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Lefteris came running towards me, looking worried. ‘I was looking for you,’ he said. Later he explained that, as he stood there taking pictures of armed men on his left and his right, he heard some voices calling out my name. ’ He spotted me only when I jumped out of the Jeep. I knew I was starting to get recognised around Nablus but his words discomfited me somewhat. I didn’t know if this meant I should curb my brash behaviour—walking up to people, talking to gunmen 45 A Crazy Occupation 24/8/05 3:05 PM Page 46 a crazy occupation in broad daylight, jumping into a Jeep commandeered by masked men.
I realised it wasn’t going to be easy to figure this place out, and I didn’t have the faintest clue where to start. 13 A Crazy Occupation 24/8/05 3:05 PM Page 14 CHAPTER TWO Saturday 23 September 2000 o n Saturday morning I set off for Nablus with Ibrahim and Elizabeth Dalziel, an AP photographer who’d arrived from Mexico months before I turned up. Elizabeth was five years older than me, had a short black bob and a petite frame that belied her enormous voice. I’d first met her two days before when we’d gone to lunch with two other photographers in the office.
He’d been killed during clashes in Nablus. I had no idea how I was going to get there or who would take me. By some bizarre stroke of fortune an orange minicab was part of the crowd surging towards the cemetery. I climbed past the throng and shoved my head in the window. ’ The driver nodded. ’ It was a bumpy ride. Most of the main roads were blocked off and burning tyres or other debris littered the way. To avoid Israeli army checkpoints, the driver turned off the road and we crossed over rocks and dirt.