of settlements around them.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September 18, 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine.

View of Wadi Fukin. On the roof of a house, two Palestinian girls look at the Green Line separating Israel from the West Bank.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

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

Mohamed, 7, is playing next to his school (in the background). Israel refused authorization to renovate the school. This part of the village is also often targeted with teargas.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

18 September 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine. Official letter to announce the villagers that their land is now "State land". The letter has been written in Hebrew and Arabic and has been pinned on every cardboard sign planted in the land. The farmers have 45 days to appeal the decision of seizure.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
18 Sep 2014

19 September 2014. Bethlehem checkpoint, Palestine. Israeli soldiers next to a young Israeli girl protesting against occupation in Palestine and using grey cardboard signs to represent the wall.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
18 Sep 2014

19 September 2014. Bethlehem checkpoint, Palestine. The Israelo-Palestinian association "Combatants for Peace" protesting against land seizure and asking for end of occupation. The wall is represented by several cardboard pieces, the white bird is the Palestine emprisoned.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

18 September 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine. Ahmad Sokar, the mayor of the village, is holding a map showing the latest land seizure (blue area).

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

18 September 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine.4 girls from the village are playing in the playground. The site is threatened with demolition because targeted by the last land seizure announcement.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

On every soon-to-be-seized land, the Israeli army has planted an official "State Land" yellow sign. All of the inhabitants extracted it and most of them destroyed it.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

17 September 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine. Ezzat El-Hroub found out that his land would be taken in a media statement. 41 dunams (about 10 acres) are about to be confiscated to him. In 1980, Israel took from him 21 dunams and blew up his house for terrorist activities. They later recognized "an error". Ezzat is here showing the article written by the American journalist Douglas Watson about the case.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

17 September 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine. The construction of a house has been stopped by the Israeli army.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

17 September 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine. A villager shows a photograph he took with his smartphone of all the teargas bombs thrown from the settlement to the school.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

17 September 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine. This is the cave where Hassan, 82, lives with his wife. He received a notice of eviction at the beginning of September so Israel can use the mountain to build new settlements. Hassan torn the paper.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

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

Hassan is 82 years old. In 1948, Israel took half of his land. He is now living in a cave with his wife. He says: "It is not enough to take our land, they also want our caves, they want everything. But it is our life". Israel actually wants the cave so it can build new settlements on the mountain.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

17 September 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine. Mohamed, 7, is kissing his father's land where they had planted olive trees six months ago. The Israeli army came and extracted them all. Mohamed's father, Mustafa, received in addition a bill of 168 shekels (about 46 American dollars) to pay for the trees extraction.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

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

This Israeli settlement just above the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin. The sewage water of the settlement discharges directly on land of the Palestinian farmers, ruining the harvest and natural springs.