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 During the summers of 2015 and 2016 I have been taking part as a volunteer in project called " SKATEPAL", which aims to introduce skateboarding to the children of the West Bank, Palestine, by building skateparks, offering skateboards and teaching skateboarding.

 

 While I worked as a volunteer, giving skateboard lessons and travelling around to meet Palestinian skateboarders, I took the opportunity to capture the everyday lives of Palestinian children in photographs ... what do they do ?, what do they have to face under military occupation ?, and what could skateboard bring them ? .

 

 For skateboarders around the world , a skateboard is more than just a toy. It is a tool for self development, self confidence, perseverance and gives you the possibility to look at your surrounding as a playground. More than this skateboarding is a lifestyle made of sharing, travelling, discovering, having fun with your friends without barriers of class, "race", age and gender.

 

 40% of Palestinians are under the age of 15 and more than 50% of young people are struggling to find work. Cultural, educational and sporting opportunities offer a chance for young people to be involved productively in their community.

 

 With this short explanation it still becomes obvious what skateboarding can bring to children living in such a situation. 

 But most of all skateboarding for Palestinian youth is Resistance !  A message saying that no matter what "israel" can do, whatever wall they can put up ... they will keep on having fun, smiling and skateboarding ... they will keep on living, existing and resisting !

 

 

 

revolution's choices

Ramallah islamic club, Ramallah, 2015

Ramallah islamic club, Ramallah, 2015

peacefull protest, Bil´in, 2015

peacefull protest, Kafr Quaddum, 2016

Nablus city, 2016

Abo Ali walking through his land, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Zebabdeh skatepark, Zebabdeh, 2015

Abo Ali teaching, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Abo Ali, feeble grind, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Youssef and Djamila's father with his goats, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Asira skatepark, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

SOS village, Betlahem, 2015

checkpoint to Shuhada street, Al Khalil ("Hebron"), 2016

peacefull protesters running from tear gas and live ammunition, Kafr Quaddum, 2016

Kafr Quaddum, 2016

Abdullah, Qalqilya, 2016

Youssef, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Ramallah islamic club, Ramallah, 2015

civilian passage, Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus, 2016

Basma, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Asira skatepark, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Mohamad, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Jihad and adam sleeping lights on, Bil'in 2016

Yasser Arafat, Qalqilya, 2015

friday weekly peacefull protest, Nabi Saleh, 2015

Bil'in, 2016

Freedom for comrade Bilal Kayed, political prisonner on hunger strike, peacefull demonstration from PFLP and family, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

party for graduation, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Yasen family´s house, Bil´in, 2015

Faris and Tom getting new set up, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Abood, new board, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Ramallah isamic club, Ramallah, 2015

Ramallah islamic club, Ramallah, 2015

Djamila and the boys up for a skate sesh, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

Abdullah's home, Qalqilya, 2016

Al-amari refugee camp, Ramallah, 2015

peacefull protesters, Kafr Quaddum, 2016

peacefull protesters, Kafr Quaddum, 2016

apartheid wall Aida refugee camp, Betlahem, 2015

peacefull protesters throwing back tear gaz, Nabi saleh, 2015

Kafr Quaddum, 2016

Anes, Asira al Shamaliya, 2016

SOS village, skate aid skatepark, Betlahem, 2015