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TEARGAS AT SCHOOLTIME

 

Pictured here: An Israeli Border Policeman empties his chambers after firing 6 rounds of tear gas into the crowd of teenage Palestinians. On December 30th 2014, Israeli border police made an incursion into the Qitoun neighborhood. Having arrested one 12 year-old Palestinian boy,  Israeli border police fired over 30 tear gas canisters into the area, into a crowd of predominantly teenage boys, engulfing the area in teargas. During the month of December, 170 teargas canisters and 19 stun grenades have been fired by Israeli forces at school time on 14 of the 20 days children have gone to school. 

 


RUBBER BULLETS


Pictured here: A Palestinian boy covers his ears as an Israeli border policeman fires rubber bullets into a crowd of teenage boys in the Qitoun neighborhood during clashes at school time. Rubber bullets were fired by Israeli forces on two days as children went to school in December.
 


SUMUD CONTINUES

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Pictured here: a Palestinian man looks at a crowd of Israeli soldiers at a demonstration against occupation on December 27th  in the village of Beit Fajar, adjacent to the illegal settlement of Efrata. A Palestinian woman sits in a tent on the land holding a sign calling for 'Peace' in the background. An image of 'sumud' - steadfastness by remaining on the land, despite the weight and force of occupation. 

 


'RULE' CHANGE AT THE CHECKPOINT 

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Pictured here: Muhamed Saleh, waits for hours at checkpoint 56. For 40 years, Muhammad has ridden his donkey from his home to the market in which he sells his milk. 'Rules 'of occupation have changed and there is now a new shiny sign at checkpoint 56 saying "no animals allowed". "Just following orders", Israeli soldiers point to this new arbitrary 'order' when asked why they are making an old man sit in the sun for hours, as he attempts to maintain his livelihood. Muhammad was at the checkpoint for eight hours on December 26th. For a few hours he was joined by his son who is now disabled having been shot in the head by Israeli forces in 2008. He is still unallowed to pass the checkpoint with his donkey. 

 


SETTLER VIOLENCE

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Pictured here: children from the Da'ana family in ther garden. The Kiryat Arba settlement, illegal under international law, is built on land adjacent to the Da'ana family's land. The family is subjected to settler violence frequently. On December 25th, whilst working in their garden, the family was targeted by teenager settlers with rocks, hospitalizing Muhammed Da'ana - the 18 year old brother of these children.   
 

 


REPRESSION OF DISSENT 

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Pictured here: A Palestinian man stands between boy and an Israeli soldier after the boy was aggressively pushed by this fully armed soldier at a demonstration against occupation near the Israeli settlement of Efrat. A 12 year-old Palestinian is no longer considered a child under Israeli military law. 

 


WEEKLY SETTLER TOUR

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Pictured here: As the temperature drops in Palestine this week, Palestinian boys warm themselves by a fire on the street as the settler tour nears. The boys were forced to move by Israeli forces as the dozens of settlers passed by. They were moved from a covered street to an open area on a cold and rainy day. Their fire was extinguished. 

 


A LONG WALK HOME

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Pictured here: An elderly Palestinian man walks through a cloud of teargas fired by Israeli forces at school time during clashes. Teargas is nothing short of collective punishment, physiologically affecting all within it's vicinity. 

 


PEACE

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Pictured here: A Palestinian woman calls for peace at a demonstration on December 27th to protest the killing of Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein by Israeli forces. Her ID is held by an Israeli soldier in the foreground. 

 


THE HUMAN SPIRIT

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Pictured here: a Palestinian boy does a back-flip off a concrete 'security block' towards a checkpoint, whilst Israeli forces were preparing for an incursion into the Qitoun neighbourhood. In the face oppression, the human spirit has the strength to resist the tyranny that aims to crush the soul. This is the perfect picture of resisting the occupation

 

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