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PHOTOS: Clashes follow funeral of 14-year-old Palestinian-American

Orwah Hammad, the second American minor to be killed beyond the Green Line last week, was shot by Israeli soldiers. Thousands turn out for his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad. In East Jerusalem Palestinians hold symbolic funeral for the man who ran down and killed an Israeli-American baby.

Palestinians shout slogans as they carry the body of 14-year-old Palestinian-American Orwah Hammad at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians shout slogans as they carry the body of 14-year-old Palestinian-American Orwah Hammad at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of people attended the funeral of 14-year-old Palestinian-American Orwah Hammad in the West Bank village of Silwad on Sunday.

Hammad was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier on Friday. His family told the AP that he was with a group of youths who were throwing stones at soldiers. Israel claims the teenager was about to throw a Molotov cocktail at Israeli traffic on a West Bank highway.

The funeral was postponed until Sunday to allow Hammad’s father to arrive from New Orleans. The U.S. State Department last week called for a “speedy and transparent” investigation into the boy’s death.

Mourners carry the body of 14-year-old Palestinian-American Orwah Hammad at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Mourners carry the body of 14-year-old Palestinian-American Orwah Hammad at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Women mourn as Palestinians carry the body of 14-year-old Palestinian-American Orwah Hammad at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Women mourn as Palestinians carry the body of 14-year-old Palestinian-American Orwah Hammad at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians pray at the funeral of 14-year-old Palestinian-American Orwah Hammad, in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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PHOTOS: Right-wing protest demands 'revenge,' clashes in E. Jerusalem

 A day after an attack that took the life of a three-month-old Israeli girl, over 150 right-wing activists called for vengeance and the expulsion of Palestinians. Continued restrictions on worship lead to clashes in East Jerusalem.

Photos and text by Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org

Palestinians perform Friday Prayer at the neighbourhood of Ras Al-Amud in East Jerusalem due to Israeli Government's entrance restriction to the al-Aqsa Mosque for the Palestinians under the age of 40, October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians perform Friday prayers in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East Jerusalem due to Israeli restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians under the age of 40, October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Israeli police prevented Muslim worshipers under 40 from entering the Aqsa Mosque on Friday. Because of the restrictions, hundreds of Palestinians from East Jerusalem held their Friday prayers near makeshift police checkpoints at the edge of the adjacent Palestinian neighborhoods.

After prayers, police pushed worshipers into the adjacent East Jerusalem neighborhoods. Palestinian youth threw rocks at police forces at Ras al-Amud, which were answered by stun grenades.

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In Wadi Joz, undercover police dressed as Palestinian men arrested three young men after the prayers came to an end.

In the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, dozens of young men marched toward the local gas station, where a large group of Israeli police had been stationed since morning. The youth burned tires and threw rocks. The police then entered the neighborhood and shot large amounts of rubber bullets and tear gas.

In Silwan, the East Jerusalem neighborhood where the suspect in the terror attack lived, clashes have been taking place on a daily basis since the attack, and before that in response to new settlement homes in the neighborhood. Police were expected to hand over the body of Abdulrahman Shallodi late Saturday night for burial.

Palestinians perform Friday Prayers at the neighberhood of Ras Al-Amud due to Israeli Government's entrance restriction to the al-Aqsa Mosque for the Palestinians under the age of 40 in Jerusalem, October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians perform Friday prayers in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East Jerusalem due to Israeli restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians...

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PHOTOS: Palestinians watch harvest season disappear before their eyes

In the village of Salem, as elsewhere in the West Bank, Palestinians are forced to harvest their olives according to the whims and restrictions of Israeli authorities.

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

Israeli soldiers watch Palestinian farmers harvest olives in Salem village, near Nablus, West Bank, October 9, 2014. Palestinian farmers who have olive groves near Israeli settlements, army bases or bypass roads are restricted in their access to their land. This year, Salem villagers were allowed to harvest their land for only five days.

Israeli soldiers watch Palestinian farmers harvest olives in Salem village, near Nablus, West Bank, October 9, 2014. Palestinian farmers who have olive groves near Israeli settlements, army bases or bypass roads are restricted in their access to their land. This year, Salem villagers were allowed to harvest their land for only five days. (photo: Activestills.org)

As every year in October, Palestinian families in the West Bank head to their groves in order to begin the olive harvest season. The harvest for any given family might take a few days or several weeks depending on the number of olive trees they have.

In the village of Salem, near Nablus, the daily olive harvest routine is for families to go out at 6:00 in the morning and work until sunset. All family members participate in the harvest, from children to the elderly.  The families that have groves near their houses and far from settlements can work freely. Families that have groves near Israeli settlements, military bases or bypass roads can only harvest according to a schedule imposed by Israeli authorities.

This year, Israeli authorities gave only five days to Salem residents who have lands behind the Israeli bypass road and nearby settlement outposts of Elon Moreh. These families have to finish their harvest in this limited time regardless of their number of olive trees.

Some families decided to start harvesting on the days before those dictated by the Israeli authorities’ schedule in order to be able to finish all of their trees. Some succeeded, while others were caught by Israeli authorities and forced to stop working and leave their land. At the same time, other residents said that soldiers forced them to stop the harvest at noon even on days that were supposed to be allowed according to the schedule.

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PHOTOS: Protests in Jerusalem over Aqsa Mosque closures

Several members of Knesset join protests against heightened restrictions on Muslim access to the holy site while Jewish visits by right-wing activists increase due to Jewish holy days.

Text and photos by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org

Protesters outside the Old City of Jerusalem, October 15, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Protesters outside the Old City of Jerusalem, October 15, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Hundreds of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem and northern Israel demonstrated outside the Old City’s Lions’ Gate early Wednesday morning. Police prevented them from entering Al Aqsa compound.

The protest was against right-wing Jewish activists entering the Aqsa Compound/Temple Mount at the same time that Israeli police are preventing Muslim men from entering the compound to pray. Police have stopped male worshipers under the age of 50 from entering Al Aqsa in recent weeks, particularly during the Jewish High Holidays.

A number of clashes and protests have taken place inside and around the compound in recent weeks, largely focused on visits to the site by Jews, most of whom are right-wing activists; police close the site to Muslim worshippers during such visits.

Anger in East Jerusalem is rising, a local journalist explained to +972, over the combination of the fact that police have been permitting Jews to enter the holy site, which most Palestinians view as a provocation, while at the same time making harsher the restrictions on Muslims who may pray there.

Members of Knesset Haneen Zoabi, Mohammad Barakeh, Ibrahim Sarsour attended the demonstration on Wednesday, and were given permission to enter Al Aqsa Mosque. When a Jewish tour group left, a group of Palestinian women from the protest were allowed to enter as well. Police, however, declared the gathering an illegal demonstration and began pushing the protesters toward the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz, where they used stun grenades and water canons. Police arrested at least four protesters.

MK Haneen Zoabi tries to enter the Aqsa Mosque via the Lions’ Gate, October 15, 2014. Police eventually let her and other members of Knesset enter. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

MK Haneen Zoabi tries to enter the Aqsa Mosque via the Lions’ Gate, October 15, 2014. Police eventually let her and other members of Knesset enter. (Photo by Oren...

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PHOTOS: Protesters compare High Court to ISIS at anti-refugee rally

Far-right protest against High Court decision to close Holot detention center greeted by flower-bearing asylum seekers.

Around 100 people, including far-right activists and residents of south Tel Aviv, protested Sunday night against asylum seekers and against the High Court decision to close the Holot detention center within 90 days.

Residents of south Tel Aviv and right-wing activists protest against the Israeli High Court decision to cancel the "infiltrator law" and close the Holot detention center, South Tel Aviv, October 5, 2014. (Activestills)

Residents of south Tel Aviv and right-wing activists protest against the Israeli High Court decision to cancel the “infiltrator law” and close the Holot detention center, South Tel Aviv, October 5, 2014. (Activestills)

Some protesters, among them former extremist Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari and radical anti-miscegenation group Lehava’s chairman Benzi Gupstein, waved black flags that said “High Court” on them, drawing the comparison between Israel’s highest legal body and the Islamic State, or ISIS.

Former MK Michael Ben-Ari speaks during a protest against the Israeli High Court decision to cancel the "infiltrator law" and to close the Holot detention center, South Tel Aviv, October 5, 2014. (Activestills)

Former MK Michael Ben-Ari speaks during a protest against the Israeli High Court decision to cancel the “infiltrator law” and to close the Holot detention center, South Tel Aviv, October 5, 2014. (Activestills)

Protestors marched to Levinsky Park, where several refugees awaited them with flowers in hand. They said they understand the problems facing the residents of south Tel Aviv, but that they did not choose to live there, but were put on buses headed for Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station after being released from Saharonim (the prison where asylum seekers were placed before Holot was built).

African asylum seekers hold flowers as residents of south Tel Aviv and right-wing activists protest against the Israeli High Court decision to cancel the "infiltrator law" and close the Holot detention center, South Tel Aviv, October 5, 2014. (Activestills)

African asylum seekers hold flowers as residents of south Tel Aviv and right-wing activists protest against the Israeli High Court decision to cancel the “infiltrator law” and close the Holot detention center, South Tel Aviv, October 5, 2014. (Activestills)

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The month in photos: Building Gaza anew, building new settlements

The most compelling images of September’s top stories in Palestine, Israel and beyond. This month: Rebuilding Gaza, new settlements in East Jerusalem, anti-occupation protests in the West Bank, Palestinian teen’s killers on trial, and poor Tel Aviv residents lose a long fight to keep their homes.

Palestinians hold placards during a demonstration outside the District Court in Jerusalem on September 3, 2014 during the trial of three Israeli suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khader, who was kidnapped from East Jerusalem on July 2 and burned to death by Jewish extremists in a suspected revenge attack for the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers.

Palestinians hold placards during a demonstration outside the District Court in Jerusalem on September 3, 2014 during the trial of three Israeli suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped from East Jerusalem on July 2 and burned to death by Jewish extremists in a suspected revenge attack for the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers. (photo: Activestills)

 

Palestinian children gather possessions among the rubble of their house that was demolished by the Jerusalem municipality in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, September 3, 2014.

Palestinian children gather possessions among the rubble of their house that was demolished by the Jerusalem municipality in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, September 3, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

 

A tent sits among the rubble in a destroyed section of the Shujayea neighborood, which was heavily attacked during the latest Israeli offensive, Gaza City, September 4, 2014. During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,131 Palestinians were killed, including 501 children, and an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless.

A tent sits among the rubble in a destroyed section of the Shujayea neighborood, which was heavily attacked during the latest Israeli offensive, Gaza City, September 4, 2014. During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,131 Palestinians were killed, including 501 children, and an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless. (photo: Activestills)

 

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PHOTOS: Gaza's children face an uncertain future

Israel’s latest offensive on the Gaza Strip killed more than 500 children. Those who survive must endure ongoing trauma and displacement.

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

Mohammed, age 11, stands in the remains of his home in the Al Nada Towers of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip after they were destroyed by Israeli strikes. The towers had 90 flats, the homes of many families.

Mohammed, age 11, stands in the remains of his home in the Al Nada Towers of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip after they were destroyed by Israeli strikes. The towers had 90 apartments, home to many families. (photo: Activestills.org)

I visited Al Nada towers in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip after they were destroyed by Israeli strikes. The towers had 90 apartments, home to many families. Mohammed, an 11-year-old child, was sitting on top of rubble, waiting to go to school. As I was working on a series of images of destroyed bedrooms, I asked him to bring me to his home to show me his room. We climbed together over more rubble to access the second floor of the tower. Almost nothing remained of his room. It was completely burned and the walls had been blown off. Mohammed told me what he misses the most is “everything” — but especially his computer and his books. Since that encounter, I keep asking myself: what will Mohammed’s view of the world be after his little universe was destroyed this summer? A home can be rebuilt, but what about the psychological impact on his generation?

In Gaza, where the population is very young (over 60 percent of Gazans are under the age of 25), children are everywhere — and they are also the most vulnerable in conflict. Stuck in Gaza, these children only know the occupation and many have already witnessed several Israeli military operations. The latest Israeli offensive, named Operation Protective Edge, lasted for seven weeks and killed more than 500 children. More than 3,000 were injured, and 1,500 lost at least one parent. Most are traumatized. According to the UN, 373,000 children in Gaza are in immediate need of psychological assistance.

Their feeling of insecurity has worsened as many children lost what they consider to be their safe haven: their homes....

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PHOTOS: Palestinians protest Ramallah firm's role in displacing Bedouin

Palestinians in Ramallah protest the Assia architectural firm’s collaboration with the Israeli Civil Administration in a project to forcibly relocate Bedouin in the West Bank.

Palestinian activists protest in front of the office of Assia architectural company in Ramallah, West Bank, September 21, 2014. Activists discovered major cooperation between Assia company and the Israeli Civil Administration in connection with the 'E1' project east of Jerusalem. Last week, Israel announced that government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Palestinian Bedouin east of Jerusalem to a new town in the Jordan Valley were drafted without consulting the tribes. According to activists, Assia has agreed to take on the project. The new town, to be named Ramat Nu’eimeh, will be built in Area C, near Jericho in the Jordan Valley, and is slated to house about 12,500 people from Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley and the Ma'ale Adumim area. (photo: Activestills)

Palestinian activists protest in front of the office of Assia architectural company in Ramallah, West Bank, September 21, 2014. Activists discovered major cooperation between Assia company and the Israeli Civil Administration in connection with the ‘E1′ project east of Jerusalem. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills)

Israel’s Civil Administration, the military government that rules over Palestinians in the West Bank, is pushing forward with a plan to remove thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from lands in the occupied West Bank, including an especially contentious area east of Jerusalem known as ‘E1.’ The plan calls for the forcible relocation of as many as 12,500 Bedouin to a new town in the Jordan Valley.

Activists recently discovered that the latest plan was commissioned to a Palestinian architectural firm called Assia, which is based in Ramallah. To protest the company’s collaboration with the Israeli Civil Administration, Palestinian activists held a protest outside the firm’s office Sunday.

[Op-ed] When displacing Arabs, the Green Line doesn’t exist

Haaretz reported that members of the Rashaida tribe currently live on the land that is earmarked for the new town in the Jordan Valley, and four years ago they consented in principle to its establishment, reassured by the fact that the planners were Palestinian.

The new town, to be called Talet Nueima, will be built in Area C near Jericho in the Jordan Valley, and is slated to house about 12,500 people from Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley and the Jerusalem area.

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PHOTOS: Amid rubble and trauma, Gaza goes back to school

With displaced families still living in some schools, and despite severe damage to classrooms, Gaza’s children return to school after a summer of Israeli bombardment.

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

The high school certificate of Adeel,Balata in the ruins of the home of her father Abdelkarim Balata, which was destroyed during an Israeli strike which killed eleven members of the family, Jabalia refugee camp, September 14, 2014. Adeel (17) whose nickname was 'Delo' was killed during the attack. She was a brillant student and wanted to be a doctor. Amid the victims were the almost entire family of Naim Balata who was killed together with his wife and 6 of his children. Only Ala Balata, 18, survived out of the family of Naim who were actually taking refugee in the home of Naim's brother, Abdelkarim. Also killed was the brother of Abdelkarim, Nasme together with his wife (Wafa) and his 1 year and an half son (Abdelkarim). During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,131 Palestinians were killed, including 501 children, and an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless.

The high school certificate of Adeel Balata lies in the ruins of the home of her father Abdelkarim Balata, which was destroyed in an Israeli strike that killed 11 members of the family, Jabalia Refugee Camp, September 14, 2014. Adeel (17), whose nickname was ‘Delo,’ was killed during the attack. She was a brilliant student and wanted to be a doctor, her family says. Among the victims was almost the entire family of Naim Balata, who was killed together with his wife and six of his children. Only Ala Balata, 18, survived.

Despite damaged classrooms and destroyed schools, Gaza’s school year began this week after delays due to the recent Israeli offensive known as Operation Protective Edge. According to Gaza Education Ministry official Ziad Thabet, the first weeks of classes will focus on recreational activities and psychological counseling to help children recover from the trauma sustained during this summer’s attacks.

During the seven weeks of military strikes, 29 schools were totally destroyed and about 232 damaged. According to the UN, Israel’s attacks killed least 2,131 Palestinians, including 501 children. Rockets launched from Gaza killed six civilians in Israel, including...

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PHOTOS: Working class neighborhood takes to TA streets ahead of evictions

On the eve of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, 20 families are expected to be evicted from their homes in the Givat Amal neighborhood without just compensation. Neighborhood residents and supporters took to the streets in north Tel Aviv and blocked main roads to protest the imminent eviction.

Photos and text: Keren Manor/Activestills

Residents and supporters of the embattled north Tel Aviv neighborhood of Givat Amal gathered on Monday to demonstration against the feared impending eviction of 20 families. The families, whose homes sit on land purchased by Israeli tycoon Yitzhak Tshuva, are in danger of immediate eviction next Wednesday, without just compensation, and may find themselves on the streets on the eve of the Jewish New Year. Tshuva plans to build luxury apartment towers where the homes stand today.

At a Tel Aviv City Council meeting held on September 14, a majority voted to order the municipality to contact police and ask them to postpone evictions until after the holidays. In addition, the city council decided to follow up on mediation efforts by the municipality between residents and landowners.

About 200 residents and supporters gathered in the neighborhood’s protest tent before starting their march. MKs Dov Khenin and Ayelet Shaked who took part in the demonstration put out a joint statement, saying:

“We urge entrepreneurs and police to stop the evictions and to act in accordance with the requests of the Knesset and the municipality. Hold fair negotiations with the residents about compensation and not to throw people out of their homes.”

The protest tent in the neigborhood. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

The protest tent in the neighborhood. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

The demonstrators descended from the neighborhood toward one of Tel Aviv’s busiest intersections, blocking the road and chanting against the planned evictions. Residents of the Kfar Shalem Summayel neighborhoods, which are facing similar eviction orders, came to express their solidarity and support in the fight.

Demonstrators blocking the road in the entrance to the neigborhood. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Demonstrators blocking the road at the entrance to the neighborhood. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Blocking Namir road. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Blocking Namir Road. The sign in the center reads: ‘Eviction without compensation – over my dead body’ (Keren Manor/Activestills)

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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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