A month in Palestine

A few from occupied Hebron

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Boycott Israel: Graffiti on concrete block near entrance to Shuhada street, blocked for most Palestinians since 1994.  

 

Nakba 70/Great Return March protests in Hebron (14th/15th May) soldiers invade Bab Azawieh and shoot live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at protesters, injuring at least 7 in two days.

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Saleh, left and Abdullah, right, young Human Rights Defenders who film human rights abuses committed by the occupation in Hebron. More here.

 

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Man to left laughing after being hit in foot with a stun grenade, after he goes to help press and protesters who have been tear gassed
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Monday 14th May – Hebron settlers have a party, with armed guard, parading from the Ibrahimi mosque to Shuhada street, celebrating the US Embassy move to Jerusalem. On the same day over 55 Palestinians were shot dead in Great Return March protests in Gaza.

Below: Israeli military shot tear gas into two boys schools, both elementary schools, on first morning of Ramadan. Some boys, aged around 10-11 years, were throwing stones at a military checkpoint near the schools. In response, paratroopers arrived and occupied rooftops in the Palestinian neighbourhood (H1), firing tear gas and stun grenades into the two schools for around 2 hours. Read more here.

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Soldier looks up at colleagues on roof as they fire tear gas at boys just outside school

 

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Tear gas in school playground
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Attempt to intimidate international observers for taking pictures of the soldiers tear gassing schools.

Below: Israeli soldiers went on a patrol through the Palestinian souk in Hebron, stopping and searching three Palestinian boys aged around 16-17, making them show their ankles and lift up their jumpers in the street.

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The leader of the patrol got annoyed with observers taking pictures and photographed an activist’s passport on a personal phone, which is not legal (much like most things that the Israeli army does)

The settler tour

Every Saturday, a tour of settlers and guests walks through the Palestinian souk, escorted by 20-30 heavily armed soldiers and border police. The settlers are given a selective reading of the Jewish history of Hebron. Settlers have in the past pulled down produce from Palestinian shops and abused shopkeepers. One Palestinian shopkeeper we chatted to said that a settler shouted at him ‘We hate Arabs’, and he shouted back at him, laughing, ‘not as much as we do!’ Read more about the settler tour here and here.

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Soldiers and settlers often call international observers ‘Nazis’, alleging that they are anti-semitic

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Bit of unnecessary flaunting of the gun on the settler tour

 

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The soldiers and settlers block the narrow streets of the souk, making it difficult for people to pass by.
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Israeli soldiers occupy rooftops of Palestinian houses in area near Ibrahimi Mosque.

 

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Delays at Ibrahimi checkpoint. People waiting for checkpoint to open to be able to go and pray in the Ibrahimi mosque for lunchtime prayers in Ramadan. This is the only way through to the mosque for Palestinians since the Israeli occupation closed Shuhada street.
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Graffiti in Hebron. Shuhada street has been closed to most Palestinians since the Israeli landgrab inside the city expanded after 1994. Read more here. Palestinians who live on one section of the street are not allowed to open shops or use their front doors.
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Getting some impromptu Arabic lessons

Elsewhere in Palestine:

Qalandiya checkpoint, last Friday of Ramadan before Eid. Every year, Israel announces a ‘relaxation’ of the travel restrictions for Palestinians who want to go to Jerusalem to pray in Al-Aqsa (or to just visit their capital which many are not allowed to do). Good PR for Israel, but the reality is that young men (aged 12-40ish) are still not allowed to go, there are still huge delays at the checkpoint and the rules are applied arbitrarily. On this day, men, women and children were assaulted while being thrown out of the checkpoint.

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Below: Israeli border police seize bread, juice and sweet stalls from market sellers, not allowing them to sell it to people passing back through Qalandiya from Jerusalem after prayers.

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This Israeli security officer took pictures and film of Palestinians passing back through the checkpoint from Jerusalem on a personal phone.
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Face of evil

 

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Men in Nabi Saleh look towards Israeli forces gathering below the village after the funeral of Izz Tamimi, shot dead by Israeli soldiers in early hours of 6th June. More here.
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View from Nabi Saleh

 

 

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Om Sleiman farm, Bil’in. Read more about the farm here.
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Nablus sunset

For more images of the occupation in Hebron and the rest of Palestine:

Hebron:

https://www.hebronapartheid.org/

Human Rights Defenders

Short film about access restrictions in Hebron

Short film about restrictions of movement for Palestinians on Shuhada Street

 

Elsewhere in Palestine:

On the plunder of Palestinian resources that sustains the occupation: very good read here.

https://visualizingpalestine.org/ 

May 2018 in pictures, Electronic Intifada

Active Stills

 

BOYCOTT ISRAEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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