An exclusive interview with ORNA NAOR
Lens Magazine|December 2021
Orna Naor is a Street Photographer, a lecturer, and one of the main photojournalist activists at the Israeli protests "Siege of Balfour" against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
JOSÉ JEULAND
In her special series of documenting the demonstrations, Orna focuses mainly on the social aspect, human rights, and Israeli society conditions. Her street photography is shown in brick and mortar galleries in Israel and abroad, including the Local Testimony Photojournalism exhibition and various Street Photography groups over the Net. In some of them, she is an admin. Naor has a unique and creative way of approaching street photography. She focuses on human moments, on emotions, and on creating her own story. Her work was published in various street photography books and magazines, including WePhoto Street, World Street Photography 2015, MonoPix, We Street, Art Market Magazine Gold List, and the International Lens Magazine.

Lens Magazine: Thank you, Orna, for this interview. First, We would like to mention that your work has been featured in the past issues of Lens Magazines; we have featured several articles about your street photography work, projects that were taken in several locations around the world. Still, in this interview, we would like to focus on your activity in Israel. You became a strong activist at the Israeli demonstrations and protest against the Israeli government under prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Starting in December 2017 against the French Law, which was intended to thwart the possibility of filing indictments against Netanyahu, it also led to the Black Flags protest broke out in March 2020. Can you tell us when you started documenting the demonstrations and what led you to this intense activism?

Orna Naor: Thank you for this interview; it's a pleasure to feature my project and explain my perspective and reasons for documenting the demonstrations.

I started documenting the demonstrations about 4 years ago; there were dozens of people every Saturday night at Habima square TLV, protesting against the government and the prime minister's corruption. As a citizen, discrimination, racism, corruption, and injustice made me go out and support. As a photographer, I was mostly drawn to the people's faces and expressions that showed their feelings.

After the first lockdown, the demonstrations moved to Balfour street in Jerusalem, the prime minister's official residence. Then started police brutality, and when ex-col. Amir Haskell and the ex-head of the Shabak Carmi Gilon were dragged by the Police with brutality, it was a red line cross, and more and more people joined. At the same time, it became clear that Netanyahu has no logical system to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, and his actions are not being towards the good of the people but were meant to serve one thing only - to help him escape his trial. People lost their trust in their leaders.

L.M.: Do you see yourself mainly as a participant at the demonstrations or documentary photojournalistsrepresenting the social movement?

O. N.: In this case, I wear both hats; I'm a citizen who loves her country and fighting for the forgotten values of the state, forgotten by the leaders, by the regime, and by individuals. At the same time, I'm a photographer documenting one of the most critical times in Israel.

L.M.: What are the main issues in these demonstrations that you try to cover? What is the primary motivation?

O. N.: This protest issue is about the essence of Israel's state; whether it is a democracy, to all the citizens, do the people who run the country are honest, professional, good willing who came to serve the people.

Under Netanyahu's regime, which is now more than a decade, Israel changed; from a prime minister like Begin, who refused to limit protesters access after the Lebanon war, to a prime minister who can't take any criticism and send the Police with over unnecessary power against them.

The idea of having a prime minister who has 3 criminal charges for bribery, fraud, and breaks of trust is intolerable. Not only because of ethics but mostly because dealing with the trial doesn't leave him the time and ability to deal with the corona crisis. The results are that we have lockdowns one after another that doesn't change the health situation, which is devastating for small businesses and the whole culture, only for serving his needs to postpone his trial.

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