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PHOTOS: Gazans use 'ceasefire' to pick up the pieces

Photos and text: Anne Paq, Basel Yazouri / Activestills.org

Tens of thousands of Palestinians returned to their homes across the Gaza Strip on July 26, after a 40-hour humanitarian ceasefire was agreed to between Israel and Hamas. Over 200,000 Gazans have been displaced since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, due to Israeli airstrikes across the Strip. The ceasefire came to an end on Sunday morning after rockets exploded in Israeli territory overnight, and Israel’s refusal to agree to an extension offered by Hamas.

The airstrikes destroyed homes, UN schools and hospitals last week, leaving a trail of devastation and bodies buried underneath the rubble. In places such as Shujaiyeh, and Abasan, Gazans spent the day digging for bodies and belongings in the rubble of their former homes.

However some locations, such as Beit Hanoun and Khuza’a, were out of reach for Palestinians. The dozens of residents of Khuza’a who fled the village, were fired at when they tried to return. Some residents are still trapped under the remains of houses, cut off from the outside world.

Damage is seen inside the Al Aqsa hospital following an Israeli attack, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza., July 27, 2014. The direct attack, which took place on 21 July, killed at least 5 Palestinians and injured 70. Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

Damage is seen inside the Al Aqsa hospital following an Israeli attack, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza., July 26, 2014.
The direct attack, which took place on July 21, killed at least five Palestinians and injured 70.
Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

 

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PHOTOS: Ten killed across West Bank in Gaza solidarity protests

Photos by: Mustafa Bader, Oren Ziv, Ahmad Al-Bazz, Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org
Text by: Keren Manor

In the last four days, Israeli forces have killed ten Palestinians across the West Bank during protests in solidarity with Gaza. More than 600 have been wounded, and several remain in critical condition.

The biggest protest took place on Thursday night with at least 10,000 Palestinians marching from the Am’ari refugee camp near Ramallah to the Qalandiya checkpoint. Israeli soldiers and border police responded with both live ammunition and rubber bullets, killing one.

Live ammunition was also used to suppress protests in Husan, Qalandiya, Beit Ummar, Al Arroub Refugee Camp, Beit Fajjar, Huwwara and Jalama checkpoint, resulting in the deaths of seven Palestinians. One Palestinian was killed Wednesday in Husan from a tear gas canister that hit his head, and another on Friday by a settler who shot live ammunition from a moving car.

Family members and friends mourn next to the body of killed Palestinian Mohammed al-Araj during his funeral at the Qalandiya refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 25, 2014. Al-Araj was shot with live ammunition in his head during a demonstration the night before in Qalandiya. At least other 500 Palestinians were injured from live ammunition, some of them are still under critical condition. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Family members and friends mourn next to the body of slain Palestinian Mohammed al-Araj during his funeral, at the Qalandiya refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 25, 2014. Al-Araj was shot in the head with live ammunition during a demonstration the previous night in Qalandiya. . (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Palestnians carry Mohammad Qasem Hamamreh, after he was injured in the head with a tear gas canister at the early morning of July 23, during clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank village of Husan, 2014. Mohammad, 19 years old, died in the hospital the day after (Mustafa Bader/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian man carries Mohammad Qasem Hamamreh after he was hit in the head with a tear gas canister during the early morning hours of July 23, in clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank village of Husan. Mohammad, 19 years old, died in the hospital the following day. (Mustafa Bader/Activestills.org)

 

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Photos of the week: No end to the violence

As Israel’s Operation Protective Edge enters its 17th day, violence continues as a ceasefire remains elusive. Thirty-five Israelis have been killed, including 32 soldiers, with the Palestinian death toll reaching 734, mainly civilians.

Photos by: Anne Paq, Basel Yazouri, Oren Ziv, Fiaz abu-Ramele, Yotam Ronen, Tess Scheflan, Keren Manor, Mustafa Bader / Activestills.org

Funeral for the 26 members of the Abu Jame' family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 18 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jame'  family. Israeli attacks have killed 550 Palestinians in the current offensive, most of them civilians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Funeral for the 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack on the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 18 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jame’ family. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Mother (left) of Jihad Issam Shuhaibar (8), and Wasim Issam Shuhaibar (7), two of the children killed in an Israeli airstrike on in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, is comforted by a relative in al-Shifa hospital, July 17, 2014. The third victim of the airstrike that hit children while they were playing on the roof of their house, was their cousin 10-year-old Afnan Tariq Shuhaibar. The airstrikes came immediately after a temporary five-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ended. As of July 17th, 237 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the Israeli military operation against the Gaza Strip, including 48 children, and more than 1,700 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Mother (left) of Jihad Issam Shuhaibar (8), and Wasim Issam Shuhaibar (7), two of the children killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, is comforted by a relative at al-Shifa hospital, July 17, 2014. The third victim of the airstrike that hit the children while they were playing on the roof of their house, was their cousin, 10-year-old Afnan Tariq Shuhaibar. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

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PHOTOS: Another day of destruction, death and displacement in Gaza

The number of dead has reached at least 620 mostly civilian Palestinians and 31 Israelis, 29 of them soldiers. Another day in Gaza between bombed houses, destruction and displaced people.

Photos by: Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org
Text by: Keren Manor

A child of Diab Bakr is seen amidst the rubble of his home which was destroyed last night by Israeli missiles, in As-Shati refugee camp, Gaza city, July 22, 2014. Another home from the extended Bakr family was also destroyed and another one damaged. Hassan Khader Bakr, was killed during the attack in the street. Their cousins, Bakr family who live in the same area, lost four children, Ahed (10), Zacharia (10), Mohamed (9) after they were targeted by two Israeli missiles while playing at the beach on 16 July, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A child of Diab Bakr is seen amidst the rubble of her home, which was destroyed the previous night by Israeli missiles, in As-Shati refugee camp, Gaza City, July 22, 2014. Another home of the extended Bakr family was also destroyed and one other damaged. Another member of the family, Hassan Khader Bakr, was killed in an attack in the street. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

Members from the Bakr extended family stand outside their destroyed houses in As-Shati refugee camp, Gaza city, July 22, 2014. Their cousins, Bakr family who live in the same area, lost four children, Ahed (10), Zacharia (10), Mohamed (9) after they were targeted by two Israeli missiles while playing at the beach on 16 July, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Members from the extended Bakr family stand outside their destroyed houses in As-Shati refugee camp, Gaza City, July 22, 2014. Their cousins, who live in the same area, lost four children, Ahed (10), Zacharia (10) and Mohamed (9) when they were targeted by Israeli attacks while playing on the beach on July 16, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Al Aqsa Martyrs mosque in Gaza City, destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike, July 22, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Al Aqsa Martyrs mosque in Gaza City, destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike, July 22, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

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PHOTOS: A Gaza funeral for 26 members of one family

In just one example of the ongoing Israeli tactic of targeting civilian homes, 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, including 18 children, were killed in a single strike.

Photos by: Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org
Text by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler

Mourners fill the mosque during the funeral for 24 members of the Abu Jamea family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 15 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jamea family.

Mourners fill the mosque during the funeral for 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 15 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jame’ family.

Israeli attacks in Gaza have now killed more than 566 Palestinians as the death toll exceeded 100 on both Sunday and Monday. The vast majority of those killed have been civilians. In just one example of the ongoing Israeli tactic of targeting civilian homes, 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family were killed in a single strike that also killed four others. Fifteen of those killed were children. An Associated Press report quoted a surviving family member:

UPDATE: The Al-Mezan Center for Human Right organization reports:

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of the members of the Abu Jame' family out of the mosque. Certain bodies are carried in cardboard boxes as they were torn to pieces by the shelling.

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of the members of the Abu Jame’ family out of the mosque. Certain bodies are carried in cardboard boxes as they were torn to pieces by the shelling.

 

A mourner carries the body of a child among 24 members of the Abu Jamea family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

A mourner carries the body of a child among 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the...


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PHOTOS: Scenes of devastation from deadliest day in Gaza

Israel bombards the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyeh, killing at least 66, with the toll expected to rise. 

Photos by: Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org
Text by: Noa Yachot

[WARNING: This post includes graphic photos.]

Israel stepped up its air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip on Sunday, resulting in the deadliest day since the assault  began on July 8. A total of 87 Palestinians were reported dead, with the toll expected to rise. Thirteen Israeli soldiers were also killed Sunday while fighting inside Gaza.

A vast majority of the Palestinian deaths were in Shujaiyeh, a neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. Israeli artillery and air strikes pounded the neighborhood throughout the night and into Sunday, turning it into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and bodies strewn in the streets.

Gazans flee the Shejaiya area after Israeli tanks invaded the area, bombarding it heavily, causing over 60 casualties and hundreds wounded, July 20, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Gazans flee Shujaiyeh after Israeli tanks invaded the area, bombarding it heavily, killing more than 60 people and wounding hundreds, July 20, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinian health officials said that at least 66 Palestinians were killed in Shujaiyeh, bringing the Palestinian death toll in the current round of fighting – billed by Israel “Operation Protective Edge” – to roughly 425, most of them civilians. A total of 18 Israeli soldiers have been killed, along with two Israeli civilians.

Among those killed in Shujaiyeh were at least 17 children, 14 women, and four elderly people. Those numbers could rise, as rescue teams could not safely complete the task of evacuating the dead and wounded.

Ambulances, care and civilians fleeing seen at the Shejaiya area after Israeli tanks invaded the area, bombarding it heavily, causing over 60 casualties and hundreds wounded, July 20, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Ambulances and civilians in Shujaiyeh, July 20, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Thousands of Shujaiyeh residents fled the area throughout Sunday. UNRWA reported Sunday evening that more than 80,000 Gazans had sought refugee in temporary shelters operated by the United Nations agency.

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Photos of the week: Violence continues as hopes for ceasefire fade

After more than a week of violence in Israel and Gaza, the Palestinian death toll stands at 230, with one Israeli casualty. Negotiations are ongoing in an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire proposal between Hamas and Israel.

Paramedics and people run at the scene where four Palestinian children were killed by Israeli military shelling on the harbor and nearby beach of Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Four children; Ahed Bakr, 10, Zakaria Bakr, 10, Mohd Bakr, 11, and Ismail Bakr, 9.; were killed during the attack. As of 16 July 2014, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the 2014 Israeli assault against the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Paramedics and people run at the scene where four Palestinian children were killed by Israeli military shelling on the harbor and nearby beach of Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Ahed Bakr, 10; Zakaria Bakr, 10; Mohd Bakr, 11; and Ismail Bakr, 9 were killed during the attack. As of July 16, 2014 more than 200 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian child who was killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza harbour is carried away by paramedics, Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Four children were reportedly killed during the attack. As of July 16th, 196 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured.

A Palestinian child who was killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza harbor is carried away by paramedics, Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Four children were killed during the attack. As of July 16, 2014, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured.

A man sits in a destroyed building which was attacked last night by Israeli airstrike, in Al Tuffah neighborhood, July 16, 2014. As of July 16th, 196 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

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PHOTOS: After eight days of attacks on Gaza

As talk of a ceasefire raises hopes, Israel’s strikes on Gaza continue to raise the death toll and destroy family homes.

Photos by: Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org
Text by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler

Hamda Abdun, age 4 , lies in a bed in Al Shifa Hospital after having been injured in an Israeli air strike, Gaza City, July 14, 2014. Four members of his family were injured.

Hamda Abdun, age 4 , lies in a bed in Al Shifa Hospital after having been injured in an Israeli air strike, Gaza City, July 14, 2014. Four members of his family were injured.

With international attention focused on the suffering of civilians in Gaza, pressure has mounted on both sides to agree to a ceasefire. Meanwhile, those on the ground continue to suffer the most. Thousands of Gazans fled the northern region of the strip after receiving warnings from the Israeli military of impending attacks. While many have sought shelter in schools, Israeli strikes continue to claim lives throughout the coastal enclave.

At the time of this posting, Israeli attacks from air, land and sea have killed at least 192 Palestinians, including at least 36 children. According to the UN, 80% of the casualties in Gaza have been civilians. Some 1,400 have been injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Several Israelis have been injured as well, some seriously, but no lives have been lost outside of Gaza.

Leading human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza for their indiscriminate nature and targeting of civilian areas. However, they and other organizations such as B’Tselem have asserted that Israel’s attacks on densely populated urban areas, especially its targeting of private homes of members of Hamas and other militant factions, also amounts to the intentional targeting of civilians, which is a war crime.

Farouk mosque of an-Nuseirat Refugee Camp lies in ruins after being struck by Israeli bombs, Gaza Srip, July 14, 2014. The mosque was hit two days before.

Farouk Mosque of an-Nuseirat Refugee Camp lies in ruins after being struck by Israeli bombs, Gaza Strip, July 14, 2014. The mosque was hit two days earlier.

 

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What 'no country in the world' should tolerate

Israel says that ‘no country in the world’ would agree to live under the threat of Gaza’s rockets, but ignores its own culpability in its 100-eyes-for-an eye spiral of violence.

Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org

A child stands amid the rubble of the Al Dalu family home, Gaza City, December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

A child stands amid the rubble of the Al Dalu family home, Gaza City, December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012, during the Israeli offensive known as “Operation Pillar of Cloud.” Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

One of the common talking points used to defend Israel’s pummeling of Gaza is that “no country in the world” would agree to live under the threat of rockets. (Robert Fisk gives at least one historic example to the contrary.) But thin as the argument may be, it begs the question:  Why single out Israel for criticism?

Here’s one guess: has any other self-declared democracy killed its enemies (mostly civilians) at rates of 1,400-to-9 in Operation Cast Lead, 176-to-6 in Operation Pillar of Defense or 163-and-counting-to-0 in the current offensive, Operation Protective Edge?

A Palestinian child plays among the ruins of buildings destroyed by Israeli air strikes in the 2008-2009 war known as Operation Cast Lead, July 4, 2012.

A Palestinian child plays among the ruins of buildings destroyed by Israeli air strikes in the 2008-2009 war known as Operation Cast Lead, July 4, 2012.

Another complaint of double standards that’s often leveled at advocates for Palestinian rights: “why don’t you go to Syria or Iraq where things are really bad?” This recommendation was offered to me by an Israeli soldier sent to quell a nonviolent demonstration in the West Bank. My answers to this dodge:

1) As a U.S. taxpayer, I have a special relationship with the country that receives the largest amount of my foreign aid. The soldier who asked...

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Photos of the week: Running for cover and having nowhere to run

This week: Protests in the West Bank, U.S. and Tel Aviv as Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip kill 121 Palestinians, including at least 27 children, and injuring more than 800. 

A Palestinian child injured in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip arrives at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on the night of July 8, 2014.

A Palestinian child injured in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip arrives at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on the night of July 8, 2014.

 

Smoke rises over the sky of Gaza following an Israeli air strike, July 8, 2014.

Smoke rises over the sky of Gaza following an Israeli air strike, July 8, 2014.

 

Palestinians walk among the ruins of the Abu Leila family house which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in the Al Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City early the morning of July 11, 2014.

Palestinians walk among the ruins of the Abu Leila family house which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in the Al Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City early the morning of July 11, 2014.

 

Palestinians hold signs reading "Gaza is bleeding" during a solidarity demonstration in the city center of Nablus, West Bank, July 09, 2014.

Palestinians hold signs reading “Gaza is bleeding” during a solidarity demonstration in the city center of Nablus, West Bank, July 09, 2014.

 

Israeli army tanks move towards the Israel-Gaza border on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Israeli leaders threatened that a prolonged ground invasion is being considered.

Israeli army tanks move towards the Israel-Gaza border on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Israeli leaders threatened that a prolonged ground invasion is being considered.

 

Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, July 11, 2014.

Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, July 11, 2014.

 

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PHOTOS: Police, Palestinians clash during funeral of slain teenager

In East Jerusalem on Friday: Thousands participate in the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old Palestinian boy who was allegedly murdered by Jewish extremists. Large police forces prepared for the event in advance, with violent clashes erupting as the funeral came to an end. According to reports, 18 Palestinians have been wounded, and the police is using tear gas against stone-throwing youths.

Palestinian residents of Shuafat stand above the body of Muhammad Abu Khdeir during his funeral. (photo: Activestills)

Palestinians stand above the body of Muhammad Abu Khdeir during his funeral. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills)

 

Thousands of Palestinians attend the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of Palestinians attend the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Israeli riot policemen shoot tear gas at Palestinians in Shuafat during the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli riot policemen shoot tear gas at Palestinians in East Jerusalem during the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians light tires on fire during clashes with Israeli riot police during the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians light tires on fire during clashes with Israeli riot police during the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian youth throw rocks at Israeli security forces during clashes in Shuafat. The clashes erupted during the funeral for Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian who was suspected of being murdered by Jewish nationalists in Jerusalem. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian youth throw rocks at Israeli security forces during clashes in East Jerusalem. The clashes erupted during the funeral for Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian who was suspected of being murdered by Jewish nationalists in Jerusalem. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian women hide during clashes between youth and Israeli security forces in Shuafat. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian women hide during clashes between youth and Israeli security forces. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

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Photos of the week: A chronology of two kidnappings

This week: As Israelis mourn the murder of the three Israeli teenagers, right-wingers riot on streets of Jerusalem; a Palestinian teenager is murdered in a suspected ‘revenge attack,’ and the cycle of violence continues.

The mother of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair mourns his death, East Jerusalem, July 2, 2014 .Israeli police found a burnt body in a forest west of Jerusalem, early on Wednesday morning, in what appears to have been a revenge kidnapping and murder carried out by right-wing Israeli extremists after three Israeli teenage boys were found dead on Monday north of the Palestinian town Halhul, near Hebron. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

The mother of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair mourns his death, East Jerusalem, July 2, 2014. Israeli police found his burnt body in a forest west of Jerusalem early on Wednesday morning, in what appears to have been a revenge kidnapping and murder carried out by right-wing Israeli extremists after the three Israeli teenage boys were found to be murdered. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Family and friends of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, three Israeli teenagers who were abducted over two weeks ago, take part in their funeral in the city of Modiin, Israel, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners arrived ro Modiin in central Israel for a funeral service for three teenagers found dead in the West Bank after a two week searches, raids and arrests in the West Bank, as Israel accused Hamas of abducting and killing the young men. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Family and friends of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, three Israeli teenagers who were abducted over two weeks ago, take part in their funeral in the city of Modi’in, Israel, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners arrived in Modi’in in central Israel for a funeral service for three teenagers who were murdered in the West Bank. Their bodies were found after two weeks of searches, raids and arrests in the West Bank, after Israel accused Hamas of responsibility for abducting and killing the young men. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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PHOTOS: In Rio, protests against World Cup mark Stonewall riots

Football can be a tool for social change, one protester says, but the poor people here cannot even participate in the games. ‘We are not just LGBT. We are also workers, blacks, women and we can not disconnect from the other social movement.’

Photos & text: Keren Manor and Mareike Lauken/Activestills.org

Activists take part in a demonstration against the world cap also marking 45 years to the Stone Wall attack, June 28, 2014. (Mareike Lauken/Activestills.org)

Activists take part in a demonstration against the world cap also marking 45 years to the Stone Wall attack, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 28, 2014. (Mareike Lauken/Activestills.org)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A few hours before the dramatic game between Brazil and Chile in the World Cup on Saturday, thousand of demonstrators marched past the FIFA Fan Fest on the Copacaban beach of Rio de Janeiro, the second in a series of actions dubbed, “Our cup is on the street.” In addition to protesting the World Cup, the event had another purpose. Saturday was the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, which are credited with launching the modern LGBT rights movement. To commemorate Stonewall, organizers turned the event into an anti-homophobia march in addition to its social agenda.

At first glance, the march appeared to be a fun and colorful gay pride parade but the signs and the slogans told a more complex story, one protesters explained is inseparable from the context of the World Cup and the oppression of gender, sexuality, race and class.

Activists take part in a demonstration against the world cap also marking 45 years to the Stone Wall attack, June 28, 2014. The sign reads: "we want to be champions in health, education and safety. not just in football". (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

Activists take part in a demonstration against the World Cup also marking 45 years since the Stonewall riots, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 28, 2014. The sign reads: “We want to be champions in health, education and safety. Not just in football”. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

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