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A week in photos: January 3-9

This week: Snow blankets the region, homeless Israelis and Palestinians cope with the storm, repression of hunger strikers extends to their families, and Palestinian residents of Israel and the West Bank resist demolition and displacement.

The Separation Wall between Shu’fat and Pisgat Zeev settlement, seen covered with snow after a winter storm, January 10, 2013. (Photo by: Shiraz Grinbaum/Activestills.org)

 

A break in the Separation Wall caused by a flood during a winter storm, seen at the edges of Bat Hefer village, January 10, 2013. The flood occurred on January 9, due to heavy rain that affected the Nablus stream to overflow. Research suggests that changes in landscape caused by the Separation Wall also contributed to the flood. (Photo by: Shiraz Grinbaum/Activestills.org)

 

A Palestinian man walking to the Shu’fat checkpoint in the snow, January 10, 2013. (Photo by: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

A child from Al-Mufakara village cleans out water from a residency cave that was flooded in the storm, January 9, 2013. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

The ruins of Al-Mufakara village’s mosque seen in the snow, on January 9, 2013. The mosque was destroyed by Israeli authorities on December 4, 2012. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

 

A Palestinian child uses plastic bags as gloves while making snowballs in the West Bank town of Bethlehem after a winter storm that left several centimeters of snow, January 10, 2013. (Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

A homeless man tries to light a fire to warm himself during a rain storm in a tent camp in Tel Aviv, January 8, 2013. (Photo by: Oren Ziv /Activestills.org)

 

Shireen Issawi, the sister of hunger striker Samer Issawi, in her home, receiving a phone call from the Israeli police, calling her for another investigation, January 4, 2013. Shireen was arrested in her home on December 18, 2012, two hours after she was prevented from entering her brother’s hearing at the “Shalom” court in Jerusalem. She was accused of assaulting police men, and was sentenced to 10 days of house arrest. Her brother, Samer Issawi is now in poor health condition and held in the prisoners medical center, after being on hunger strike for 161 days. (Photo by: Shiraz Grinbaum/Activestills.org)

 

The Demolished house of Rafat brother of hunger striker Samer Issawi, seen on January 4, 2013. The house was demolished a few days ago by the Israeli authorities, without a demolition order. Samer Issawi is now in poor health condition held in the prisoners medical center, after being on hunger strike for 161 days. (Photo by: Shiraz Grinbaum/Activestills.org)

 

Protesters take cover during the weekly protest against the occupation and settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on January 4, 2012. Under the military order 101, all protests organized by Palestinians in the West Bank are deemed illegal by the Israeli authorities and are routinely dispersed violently, leading to countless fatalities, injuries and arbitrary arrests. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Activists rebuild Palestinian house in Fasayil Al Wusta, which was demolished by the Israeli authorities one year ago. Jordan Valley, January 05, 2013. (Photo by Ahmad Al-Bazz/ Activestills.org)

 

The children of the Caabia family outside the family’s common tent, on January 5, 2013. The family received demolition orders for some their homes from the Israeli Land Administration, on the pretext of the structures being illegal. Although they have been residing on their private land for several decades, their homes are not officially included in any of the surrounding municipalities and are therefore in an unclear legal status, leaving them exposed to the risk of being displaced. (Photo by: Shiraz Ginbaum/Activestills.org)

 

Israeli activists and residents of south Tel Aviv protest outside the Tel Aviv municipality against situation in the south Tel Aviv neighborhoods, January 6, 2013. The protest was held after two weeks ago an 83-year old woman was raped near the old bus station in Tel Aviv. Protesters were calling to improve the personal security situation of women living in south Tel Aviv. (Photo by: Oren Ziv. Activestills.org)

 

A demonstrator waves a Palestinian flag as he looks over the wall during the weekly protest against the wall and the occupation in the West Bank village of Bil’in, January 4, 2012. The weekly demo was marking the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Jawaher Abu-Rahma, who died after she was injured from tear gas during the Friday demo in the village two years ago. (Photo by: Guest photographer Hamde Abu Rahma/ Activestills.org)

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    1. “The Demolished house of Rafat brother of hunger striker Samer Issawi, seen on January 4, 2013. The house was demolished a few days ago by the Israeli authorities, without a demolition order.” : This meant that the demolishing agency had no fear of the technicalities of the law–which means that agency determines what the law is.

      “The family received demolition orders for some their homes from the Israeli Land Administration, on the pretext of the structures being illegal. Although they have been residing on their private land for several decades, their homes are not officially included in any of the surrounding municipalities and are therefore in an unclear legal status, leaving them exposed to the risk of being displaced.” : The Israeli Land Authority preferentially allocates resident right by race; this violates the racial neutrality of the Declaration of Independence in the enjoyment of civil and political rights. Apart from all the people in jeopardy of losing their homes, Israeli constitutional thought ultimately loses as well. The State is drunk on the consequences of short term power–and it will smash into many things before it sobers up.

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