’Om (Mother) is a collaborative photography project by Barbara Debeuckelaere (BE) and all the women of eight families from Tel Rumeida in Hebron, Palestine. Apart from Jerusalem, Hebron is the only place in the West Bank where radical Israeli settlers live in the heart of a Palestinian city, and is home to several sites sacred to both Jews and Arabs. The entanglement of small and heavily guarded settlements cuts up historic neighbourhoods into small sectors with checkpoints, severely restricting the freedom of movement of Palestinian residents. Since only two per cent of the Old City’s population is Israeli, protected by more than twice as many soldiers, tensions in this split society regularly escalate.
Apart from the lingering conflict and illegal occupation, Palestinians are under constant surveillance and face the immediate threat of their colonist neighbours violently harassing them, which they do with impunity. Although both men and women suffer from this situation, women are rarely heard or seen, as they mostly stay at home, fearing for their own and their childrens’ safety. Therefore, news reports items on the conflict usually see Palestinian men fighting back or suffering violence.
In ’Om (Mother), the Palestinian women of Tel Rumeida claim agency by handling the camera themselves to document their lives, their homes, and their immediate surroundings. The camera is used to show their perseverance and expose the ambiguity of home. By showing the world their determination to continue their daily lives under occupation, these women are participating in the ultimate act of resistance.

Photographer(s): Text:
All women and girls of 8 families of Tel Rumeida, Hebron and Barbara Debeuckelaere Adam Broomberg, Barbara Debeuckelaere, 'Om Wisam, Hayam, Kawthar, 'Om Emad, 'Om Muntasser
Format: Pages:
11,5 × 16,5 cm 320
Design: Images:
Carel Fransen around 400
Publisher: Binding:
The Eriskay Connection Exposed selfcover with dust cover
Printer: Printing:
Albe de Coker Offset printing
Date: Edition:
April, 2024 900
Gent, Belgium