PMB photographer to ‘witness, engage, and change’ in Israel New two deck headline here please

2016-04-20 06:00
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DANTE Kemp, a Pietermaritzburg photographer, has been selected as a human rights activist in Israel, one of the most contested lands in the world, for three months and will be documenting the life of Israeli and Palestinian people through his photography.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Kemp said he has been interested in Israel from an early age.

“Israel and the attributes it represents have been a wonder to the world over. Choosing Israel is a spiritual journey in understanding my relationship with God and discovering the stories behind the Bible as well as understanding the conflict there,” he said.

During his time there Kemp will engage with Israeli Christians, Jews, and Palestinians in an attempt to understand the reality of apartheid in the country.

The humanitarian programme is part of the world Council of Churches bringing internationals to the country and, since 2002, has had over 1 500 volunteers visiting the shores as ecumenical accompaniers (EA).

As an EA, Kemp will be traveling around on foot and the provided transportation through the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

“At present I have no idea where we will be staying. We arrive in Tel Aviv and will be briefed of what is expected of us. I imagine we will be in a settlement with members from all over the world moving through both rural and urban parts of the country.”

He added he is not sure what to expect during his trip but is excited about his adventure.

“I only know what the media has shown, but I am excited about the work to come and the impact of that work. I am looking forward to learning their customs and way of life and exposing that back home, but I also want to share the story of South Africa with them. My concern while in Israel is not about the possibility of getting killed, maimed, or kidnapped - my biggest concern is getting my equipment confiscated,” said Kemp.

The purpose of his campaign will be to “witness, engage, and change”, and the monitoring of human rights violations, standing with local peace and human rights groups, and most importantly, be impartial towards both cultures.

Kemp is attending an induction programme in Johannesburg. He leaves for Israel on 27 April where he will meet the other members from around 21 countries. He returns on 27 July.

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