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A week in photos: August 14-21

A new regular feature from the Activestills photography collective. Each week, we will bring you a selection of our most compelling images from movements for political and social change throughout Palestine and Israel.

A 4-year-old Palestinian child in intensive care at West Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital on August 18, 2012, a day after he was seriously injured in a firebomb attack by Israeli settlers on the taxi in which he was travelling with his family on the road from Bethlehem to Hebron, in the West Bank. The child, seen here with his grandmother, is from Nahalin, a small village west of Bethlehem that, after losing 60% of its lands to the nearby Israeli settlements, comes under regular attacks by Israeli settlers. In the attack, which happened as the family was on the way to a breakfast at the mother’s family in the Al-Arrub Refugee Camp and which took place in an area under exclusive Israeli security control, two children, the mother and father and the driver were seriously injured. (photo: JC/Activestills.org)

Jerusalemites protest against racism in Zion Square on August 18, 2012, two days after a Palestinian youth was seriously injured alongside two others in a mob attack by Israeli teenagers in crowded central Jerusalem. A 15-year-old suspect later said he was among 40 people taking part in the attack, adding, “For all I care, let him die. He’s an Arab.” (photo: JC/Activestills.org)

 

Sign reading: “No for War of Choice.” Israelis protest in front of the Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s house in central Tel Aviv, against an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear installations, August 23, 2012. (photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

An Israeli Border Policeman smokes and drinks coffee in front of fasting Palestinians who were caught trying to reach Jerusalem for the last Friday of Ramadan by crossing over the separation wall in A-Ram, East Jerusalem, August 17, 2012. During Ramadan this year, Israeli authorities only allowed males under 12 or over 40 to pass without a special permit. The Old City of Jerusalem where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located is considered occupied Palestinian territory under international law. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian Authority police (center) cooperate with Israeli Border Police (left) to control Palestinian access to Jerusalem at the Bethlehem checkpoint on the last Friday of Ramadan, August 17, 2012. During Ramadan this year, Israeli authorities only allowed males under 12 or over 40 to pass without a special permit. On this day, females of all ages were allowed to pass. (photo: RRB/Activestills.org)

 

Israeli activists take part in a solidarity protest for the jailed members of the Russian all-female band “Pussy Riot” in front of the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv, August 18, 2012. The punk band captured global attention after singing a protest song ridiculing President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church, for which three members were each sentenced to two years in prison . (photo: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian men use a ladder to cross the separation wall in the Palestinian town of A-Ram, north of Jerusalem, in the West Bank, near the Qalandiya checkpoint, August 17, 2012, in order to attend the last Friday prayers of Ramadan in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (photo: Yotam Ronen/ Activestills.org)

Palestinian women worshipers cross from the Qalandiya checkpoint outside Ramallah, West Bank, 17 August 2012 into Jerusalem to attend Ramadan Friday Prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

After a short march, a group of Tel Aviv residents opposed to an attack on Iran gathered under Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s home in Tel Aviv, Israel, on August 17, 2012. The protest came after weeks of increasing tensions in the media and the political discourse that an attack on Iran might be imminent. (photo: JC/Activestills.org)

Activestills is a collective of Israeli, international and Palestinian photographers, united by a conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change. To stay updated on our latest images, like Activestills on Facebook  or follow @activestills on Twitter. You can also visit our flickr photostream.

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