Kibbutzim movement had started in early XXth century with setting up collective communities around the areas supposed to become the borders of the State of Israel. They were often romanticized as socialist enclaves strong emphasis on justice, equality and morality. But at the same time, living at the borderline had another meaning for these people and the state to be — they were the first to defend the border, and thus any member of these ideological communities had to be ready to fight any given moment.
However, nowadays the kibbutz code of conduct changed, not to say almost vanished. Current generation living there is approximately the last one still saying they live in a kibbutz. The collective structure fails to work in the same way as Communism did. The newcomers move to Gaza border in pursuit for a cheaper place in the beautiful nature, but as a downside, they have to live expecting rockets to
fall on them at any given moment and be trained to be able to reach the shelter in 15 seconds when the alarm goes off. At the same time, these communities are far from the ordinary perception of the war-torn/aftermath society — they have museums and even the zoos in the settlements, and on a peaceful day it’s only kindergartens covered with layers of concrete that suggest the presence of danger. While the majority of photographers from all over the world concentrate on covering Palestine and Palestinians, or — when covering the Israeli side, show soldiers, my pursuit to show only civilian life is an attempt for visual mapping of both conflict sides. What is going on in Gaza cannot be fully understood without understanding also of the Israeli realities.