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A week in photos: January 10-16

The struggle for Bab al-Shams goes on, as do demolitions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank; a hunger striker has his day in court; weekly demonstrations against the occupation; farmers face rubber bullets in South Africa; and Palestinians in Jerusalem defend their community.  

Palestinian activists construct a tent in Bab al-Shams, “Gate of the Sun”, E1 area, January 11, 2013. The village was constructed by the Popular Committees to protest Israeli settlement construction. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)


Police evict the people of the newly set up Palestinian tent village Bab al-Shams, established by Palestinian activists in E1, a zone between East Jerusalem and the settlement of Male Adumim. Israel intends to build more settlements there, January 12, 2013. (Photo by Guest photographer: Hamde Abu Rahma/ Activestills.org)


Palestinian activists run during an attempt to return to Bab al-Shams village in the E1 area, January 15, 2013. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


Israeli police arrest Palestinian activists during an attempt to get back to Bab al-Shams village in the E1 area, January 15, 2013. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)


Palestinian photographers pose for a photo after they were beaten and injured by Israeli police during the attempt of Palestinians to get back into Bab al-Shams village in the E1 area, January 15, 2013. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)


Members and relatives of the Isbur family stand next to the ruins of a demolished house. Seven members of the family were displaced after their house was demolished by the Israeli authorities in the South Hebron Hills village of Ad Deirat on January 14, 2013. The same day the Israeli authorities demolished four houses in the South Hebron Hills area, leaving 36 people homeless. (Photo by: Keren Manor/Activestills.org)


An Israeli prison guard escorts Samer Issawi, a Palestinian political prisoner, out of his court hearing in Jerusalem, January 16, 2013. Samer Issawi is on his 174th day of hunger strike, the court postponed the decision in his case to the 5th of February, 2013. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)


The weekly demonstration in Kfer Qaddum, a West Bank village located east of Qalqiliya, January 11, 2013. Kfer Qaddum started to organize regular demonstrations in July 2011, protesting against the blocking of the main road east of the village which used to link it to Nablus. (Photo by: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)


A 20-year-old resident of De-Doorns showing wounds caused by rubber bullets, Western Cape, South Africa, January 11, 2013. Farm workers in the Western Cape, South Africa, have been striking for a wage rise from 69 Rands ($8) a day to 150 Rands ($17) a day. January 9 marked the third strike in many farms around the Western Cape, and De-Doorns became the center of the struggle with workers blocking the N2 highway and clashing with police. After the clashes ended, the police raided houses in the community, breaking doors and windows, and shooting people with rubber bullets at close range in their homes. (Photo by Shachaf Polakow/Activestills.org)


A 10-year-old girl shows her eye injury caused by a rubber bullet, Western Cape, South Africa, January 16, 2013. On the previous day, the police attacked the community with rubber bullets and stun grenades, killing one resident and injuring many others. (Photo by Shachaf Polakow/Activestills.org)


Residents of Beit Safafa protest the plan and construction that has already begun to build a four-lane highway through their village in Jerusalem Municipality, January 16, 2013. The residents are not allowed to submit any objections to the plan to the municipality, although the road goes through many plots of land that were already approved for building. (Photo by: Shiraz Grinbaum/Activestills.org)

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    1. rsgengland

      The Palestinians will do all they can to get back to E1.
      Small groups will push and push, in the hope that one of their number is killed and then they will have their matyr.
      Until they obtain their sacrifice, they will struggle to get what they want, which is interest from the western media.
      Once the western media is brought in , we have the regular emotional hysteria, while leaving rational thought out of the picture.

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      • Mikha

        Those palestinians are resisting military occupation peacefully and Israel use only the violence.

        Don’t blame Hamas for using violence to stop this violence mad occupation

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      • These residents of the Bank will not live as you dictate. They are irrational only because they will not do what they are told.

        You have an open hand before you to alter this conflict and you cannot see. But they can. They see further than you.

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        • Kolumn9

          They are irrational because they reject what they can achieve through negotiations in favor of their desire to fight and damage Israel via any means available.

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    2. The South African photos remind that there is no utopia at the end of this struggle. Sometimes victory removes clarity.

      Because of ActiveStills the events you detail are not longer squashed into unnotice.

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