About the artist: Lev Cohen is a freshman majoring in Global Studies and Economics.
About the piece: These photos were taken in Morocco and Israel and represent a journalistic photography style with images of nature and everyday life in both countries. Click the title of each piece to read more.
Morning Reading, Old Jewish Quarter, Meknes, Morocco (April 7, 2022)
A man sits on the side of the street by his van reading in the late morning outside the old Jewish graveyard in the former Jewish Quarter of Meknes. The Jewish population of Morocco headed nearly 250,000 to 300,000 people. After World War Two, especially with the creation of Israel, Moroccan Jewry migrated enmasse to Israel after pogroms in Oujda and Jerada led to fear that the persecution of Jews in Morocco would soon come. Later in 1954 with Moroccan independence, Mohammed V granted the Jews of Morocco citizenship but with many restrictions on their freedoms, effectively rendering them second-class citizens. Now, the old Jewish Quarters remain empty.
The Leather Worker
Medina Tannery, Fes, Morocco (April 8, 2022)
Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel (December 25th, 2021)
A group of Haredi Jews surround a grave atop the Mount of Olives, the oldest Jewish graveyard in the world. The Mount of Olives is deeply important to all three Abrahamic religions and it is often a flashpoint for conflict due to its location in Jerusalem between the division of the East and West border.
The Valley Below
Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, (January 27th, 2022)
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