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PHOTOS: Hundreds attend Ramallah funeral of young Palestinian killed by IDF

A 22-year-old Palestinian man was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers at about 5 a.m. Wednesday after troops raided the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday of Issa al-Qatri, who was killed earlier by Israeli soldiers during a raid on the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. According to Ma’an News Agency, soldiers entered the camp to arrest a wanted Hamas member when they were met with resistance from young men who threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the forces. The soldiers responded with live fire, injuring and killing al-Qatri. The 22-year-old was set to be married next week.

Palestinians carry the body of Eissa al-Qotri during his funeral at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

Palestinians carry the body of Eissa al-Qotri during his funeral at the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on September 10, 2014 during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

Haaretz reported that the soldiers had opened fire on the young Palestinian when they reportedly saw that he was about to throw an explosive device toward them. The army stated that the raid on the refugee camp led to the arrest of a wanted Palestinian, who was found with weapons in his possession.

During al-Qatri’s funeral procession in Ramallah shots were fired into the air and mourners expressed their outrage that 32 Palestinians had been killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces in a two-month period beginning on June 13, according to Ma’an.

Violent clashes also broke out Monday between police and Palestinians after the funeral of a 16-year-old Palestinian who died on Sunday, a week after being shot by Israeli police and sustaining a head injury during protests in the city.

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PHOTOS: Fierce clashes in East Jerusalem after police kill young Palestinian

Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Sunuqrut died Sunday, a week after being shot by police. Following his funeral procession, clashes broke out throughout East Jerusalem between Palestinian youths and Israeli police.

Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the funeral Monday evening of Mohammad Sunuqrut, who died on Sunday, a week after being shot by Israeli police during a protest in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz.

Sunuqrut, 16, was allegedly shot with a new type of sponge-tipped bullet, which caused his injury and him to collapse. Police admit to shooting at him but claim that his death was caused when he fell and hit his head. According to the family, however, he was shot directly in the head at close range, which caused his injury and subsequent death. The results of an autopsy conducted Monday have not yet been released.

Hundreds of people escorted Sunuqrut’s body in a funeral procession Monday evening in Wadi Joz. Following the funeral, which passed through the Al Aqsa compound, riots and heavy clashes broke out throughout East Jerusalem between Palestinian youths and Israeli police.

Muhammad Sunuqrut's body is prepared for the funeral procession, East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Muhammad Sunuqrut’s body is prepared for the funeral procession, East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Women gather at the Sunuqrut family home in Wadi Joz, East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Women gather at the Sunuqrut family home in Wadi Joz, East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Muhammad Sunuqrut’s funeral procession passes through the Al Aqsa compound, East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Muhammad Sunuqrut’s funeral procession passes through the Al Aqsa compound, East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Rioting and clashes in Wadi Joz following the funeral of Muhammad Sunuqrut, East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Rioting and clashes in Wadi Joz following the funeral of Muhammad Sunuqrut, East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A policeman is seen following clashes on Salah a-Din Rd. in East Jerusalem, September 8, 2014. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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PHOTOS: Living in the ruins of a shattered Gaza neighborhood

Palestinians struggle to survive among the rubble of their neighborhood, Shujaiyeh, which was leveled by Israeli shelling during last month’s offensive.

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

A Palestinian child stands in a destroyed house in the Shujayea neighborhood, which was heavily attacked during the latest Israeli offensive, east of Gaza City, September 4, 2014. During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,101 Palestinians were killed, including 495 children, and an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless. (Activestills.org)

A Palestinian child stands in a destroyed house in the Shujayea neighborhood, which was heavily attacked during the latest Israeli offensive, east of Gaza City, September 4, 2014. During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,101 Palestinians were killed, including 495 children, and an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless. (Activestills.org)

A group of Palestinian men sit in one of the completely destroyed streets in Shujaiyeh, a neighborhood of east of Gaza City. In front of them, a huge area has been reduced to rubble. Water is flowing into the street as one of the pipes has been damaged. Some tried to dig to fix the pipes but did not manage. Palestinians are very ill-equipped to even clean the rubble, as the level of devastation is overwhelming.

Most of them come to their homes during the day, but go to sleep in another area at night. Most of their homes were destroyed. They still struggle to come to grips with what happened. Their once-lively neighborhood was turned into a ghost town, especially at night when complete darkness covers the streets since the electricity infrastructure was destroyed.

When asked about hopes that their homes might be rebuilt soon, one Palestinian man, Maher, shrugs his shoulders and says, “It all depends on politics.” Like many of his neighbors, Maher lost his home. Built floor by floor starting 30 years ago, the 15 other members of his family who lived there are also now homeless.

“All my money went into this house,” he says. Now Maher has to borrow money in order to rent a place for his family. Rent in Gaza has become much more expensive because so many displaced Palestinians are looking for shelter, increasing the...

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PHOTOS: Israeli forces damage youth centers in Nablus raid

A youth sports club and center for children with disabilities in Nablus sustain serious damage after Israeli forces raid a multi-story building in search of wanted Palestinians.

Text and photos by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org

A Palestinian examines damage to a youth sport club which was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 03, 2014. Israeli forces arrested 26-year-old m Al-Din Abu Riyala, who was injured by live bullets, while others managed to escape. (Activestills.org)

A Palestinian examines damage to a youth sport club which was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. Israeli forces arrested 26-year-old Husam Al-Din Abu Riyala, who was injured by live bullets, while others managed to escape. (Activestills.org)

As happens almost every night in Palestinian cities, towns and villages throughout the West Bank, Israeli forces raided Nablus neighborhoods at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Military jeeps spread out to different areas of the city, especially to refugee camps.

The biggest military operation took place in the southern part of the city, where Israeli forces targeted six Palestinians who were sleeping in a local youth sports club. Their main target was Husam Al-Din Abu Riyala, 26, a Fatah activist who had been issued a summons order last month. Soldiers surrounded the building of the sport club, which was located on the third floor of an apartment building, while another group of soldiers occupied the roof of a neighboring house.

Locals reported that the military fired a heavy barrage of live ammunition toward the club while another group of soldiers used explosives to blow open the main door and enter the building.

Five youths managed to escape from windows, while Abu Riyala was shot in the foot with live bullets before being arrested, according to Ma’an News.

Following the arrest, the military operation ended with a raid on a health center for handicapped children and nursery school located in the same building. At 3:30 a.m., one of the workers from the health center managed to enter the building, discovering that doors had been bombed and other extensive damage.

In a nearby incident, Israeli forces raided al-Ain Refugee Camp in Nablus in an attempt to arrest 77-year-old Palestinian Legislative Council member Ahmad Haj Ali of Hamas. Haj Ali was not in his house when the army arrived. Soldiers have...

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A week in photos: Beyond ceasefire

Palestinians in Gaza celebrate after Israel and Hamas declare a long-term ceasefire to end 51 days of fighting that left at least 2,104 Palestinians and 68 Israelis dead, as well as one Thai national working in Israel. While both Hamas and Israel have declared victory, those most affected by the war are left homeless and mourning.

Israeli activists protest in centre Tel Aviv against the Israeli attack on Gaza, calling to end the violence, August 23, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Israeli activists protest in central Tel Aviv against the Israeli attack on Gaza, calling to end the violence, August 23, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians flash victory signs as hundreds Gazans gather in he streets to celebrate the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on August 26, 2014 in Gaza City.A Palestinian youth holds a sign calling to boycott Israeli goods during the weekly protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, August 22, 2014.(Activestills.org)

Palestinians flash victory signs as hundreds of Gazans gather in the streets to celebrate the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on August 26, 2014 in Gaza City. (Activestills.org)

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PHOTOS: Losing your home twice in one war

Photos and text: Basel Yazouri / Activestills

Sixty-year-old Ibrahim Abu Odeh, otherwise known as Abu Alaa, lives in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. He was forced to flee his house with his family and the rest of the residents of Beit Hanoun, who ran in search of “anywhere close, safe, and provides shelter” when the Israelis began striking it. Abu Alaa lives in a three-story building with six apartments. Each one is occupied by one of his five married sons and their families. That makes 33 people in total, 21 of them children.

“We were all gathered on the ground floor,” he says, “to escape the top floors that are more vulnerable to shelling. We were in the last days of Ramadan, we heard heavy explosions all over town and the surrounding areas. The next morning, the shelling got stronger, we heard the neighbors shouting and we saw houses around us hit directly by missiles, which forced everyone to flee in search of safer places, leaving behind everything we own.” Abu Alaa and his family took refuge in a secondary school for boys in the Jabalya refugee camp, where he said living conditions were unbearable.

After two weeks there, when the first humanitarian ceasefire came into effect, some of Beit Hanoun’s residents, including Abu Alaa and his son Alewa, were able to return to the neighborhood. “We found a horrific sight,” he says. “Houses were destroyed on top of each other and you couldn’t tell them apart. At first I thought that our house was ruined, but as we moved forward we saw four houses that partially survived. One of them was ours.” The house was severely damaged from continuous shelling for days. Last week, Abu Alaa and some of his family members returned to the house again, “because living in the school is no life.”

This story was originally published on August 17, 2014 on the Heber website. Since its publication, the family has had to flee once again due to the renewal of Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

Abu Alaa makes a fire to prepare tea for the family because there is no gas in the house after the shelling of Beit Hanoun. August 11, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

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Photos of the week: Ceasefire begins and ends

This week: Palestinian and Israeli protests across the political, ethnic and religious spectrum; homes and property damaged and destroyed in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel; aid for those suffering; and a wedding under protest.

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrate in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, Nablus, West Bank, August 15, 2014. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrate in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, Nablus, West Bank, August 15, 2014. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Palestinians check the damages caused to the house of wanted Palestinian Zakaria al-Aqra, 24, who was killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Qabalan, Nablus, August 11, 2014. Six people from his family were wounded and parts of his house was destroyed during the 8-hour operation. Qabalan village has been raided several times in the last two weeks by Israeli army. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Palestinians check the damage caused to the house of wanted Palestinian Zakaria al-Aqra, 24, who was killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Qabalan, Nablus, August 11, 2014. Six people from his family were wounded and parts of his house were destroyed during the 8-hour operation. Qabalan village has been raided several times in the last two weeks by the Israeli army. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Ibrahim Abu Odeh (Abu Alaa), 60 years old, stands at his window in the early morning examining what left of his neighborhood. Next to him is one of the rooms of his house, completely destroyed. Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, August 12, 2014. Abu Alaa lives in a three-story building that has six apartments, occupied by his five married sons and their families, 33 people in total, 21 of them children. He was forced to flee his house with his family, along with the residents of Beit Hanoun due to the Israeli attack. They took shelter in the Jabalya secondary school for boys, in Jabalya refugee camp, but returned to their bombed home because of harsh condition in the school. Since then they are living in their destroyed house without electricity and gas. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Ibrahim Abu Odeh (Abu Alaa), 60 years old, stands at his window in the early morning, examining what’s left of his neighborhood. Next to him is one...

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PHOTOS: Tear gas not the only thing connecting Ferguson and Palestine

The tear gas used by the police in Ferguson, Missouri and the Israeli military in the West Bank is only one of several factors that connects the violence against unarmed youth in both communities.

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

A child holds a spent tear gas cartridge labeled "Made in U.S.A." as Bethlehem-area activists displayed U.S.-made crowd control weapons in Manger Square, West Bank, December 2, 2013. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A child holds a spent tear gas cartridge labeled “Made in U.S.A.” as Bethlehem-area activists displayed U.S.-made crowd control weapons in Manger Square, West Bank, December 2, 2013. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

The New York Times’ Robert Mackey recently tweeted a photo of the tear gas cartridges found on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, where police have been using the weapon against demonstrators angry at the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. Both the cartridge and the tactics looked very familiar, and for good reason.

A different tweet noted that the same brand of tear gas was used in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. As reported here last December, those shining shell casings, as well as the rubber-ball variety and spent stun grenades made by the same company, had decorated a tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square at Christmastime as activists gathered those used by the Israeli military less than two kilometers away in Aida Refugee Camp and displayed them for holiday tourists.

A sign hung by activists on a tree in Bethlehem's Manger Square among used tear gas and concussion grenades reads, "This is the USAid to the Palestinians." (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A sign hung by activists on a tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square among used tear gas and stun grenades reads, “This is the USAid to the Palestinians.” (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

As I wrote at the time:

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PHOTOS: Israeli forces kill Palestinian and bulldoze his family house

In an overnight raid in the West Bank village of Qabalan, Israeli forces kill 24-year-old Palestinian Zakaria Al-Aqra and injure six others. They then bulldoze part of his family’s house.

Photos and text by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org

Israeli soldiers search the area during an army operation in which soldiers killed Palestinian Zakaria Al-Aqra, 24, at his family home in the West Bank village of Qabalan, near Nablus, August 11, 2014. Al-Aqra was wanted by Israel. Six other people from his family were wounded and parts of his house were destroyed during the operation which lasted eight hours. Qabalan village has been raided several times in the last two weeks by Israeli army.

Israeli soldiers search the area during an army operation in which soldiers killed Palestinian Zakaria Al-Aqra, 24, at his family home in the West Bank village of Qabalan, near Nablus, August 11, 2014. Al-Aqra was wanted by Israel. Six other people from his family were wounded and parts of his house were destroyed during the operation which lasted eight hours. Qabalan village has been raided several times in the last two weeks by Israeli army. (photo: Activestills.org)

At about midnight on August 11, the Israeli army raided the West Bank village of Qabalan near Nablus. As clashes erupted with the local residents, the military focused its operation in the eastern part of the village on a hill called Al Qantara. Locals reported that they heard fierce exchanges of gunfire at about 2:00 a.m. as the army surrounded two houses of the Al-Aqra family. They said Israeli forces used live bullets and rifle-fired grenades. The army also bombed the entrance of one house.

I arrived at 5:30 a.m. The area was quiet. The clashes had stopped. The army was everywhere in the village. About 15 jeeps were still surrounding the Al-Aqra family house from every side. Two bulldozers were in the area. I could see a whole family detained in one room. The army prevented anyone from entering the area of the operation – even medical staff and journalists. I went to the roof of a nearby house for a better view. I saw a small bulldozer trying to clear a path for a bigger D9 Caterpillar. The smaller bulldozer destroyed electricity towers and platforms. Then, the D9 started to destroy parts of the house, allowing soldiers to enter.

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Photos of the week: Gazans search for normalcy among the ruins

What does life look like in Gaza after both the Israeli army and the media leave?

Photos and Text: Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

People in Gaza are lost and uncertain. They cannot fathom what happened to them, and they cannot predict what might happen in the few next days. People whose houses were destroyed are living in schools. Those whose houses are still standing or damaged came back to live in them, but don’t know how long they can stay. Many even went back to living in schools out of fear that the ceasefire will end.

In Beit Hanoun, people are doing nothing – just waiting for news. They haven’t cleaned their houses or done the normal tasks of daily life. They just returned to their houses because living in the schools is too difficult.

Palestinian man look toward the ruins of Beit Hanoun, North Gaza Strip, August 11, 2014. According to OCHA, during the current attack, 16,800 Homes in the Gaza Strip have been destroyed or severely damaged and 370,000 displaced People hosted at UNRWA, government shelters and with host families. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian man looks at the ruins of Beit Hanoun, North Gaza Strip, August 11, 2014. According to OCHA, 16,800 homes in the Gaza Strip were destroyed or severely damaged,while 370,000 displaced people went to live in UNRWA government shelters or with other families. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian woman walks between the ruins of Beit Hanoun, North Gaza Strip, August 12, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian woman walks between the ruins of Beit Hanoun, North Gaza Strip, August 12, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian retrieves what belongings he can carry from their homes in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza Strip, August 12, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Palestinians retrieve whatever belongings they can carry from their homes in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza Strip, August 12, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

 

Destruction in Beit Hanoun following bombardment by Israeli forces, North Gaza Strip, August 11, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Destruction in Beit Hanoun following bombardment by the Israeli military, North Gaza Strip, August 11, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

 

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Photos of the week: Taking stock before fighting resumes

Israelis and Palestinians licked their wounds during a 3-day cessation of violence, which came to an end Friday morning with renewed fighting. Some Palestinians used the lull in fighting to return to their homes and recover possessions, as well as to retrieve bodies from the rubble of destroyed buildings.

Photos by: Anne Paq, Basel Yazouri, Ahmad Al-Bazz, Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv, Faiz Abu Rmeleh, Keren Manor / Activestills.org

Homes in Beit Lahiya lie in ruins after the Israeli bombing of the Rozanah family home, Gaza Strip, August 2, 2014. The homes of five families were destroyed, leaving 60 people homeless. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Homes in Beit Lahiya lie in ruins after the Israeli bombing of the Rozanah family home, Gaza Strip, August 2, 2014. The homes of five families were destroyed, leaving 60 people homeless. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

The Al-Susi Mosque lies in ruins in Shati' Refugee Camp following Israeli attacks, Gaza City, August 2, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

The Al-Susi Mosque lies in ruins in Shati’ Refugee Camp following Israeli attacks, Gaza City, August 2, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinian women retrieve what belongings they can carry from their homes in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza, August 4, 2014. They had returned to their homes to quickly salvage what they could during a short ceasefire. Most Beit Hanoun residents had fled the heavily bombed areas and have been staying in UNRWA schools or with relatives. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinian women retrieve what belongings they can carry from their homes in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza, August 4, 2014. They had returned to their homes to quickly salvage what they could during a short ceasefire. Most Beit Hanoun residents had fled the heavily bombed areas and were staying in UNRWA schools or with relatives. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

An unexploded bomb lies among the ruins of the Al-Nada towers after they were destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, August 4, 2014. The towers had 90 flats. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

An unexploded bomb lies among the ruins of the Al-Nada towers after they were destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, August 4, 2014. The towers had 90 flats. (Basel...

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PHOTOS: Gaza's half-million internally displaced

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

Palestinians recover belongings from the Khuza'a neighborhood following bombardment by Israeli forces, Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians recover belongings from the Khuza’a neighborhood following bombardment by Israeli forces, Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

The most commonly cited statistic from Gaza is the death toll, now rising past 1,814, according to UN figures. Such numbers can be numbing, as absorbing the reality of so many faces and names is impossible. Yet another staggering figure that is difficult to comprehend is the number of people displaced from their homes, which the UN estimates at 520,000.

Gaza’s half-million displaced residents are one of the most obvious refutations of the the accusation that Hamas uses “human shields.” The Guardian has reported “large numbers of people fleeing different neighborhoods… and no evidence that Hamas had compelled them to stay.” Similarly, The Independent writes that, “Some Gazans have admitted that they were afraid of criticizing Hamas, but none have said they had been forced by the organization to stay in places of danger and become unwilling human shields.”

For its part, the Israeli military has attempted to absolve itself from accusations of war crimes through elaborate measures to warn people living in areas under imminent threat of attack, often in border areas, by dropping leaflets, sending automated voice messages, texts, or in the case of more targeted strikes, even personal phone calls or the so-called “knock-on-roof” unarmed warning missile.

Michael Sfard, writing in Haaretz points out that this military doctrine:

Amnesty International puts it more concisely: “Deliberately attacking a civilian home is a war crime, and the overwhelming scale of destruction of civilian homes, in some cases with entire families inside them, points to a distressing pattern of repeated violations of the laws of war.”

But while the shocking criminality of these practices has contributed to 1,176 civilian deaths in Gaza to date, displaced survivors are now faced with the challenge of enduring further suffering after their homes and much of their worldly possessions have been destroyed. During brief lulls in the fighting, some have ventured back to their homes to retrieve belongings or search for bodies. Many continue to exist in UNRWA...

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PHOTOS: 10,000 march on White House to protest Gaza offensive

Thousands converge on Washington, D.C. to protest Israel’s offensive on Gaza.

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

Some 10,000 demonstrators march on the White House in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

Some 10,000 demonstrators march on the White House in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel’s offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

Some 10,000 activists converged on the White House in Washington, D.C. this weekend to protest Israel’s offensive on Gaza. Politico reported that the event may have been “the largest pro-Palestinian march to take place in the United States.” At least two protesters were arrested, one for “climbing a light pole.”

The Washington Post quoted a police spokesperson acknowledging an “exceptionally large number of protesters,” though D.C. police have declined to issue public crowd estimates for years due to the contentious nature of providing such figures.

The Post was itself a target of the demonstration, which began in front of the White House before marching past various sites in downtown Washington. These included offices of Caterpillar, which makes bulldozers used in the demolition of Palestinian homes and has been a target of divestment campaigns.

Some 10,000 demonstrators march through downtown Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

Some 10,000 demonstrators march through downtown Washington, D.C., to protest Israel’s offensive in Gaza, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children. (Activestills.org)

 

Young protesters carry signs in support of Gaza as thousands march in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel's offensive, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli attacks have killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including 326 children.

Young protesters carry signs in support of Gaza as thousands march in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel’s offensive, August 2, 2014. So far, Israeli...

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