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2014: A year in photos

Jaffa-based activists welcome Samer al-‘Issawi, the former political prisoner and hunger striker, recently released from Israeli prison. ‘Issawi was received at the city’s historic clock tower square, where activists staged daily vigils calling for his release over an extended period of time. Update: during the summertime Israeli assault on Gaza, Samer Issawi was rearrested and…

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Nabi Saleh 26/12/2014

On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), villagers and solidarity activists marched in Nabi Saleh in protest of the occupation and land theft. Some of the local youths wearing Santa Clause costumes, symbolizing a holiday marking ‘peace on earth’ were forced to flee the IDF’s tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets. No major injuries…

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The Bedouins struggle getting to the museum

At the annual photo-journalism exhibition Local Testimony, currently showing at the Eretz Israel Museum in Ramat Aviv, I exhibited a photograph that represents the last year’s struggle against the plan to confiscate lands of tens of tousnads of Bedouins in the south of Israel. Following a long struggle, culminating in the Day of Rage in…

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Nabi Saleh 19/12/2014

The weekly Friday demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh launched this week from the centre of the village, as protesters, villagers and solidarity activists a like marched together towards the expropriated spring. The IDF attempted to disperse the march with tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets. Soldiers raided the village, chasing after Palestinian…

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Nabi Saleh 12/12/2014

In the aftermath of the death of Ziad Abu ‘Ein, residents of Nabi Saleh took the streets to protest his killing and carry on his fight against land annexations and settlements. Abu ‘Ein died shortly after an Israeli soldier assaulted him during a peaceful march in Turmus’aya the day before. He was the Palestinian minister…

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Nabi Saleh 05/12/2014

As today’s weekly demonstration was about the end and the youth were about to disperse, an IDF officer and a sniper started walking towards them. This ignited some stone throwing and one of the boys was shot with live ammunition (“tutu”) in his leg. Only then IDF forces left the scene. The office and sniper…

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Nabi Saleh 28/11/2014

This Friday, there was no demonstration in Nabi Saleh. Nevertheless, when a few teenagers confronted IDF soldiers near the entrance to the village, a sniper targeted a 14-year-old boy, who sustained a gun shot injury from a live bullet (“tutu”) to his leg. The boy was then transferred to hospital by an ambulance. Recently there…

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Nabi Saleh 21/11/2014

Marking the second anniversary to the killing of Rushdi Tamimi by the IDF, residents of Nabi Saleh, including Rushdi’s family members marched to protest his killing and the routine killing of Palestinians by the Israeli army. The IDF fired live ammunition, injuring three protesters – two from neighbouring Beit Rima and another woman who was…