I had the privilege of going on a two week trip to Israel and Palestine in summer 2013 with a Quaker group headed by Max Carter. We traveled all over Israel, going to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and many more. In Palestine, we stayed at the Ramallah Friends School in the city of Ramallah and then traveled to places like Hebron where these photos were taken. As you may know, things in the Middle East are getting worse, with more fighting and bloodshed than ever before. I wanted to send in these photos to hopefully spark a new vision of what these two cultures are all about and the fact that art can transcend these ancient boundaries that now divide these two nations, and perhaps art can shorten this divide one photo at a time.
Faith Krech is a senior at Guilford College majoring in English and minoring in Religious Studies. Originally from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Krech attended Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey. Her trip to Palestine and Israel two summers ago greatly affected her outlook on life in the context of becoming a global citizen of the world. The issues of valuing human life and accepting all individuals on a basic human level are what drives her to share these stories of her travels through photography. After Palestine and Israel, her travels continued into a study abroad experience in Siena, Italy.