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A week in photos: December 13-19

Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, anti-immigrant protests, Hamas marks 25 years in the West Bank, and more. Activestills images tell the stories of the week.

Prisoners’ relatives participate in a protest in front of Najah National University in the West Bank city of Nablus in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners still on hunger strike in Israel prisons; Ayman Sharawna (171days), Samer Issawi (140 days) and three more prisoners, December 18, 2012. (photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


Palestinians press their hands against riot shields held by Israeli soldiers during a weekly demonstration against the occupation and separation wall in the West Bank village of Al Ma’asara, December 14, 2012. The Israeli separation wall, if built as planned, would cut off the village from its agricultural lands. (photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)


An activist waves a Palestinian flag during the weekly protest against the wall and the occupation in the West Bank village of Bil’in, December 14, 2012. (photo by: Guest photographer Hamde Abu Rahma/Activestills.org)


Israeli women shout racist slogans at asylum seekers during a demonstration against African asylum seekers in Levinsky Park in Tel Aviv on December 19, 2012. The demonstration was led by extreme right MK Michael Ben-Ari. (photo by: Yotam Ronem/Activestills.org)


Tens of thousands of Palestinians celebrate Hamas’ 25th anniversary in the West Bank city of Nablus, December 13, 2012. This is the first time since 2007 that the Palestinian Authority has allowed Hamas to mark the anniversary in the West Bank. (photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/ Activestills.org)


A Palestinian youth holds a mock rocket as thousands of Palestinians celebrate Hamas’ 25th anniversary in the West Bank city of Hebron, December 14, 2012. This is the first time since 2007 that the Palestinian Authority has allowed Hamas to celebrate its anniversary in the West Bank. (photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)


Israeli journalists protest the plan to close Channel 10 and the local news network, in front of the Likud offices in center Tel Aviv, December 18, 2012. (photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)


A Palestinian activist plants olive trees during a solidarity visit in Khirbat Tana, near Nablus, West Bank, December 14, 2012. Khirbat Tana is a community of around 250 people, located in Area C, southeast of Nablus, in an area declared “closed” by the Israeli military for training purposes. The residents, who have lived in the area for decades, reside in basic shelters (tents, tin structures, old caves) and rely on herding and agriculture for their livelihood. The community has faced several demolitions over the last years and is at risk of being displaced. (photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

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    1. Hands on either side of the transparent riot shield (photo 2) is symbolic. As though the world is trying to tell us something.

      Glad the PA allowed the Hamas rally. Nothing to be gained by silencing.

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