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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 19, 2013 PAGE 13A I Israeli travel photographer has front-row seat in history Gail Tibbon A senior priest of the tiny ancient Samaritan sect holds a Torah during the pilgrimage for the holiday of Tabernacles (Sukkot). ByAbigail Klein Leichman ISRAEL21c Snapling pictures of peo- ple practicing centuries-old faith traditions in her native Jerusalem makes award-win- ning Israeli photojournalist Gali Tibbon feel like a time traveler. "Every stone you step on has so much history, and if you have imagination your brain can fly," Tibbon tells ISRAEL21c after returning from London with the title of Sony World Photography Awards Travel Photographer of the Year. Her winning series, "Jour- ney to Jerusalem of Af- rica--Lalibela, Ethiopia," resulted from conversations with Ethiopian pilgrims and priests walking those history- soaked stones in Israel&apos;s capital city. Tibbon learned that in the 12th century, Muslim rulers banned pilgrims from Jerusalem. So the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, one of the oldest Christian sects, built their own local version of the holy city. Every year on Christmas, pilgrims still gather in the 11 churches of "Black Jeru- salem" that were carved out of monolithic rock during the 25-year reign of King Lalibela--"with, as legend has it, more than a little help from the angels." Tibbon documented the pilgrimage over four trips to Lalibela, which takes two and a half days to reach by car from the airport in Ad- dis Ababa. "Lalibela was soul photog- raphy for me," she says. The tiny highland s vil- lage annually hosts between 30,000 and 60,000 pilgrims. Some people had trekked for 45 days, carrying only walk- ing sticks and sacks of grain and basic garments. "They walk and meet oth- ers, camp out at night and continue walking by day to make it on time for the pilgrimage. It was almost biblical;' says Tibbon. Her other internation- Michel Stors The Media Line Gail Tibbon Light catches a crucifix in a church in Lalibela, as an Ethiopian pilgrim stands at the entrance. Maya Hasson Gali Tibbon in Jerusalem. ally published and exhibited images include bptism in the Jordan River, Christian rituals in Jerusalem and Sa- maritan rites on the biblical. Mount Gerizim. She has been featured in the documentaries "Beyond Assignment" and "Mirrors of War" ("Trompe I'oeil"), hav- ing covered violent clashes, bombings, funerals and demonstrations in the course of her career. "Photojournalism may the end of the day there is a lot of politics and handshaking," she says. "So I always try to have a project of my own that I am passionate about. That balances my life." Born in 1973, Tibbon was 14 when she came across LIFE magazine's 1956 The Year in Pictures in the li- brary of her late grandfather, Shabtai Negbi. "He was a deputy mayor in Jerusalem and an engineer and a frustrated photogra- pher," she relates. "He had great books of classic pho- tography. I remember see- ing those incredible grainy black-and-white pictures. I didn't know a camera could do that." In a photography course at the Israel Museum, she learned how to process and print film in a darkroom. Before long, the ninth-grader had acquired print paper, chemicals and film for her first camera, a Canon ALl seem very glamorous, but afi that she still owns. Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt vows to bring Morsi 00,tck Ahmad Kamal took a mo- ment to wipe the sweat from his forehead. The searing summer heat was taking its toll on the 31 year old's stamina. The obligatory fast from dawn to dusk pious Muslims observe during the month of Ramadan further weighed him down. "Our president was legiti- mately elected," the mechani- cal engineer exclaimed as his passion spurred on a momen- tary burst of strength. Around him at the Raba'a al-Adaw iyya mosque a crowd of men nod- ded in agreement. Though the Egyptian mili- tary has deposed President Mohamed Morsi and key figures of his Muslim Brother- hood party, Morsi's millions of supporters are not passively accepting the coup as a fait accompli. They are adamant they will restore him to power by peaceful means, and vow to remain at the Raba'a al- Adawiyya mosque in Nasser City until Morsi returns to office. Around the mosque, tents have sprouted up to protect protesters from the heat. The mats underneath pro- vide comfort from the hard earth. Children hawk every- thing from laser pointers to horns. The streets around the mosque have a carnival atmosphere to them. But inside the mosque's courtyard where .the few Brotherhood officials who ing line. Even his closest attacks," explains 56year old have not been swept up in the wave of arrests plot their daily strategies, the mood is much more serious. "The military and the former regime (of Presi- dent Hosni Mubarak) have stripped us of the power the voters gave us at the baltot box," complains Mohamed al-Batlagy, Secretary General of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party to The Media Line. "Only the people can do this. Ahd as you see from the millions who are here, they have not made this choice. It is likely that Baltagy and his Brotherhood associ- ates understand that their campaign is unlikely to suc- ceed. The crowds who have migrated to Nasser City are unwilling to countenance such an outcome. "We will not leave until Morsi returns to the (presi- dential) palace," asserts 43 year old merchant Safwat Asad. "There is no power which can remove us from here." The current crisis in Egypt started with a call for people to gather in Tahrir Square to protest the one-year anniver- sary of Morsi's rule, and ended with a military coup ousting him from office. President Morsi's blunders angered many Egyptians. From ram- ming through constitutional amendments to trying to remove Mubarak supporters from their government posts, Morsi took an uncompromis- advisers were vexed by his inability to cooperate with opposition forces according to a Western diplomat in touch with senior Brotherhood of- ficials. Morsi's street supporters claim his biggest mistake was makingtoo many concessions to his opponents. "They took advantage of his generosity," says 39 year old dentist Salim Magdi. "He should have been more forceful with them." The use of force is one _tool the protesters say they will avoid at all costs. "We are here peacefully," al-Baltagy says, "We will not raise our arms against another Egyptian." Despite his pledges, the army and the state media have em- barked on a smear campaign against the Brotherhood, claiming it is planning a campaign of violence. Televi- sion stations and newspapers denounced the organization for attacking the Presidential Guard barracks where Morsi is believed to be held. But the facts belie their claims. Earlier this week, soldiers opened fireon Broth- erhood supporters during the morning prayers. State media released blurry pictures of men holding what it said were guns and other assorted weapons, though little could be made out from the poor quality of the images. Broth- erhood opponents though have taken the bait. "The Brotherhood is going to start carrying out terrorist electrician Mohamed Gundi. "Look at what they did at the Presidential Guard. This is what these people do  they are violent." Though the military and other powerful state institu- tions are aligned against the Brotherhood, the protesters refuse to leave Nasser City until Morsi returns to power. / Gail Tibbon A Maoripilgrim from New Zealandpreparing to be baptized in the Jordan River in Israel. Living near the prime min- ister's residence gave Tibbon plenty of opportunity to try out her future trade. "There were always demonstrations there,'with police blocking the road. Most people would turn away, but I had the opposite instinct to go and figure out what was going on," says Tibbon. "Photojournalism is like having a front-row seat in history. It's not just a per- sonal experience. I want to document and transmit it all." She studied for three years at the Jerusalem School of Photography, and was ac- cepted among thousands of applicants to the Eddie Ad- ams photography workshop in New York City. There was no question she would return to Jerusalem. "Jerusalem is not only a center of political tension; it's the cradle of faith for three religions, and I spend a lot of time in the Old City." She lives with her photographer partner just 20 minutes away by foot. However, she constantly travels to catch the action in far-flung locales--an Ortho- dox Christian pilgrimage in Poland, a Gypsy pilgrimage in Southern France and Kumbh Mela in India, where about 80 million Hindu pilgrims gather over 55 days in the largest peaceful gathering on earth. "Journey to Jerusalem of Africa--Lalibela, Ethiopia" was chosen for the Sony award from 122,000 submis- sions from 170 countries, a testament to Tibbon's excep- tional skill. A daily swimmer, avid dancer and sometime half- marathon runner, Tibbon says she had no trouble communicating with her easygoing Ethiopian subjects in word and gesture. "Amharic is a Semitic language, and many verbs and nouns are similar to He- brew," she explains. "I am also one of those people who has the ability to communicate without language. When you come with good will, people can sense it." 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