POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: General News

First Place

April Saul / Freelance
“Mourning Macho”

Second Place

Tyler Hicks / New York Times
“Amal Hussain”

Third Place

Dar Yasin / Associated Press
“Wailing Relatives”

Award of Excellence

Mohammed Asad / Freelance
“The Martyr Child”

Award of Excellence

Mohammed Salem / Reuters
“Gaza protests”

Award of Excellence: Mohammed Salem / Reuters

Award of Excellence

“Gaza protests”

Relatives of a Palestinian, who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border, react at a hospital in Gaza City, June 18, 2018.

What became known as the "Great March of Return" dominated the headlines for months.

The primary stated purpose of the protests was to revive a demand by refugees for the right to return to lands that Palestinians were driven from or fled when Israel was founded in 1948. Israel has ruled out any such right, concerned that the country would lose its Jewish majority.

But the immediate factor was Palestinian anger at U.S. President Donald Trump's decisions on Dec. 6 last year to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to begin preparations to move its embassy to the city that is sacred to three of the great monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.