Since the beginning of October, seven Israelis have been stabbed to death by a handful of Palestinian youths from East Jerusalem. Israel responded with fatal force, shooting down many of the attackers, and stepped up security in the Arab areas within East Jerusalem, such as in Anata, a Palestinian village that is technically a part of the city but lies on the West Bank side of the barrier.
Once a fertile agricultural village, Anata is now better known for producing rock-throwing youths. Juma, 22, was one of them: born after the Oslo Accords, which led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority, but before the wall first went up. Like many other youths in East Jerusalem, he spent time in Israeli prison for a number of security breaches, such as attacking Israeli police and security forces, according to Tali Mayer, a Jerusalem-based photojournalist who spent two years photographing the lives of these young Palestinians. In this gallery, she attempts to show a side of them—young men worried about marriage and finding girlfriends—that belies their tough exteriors.
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