Through the Stations

Gabriela Gleizer explores Jerusalem’s cultural and religious diversity in a series of portraits shot between stations of The Light Train

Words by Gabriela Gleizer

Through the Stations documents people, by a journey through the different stations of The Light Train in Jerusalem, which is one of the main transportation methods in the city, passing through religious and nonreligious Jewish and Arab neighborhoods.

The project aims to explore and analyze the different cultures, religions and ethnic differences to which people belong, and try to understand in this way the complexity and diversity of the society in Jerusalem, which includes Israeli-born citizens, immigrants, Jewish/Muslim/Christian people and more.


Gabriela Gleizer photographs the residents of Katamonim – a Jewish neighbourhood in southwest Jerusalem

Words by Gabriela Gleizer

Katamonim is a Jewish neighbourhood in southwest Jerusalem, consisting of eight sub-neighborhoods and a population of 23,800.

The name “Katamon” is derived from the Greek κατὰ τῷ μοναστηρίῳ ("by the monastery"), but other versions say that the word came from the arabic word “Katma”, which means breaking - a hint of quarries in the area in which stones were broken and thrown into the buildings.

After the war of independence (1948) the arabs abandoned the area and new housing units began to be built for jewish immigrants, especially from North Africa, who arrived during the early years of the State of Israel (50’s).

In the neighborhood, two-floor buildings were built, and were publicly owned by public housing companies.

Till today, a large number of apartments are still owned by the housing companies, and they serve mostly a weak social-economic population, including many immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union.

In this four-month project, I wandered through the streets of the neighborhood while investigating the social and urban character of the neighborhood, through different days and hours.

I find interest in this neighborhood and in its history, residents who sometimes belong to disadvantaged populations or immigrants who find it difficult to be integrated in the local population.

Jerusalem Day

Gabriela Gleizer photographs the Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Israel’s capital

Words by Gabriela Gleizer

Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 six-day war, where lots of men lost their lives.

This day is celebrated with parades and The Jerusalem Day Flag March, led by predominantly religious Zionist teenagers decked in white and blue, the colours of the Israeli flag, singing and dancing in colourful costumes as they march from the centre of the new city to the Old City.

Along the controversy of this day, I focus on people that come to Jerusalem from different parts of the country to celebrate the holiday, along with locals and people working and securing the event.

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