Night Raid in Bil’in

Opening Reception

Friday, September 30, 6-8 p.m.
Night Raid in Bil'in
A collection of photographic night raid images was exhibited at Gallery Al-Quds September 30- October 14, 2016 providing a context for Israeli military night raids regularly performed in the village of Bil’in in the West Bank. The American Friends Service Committee initiated and produced Night Raid collaboration with the “Israeli Detention: No Way to Treat a Child Campaign.” Photojournalist Richard Cahan curated the exhibition.

Raed Jarrar, of the DC-based Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, American Friends Service Committee, spoke at the reception.
“I conducted a photographic night raid in 2013,” said Rich Cahan, photographer of the Night Raid exhibition. “Armed with a camera, I walked down the dark, winding streets of Bil’in in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, knocked on doors late at night and asked residents to stand for a picture near or by their homes. Despite language differences, most agreed. These are the people I saw.”

Concerned by the impact that Israeli army night raids have on Palestinian communities, Cahan decided to make his own photographic “Night Raid.” The sixteen photographs are comprised primarily of people standing in their doorways in the West Bank village of Bi’lin, a village featured in the Oscar nominated documentary Five Broken Cameras. The photos are accompanied by text of a talk given by legal expert Gerard Horton, of Military Court Watch.  The exhibit also includes two photos of actual army night raids contributed by Hamde Abu Ramha.

In the following video, Gallery Al-Quds Curator, Dagmar Painter, discusses the exhibition. 


Night Raid will be continuing on to other locations throughout the United States. For more information about the exhibition, please click here.  

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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Exhibition continues September 30—October 14, 2016