What does rake a conflict and turns it into a seemingly endless struggle?


Title Information

Photographs and texts by Meinrad Schade

1st edition

, 2018

Text in English, German, Arabic, Hebrew


188 pages, 76 color illustrations

24 x 19.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-808-9


In 2018, Israel marks the seventieth anniversary of statehood. Yet the events of 1948 are remembered very differently by the Palestinian people, who to this day carry the memory of the Naqba, the displacement of an estimated 750,000 Palestinians from their territories during the 1948 Palestine war. In the seven decades since, there has been no lasting agreement to sort out the volatile political and social situation in the region, which looks likely to remain for many years to come.

Unresolved is the most recent photo-essay by renowned Swiss documentary photographer Meinrad Schade. A continuation of his War Without War project, in which Schade documented the lingering, damaging marks of war on the former Soviet Union, Unresolved explores the obvious traces of conflict and the scars it leaves on both the people and landscapes in Israel, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, and the Gaza Strip. Yet even more importantly, Schade brings home to the reader the sometimes more hidden symbols that can be found in daily life and that are simultaneously result and catalyst of the struggle. The captions—in English, German, Hebrew, and Arabic—highlight historic and current aspects of the conflict and invite readers to view it from different perspectives.

A thoughtful and sensitive photographic series, Unresolved offers an intimate look at the lasting impact of the conflict on the anniversary of its onset.


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Authors & Editors

Meinrad Schade

, born 1968, graduated in biology from University of Zürich before his artistic education with a network of self-teaching photographers and the Swiss school of journalism MAZ in Lucerne. He lievs and works as a free-lance photographer in Switzerland since 2002 and has been awarded several prizes, including the Swiss Photo Award in 2011.

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April 12, 2013 – Ma’ale Adumim, West Bank: Ma’ale Adumim is the third largest settlement on the West Bank. Jewish settlements are easily recognizable also at night, because they are distinctly better lit than Palestinian villages and cities. Around 400,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank, a further 200,000 in annexed East Jerusalem. The United Nations (UN) considers all Jewish settlements in territories captured by Israel during the Six-Day War as illegal in accordance with the Fourth Geneva Convention.

January 21, 2014 – Jericho, West Bank: Students at Al-Istiqlal (“independent”) University during early morning drills. They are training for various jobs in the security field and preparing for an independent state. The graduates are employed by the Palestinian National Authority.

January 29, 2014 – Efrat, West Bank: Jewish settlers from Efrat at target practice on the Caliber 3 training grounds, close to their settlement. Caliber 3 is an Israeli anti-terror training site for, for instance, Israelis who work in security jobs or settlers. In recent years, these types of facilities have become tourist attractions. These settlers are participating in a security course. When asked what their motivation is, most say, “awareness.”

February 1, 2014 – near Latrun, Israel: A model of the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock in the Mini Israel amusement park. Presented here are roughly 350 places of interest in Israel at a scale of 1:25. The park is located west of Jerusalem, in a zone that was demilitarized until 1967, and fell under Israeli control after the Six-Day War. Israel considers these grounds as part of its state territory, the Palestinians see them as part of the former West Bank.

April 4, 2015 – Jenin, West Bank: A “Room in honor of the Martyrs” is set up at the community center around the time of the Memorial Day for the Battle of Jenin. The Battle of Jenin took place in April 2002 during the Second Intifada in the Jenin refugee camp. The Israel Defense Forces destroyed parts of the camp with the intention of combatting the frequent suicide bombings at the time. Between fifty-two and fifty-four Palestinians and twenty-three Israeli soldiers were killed. After the battle, Yasser Arafat spoke of “Jeningrad” with reference to Stalingrad.

December 5, 2015 – Aboud, West Bank: Palestinian women mourn Abed al-Rahman Barghouthi (26), who was shot by the Israel Defense Forces. According to the Israelis, Abed wanted to attack a soldier with a knife. According to the Palestinians, Abed was shot in cold blood and the Israelis subsequently placed a knife alongside his dead body. Knife attacks by Palestinians were a daily occurrence during this period, and as a rule, the attackers were shot on the spot.

December 6, 2015 – Beersheba, Israel: Dance performance with disabled war veterans in wheelchairs.

December 30, 2015 – Duma, West Bank: On 31 July 2015, radical Jewish settlers carried out an arson attack on two houses of the Palestinian Dawabsha family. An 18-month-old Palestinian boy was killed. His parents later succumbed to their injuries, leaving their four-year-old son as the only survivor. Private efforts exist to preserve the burnt down houses as a museum.

January 9, 2016 – Negev Desert, Israel: Training grounds of the Israeli air force; the army is one of the most modern in the world. Seventy percent of the Negev Desert are military training grounds.

April 22, 2017 – Jenin, West Bank: Living room of the Abu el-Hija family at the Jenin refugee camp. Depicted on the poster to the right is the son and martyr Hamza Abu el-Hija (1991–2014). Hamza died at the camp in a shootout with the Israel Defense Forces. He was supposedly a member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigade, the military wing of Hamas. The man with glasses and white beard on the poster to the left is Hamza’s father Jamal (*1959) who has been in prison since 2002.

May 1, 2017 – Jerusalem, Israel: Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, Yom Hazikaron at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl. One week before Yom Hazikaron is the Memorial Day for the Holocaust and Heroism, Yom HaShoah. Thus, one week of every year is influenced by mourning and contemplation, which then turn to pleasure overnight: The Day of Independence Yom Ha’atzmaut is celebrated on the day after Yom Hazikaron.

May 2, 2017 – near Halamish, West Bank: On Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, the army presents itself also in the areas of the Israeli settlers. In addition to a demonstration of weapons and tanks, medical corps soldiers show how to stop bleeding of a ruptured limb. The site of the presentation is close to the Jewish settlement Halamish and the Palestinian village Nabi Salih, which is known for its weekly protests against occupation and settlement.

May 13, 2017 – southeast of Kibbutz Snir, Golan Heights: Young Israeli in the ruins of the Syrian village Ain Fit. The village was destroyed in the Six-Day War.

June 12, 2017 – Army Base Tze'elim, near Kibbutz Tze'elim, Israel: The model Palestinian city Lashabiya is part of the Israel Defense Forces’ urban warfare training center. After the experiences of the Second Intifada and the Second Lebanon War, the army leadership demanded better training for fighting in clearly defined urban centers.

June 12, 2017 – Army Base Tze'elim, near Kibbutz Tze'elim, Israel: A Caterpillar D9 bulldozer during an exercise at night. The bulldozer, specially adapted for the needs of the Israel Defense Forces, is also intended for use in urban areas. Its plating protects against mines and booby traps. During the Second Intifada, it also served to level buildings, for example, during the battles in Jenin.


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