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Photos: Palestinians protest occupation, block roads throughout West Bank

Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists block 446 highway during a day of coordinated protests throughout the West Bank, this one near the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 14, 2012. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists blocked roads throughout the West Bank on Wednesday in a coordinated direct action to protest the occupation. The specific focus of the demonstration varied from location to location, with some activists citing support for the Palestinian bid to upgrade its status at the UN later this month, tomorrow’s anniversary of the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, the anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death, and Palestinian National Youth Week.

Activists in some locations were successful in blocking traffic for some time, while in others Israeli forces used sound bombs, tear gas, and arrests to disperse crowds.

Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists block Road 60, near the West Bank village of Ein Yabrud, November 14, 2012. (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

 

An Israeli settler uses his cell phone to take photos as Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists block Road 60 during a day of coordinated demonstrations blocking roads throughout the occupied territories, this one near the West Bank village of Ein Yabrud, November 14,2012. (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

 

A Palestinian man and a Israel settler argue as Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists block Road 60 during a day of coordinated demonstrations blocking roads throughout the occupied territories, this one near the West Bank village of Ein Yabrud, November 14,2012. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Israeli border policemen try to arrest a Palestinian activist as activists block 446 highway during a day of coordinated protests throughout the West Bank, this one near the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 14, 2012. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Israeli border policemen arrest a Palestinian activist as activists block 446 highway during a day of coordinated protests throughout the West Bank, this one near the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 14, 2012. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian, Israeli and International activists march inside the DCO checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 14, 2012. (photo: Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian and international activists march along Route 60 past the Israeli settlement of Efrat, November 14, 2012. The activists intended to join with others at Al Nashash Junction near Bethlehem to block traffic on Route 60, the main north-south highway in the West Bank. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

An Israeli soldier grabs an international activist by the neck while attempting to make an arrest, Al Nashash Junction, November 14, 2012. The activists intended to block traffic on Route 60, the main north-south highway in the West Bank. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

Israeli soldiers block the path of Palestinian marchers attempting to block Route 60 near the Al Nashash Junction, November 14, 2012. Activists at this event named Palestinian National Youth Week as the reason for the demonstration. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

A Palestinian and French activist are arrested by Israeli forces for blocking the path of israeli military vehicles during a demonstration at Al Nashash Junction, November 14, 2012. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

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  • COMMENTS

    1. These residents live lives essentially of involuntary servitude. Their protests are a self-actualization which harms no one in the way their lives have been harmed to truncation. These before you refuse to harm as they have been harmed: we should all want them to grow, for they are forging a social alternative, not destroying.

      The rule of law cannot survive implementation by racial category. Already the stress is evident in Israel proper: for as no “foreign” race shall be what you say, nor shall all of your own citizens, race aside. Defense by race alone is unsustainable, for us all.

      Traffic are the arteries of life. Blocking such with one’s direct presence says “we are here too.” That’s the thing about existence: no one owns it in monopoly. If you want to live there, you must live with all there.

      This day is nonviolence. There will be more, I think.

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      • AJM

        I hope so.

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    2. rsgengland

      Is it not time to arrest and deport foreign activists that are breaking either Israeli civil or military law.
      Israel is accused of using strong arm tactics .
      If you are accused of something , might as well actually do what they accuse Israel of

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