A short break from the war to visit the remains of a past, bigger, war. The beaches of Normandy combine natural beauty and peacefulness with an eery sense of a destructive past. Something about the beautiful light shining through black clouds on the grey concrete leftovers on the beaches recognized with D-Day, left me absolutely charmed and wanting more.
- Utah Beach, Normandy, France, August 11, 2014. Photo by Hadas Parush.
Israeli soldiers eat watermelon from the truckload they had received from Israeli supporters, in a gathering point of ground forces near the Israeli border with Gaza, on July 25, 2014. Operation “Protective Edge” has now entered it’s 19th day, and a week into the ground invasion to Gaza. New US-led initiatives for a temporary ceasefire are on the table, while the Israeli cabinet continues to discuss expanding the ground operation against Hamas’ rockets, tunnels, and infrastructure.
IDF soldiers conduct training in a field near the border with Gaza in Southern Israel, on July 22, 2014. Thirty seven Israeli soldiers have been killed in action since the ground invasion to Gaza, while the Palestinian death toll rose to 890 since the start of the operation. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
Sister of the late Golani soldier, Moshe Malko, is held by other family relatives as she cries over the fresh grave of her son, at the Har Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, on July 21, 2014. Staff Sgt. Moshe Malko, 20, from Jerusalem, was killed yesterday before dawn during combat in the Gaza Strip. At least 97 Palestinians and 20 Israeli soldiers were killed yesterday as Israel ramped up a major military offensive in the bloodiest single day in Gaza in a few years. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90
Grandmother of the late Sergeant Benaya Rubel seen crying over his coffin, ahead of the funeral procession at the Holon Military Cemetery on July 20, 2014. 20-year-old Rubel was a paratrooper and was killed yesterday during clashes with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, on the second day of the IDF ground invasion and the 12th day of Operation Protective Edge. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
IDF forces seen gathering near the border with Gaza in Southern Israel on July 18, 2014, after Israeli forces began a ground invasion to the Northern Gaza Strip, in an escalation of the operation as it enters its 11th day. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
An Israeli man seen covering his young son to keep him safe after pulling over on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv route 1 highway, at the sound of the Code Red siren warning of incoming rockets, on July 17, 2014, as Israel’s military operation Protective Edge entered its 10th day. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
An Israeli soldier walks past an artillery cannon just as it fires a shell to the Gaza Strip from a temporary base set up near the border, in Southern Israel, July 14, 2014. Israel’s military Operation Protective Edge has entered its 7th day, with strikes rising to over 1,000 targets in Gaza, and over 600 Gaza rockets fired to southern and central Israel. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
A young Israeli girl slides in a playground outside a bomb shelter that also functions as a children’s summer club in the Southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi, July 14, 2014. As Code Red sirens are sounded on and off warning of incoming rockets across southern Israel, most children are spending their summer holidays in or near a shelter. Israel’s military Operation Protective Edge has entered its 7th day, with strikes rising to over 1,000 targets in Gaza, and over 600 Gazan rockets fired to southern and central Israel. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
Israelis sit and pray together inside a street shelter, in anticipation of the Code Red siren alerting of incoming rockets, in the Southern Israeli town of Nitzan, on the fourth day of Operation Protective Edge, July 11, 2014. As Code Red Sirens are sounded on and off throughout the southern cities warning of incoming rockets, most people either stay at home, near a shelter, or leave for the North. Nitzan is inhabited by Jews who had been evacuated from the Gaza settlements in 2005. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90