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A week in photos: September 6-12

Palestinian protests against the cost of living and PA leadership grew in size and intensity, as weekly demonstrations continued and threats of demolition and settler violence remain a fact of life under occupation. Israelis also took to the streets over media and social justice issues. Activestills images tell the stories of the week.

A masked protester wears a sign reading “we did not forget the Mofaz days” (referring to earlier protests against a planned visit by then Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz) during a protest marching to the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West bank city of Ramallah to protest the rising cost of living, especially fuel and food, and calling for the resignation of the PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, September 11, 2012. Protesters condemned increases in taxes, cuts to public sector wages, and the Paris Protocol on Economic Relations, an agreement signed with Israel in 1994, which laid out the economic relations between Israel and the PA within the Oslo framework. Some protesters also called for the end of the Oslo accords. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians march in the West bank city of Bethlehem to protest the rising cost of living, especially fuel and food, and to call for the resignation of the Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and an end to neoliberal economic policies, September 10, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinian taxi drivers flood Hebron Road in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to protest the high cost of fuel and food, September 10, 2012. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Among the Palestinian cost of living protests in Bethlehem, a demonstrator carries a sign that reads, “Our prisoners, we will not forget you all! Samer Barq, Hassan Safadi, Ayman Sharawneh, Samer Issawi” in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, September 8, 2012.  (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A trailer truck carries sections of the Israeli separation wall east on Route 1 past the Shu’fat neighborhood of East Jerusalem, September 11, 2012. Construction continues on the Israeli wall, of which only approximately 75% of the planned route has been completed. So far, 85% of its route is built on Palestinian land, rather than the internationally recognized Green Line between Israel and the West Bank. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Hundreds of “Maariv” daily newspaper employs protest against the planned selling of the media group and expected layoffs of about 300 employees or more, September 11, 2012. The workers demanded that management ensure their social rights. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Agricultural work continues in the West Bank village of Jinba, located in the South Hebron Hills, September 6, 2012. Jinba is one of the 12 Palestinian traditional villages located in the Israeli military’s “Firing zone 918” and thus slated for demolition by Israeli authorities. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills)

Israeli activists protest the Judaization of East Jerusalem in front of the City of David settlement in Silwan, East Jerusalem, on September 6, 2012. The protest took place as Elad, the organization which is responsible for the settlement, held its 13th annual archaeological conference, showcasing its excavations in Silwan and agenda to “restore” the neighborhood’s supposed Jewish heritage. Alongside its extensive archeological and tourist activities, Elad has established several residential settlements in Silwan, planting a Jewish presence in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood, and setting in motion a chain of events which last year resulted in a series of clashes with hundreds of arrests and at least two deaths. (photo: JC/Activestills.org)

Israeli soldiers stack assault rifles and copies of the Torah during preparations for a ceremony at the Wailing Wall Square in which hundreds of new recruits of the Israeli army, who have just finished basic training, will be inducted into their units. At these ceremonies, recruits swear allegiance to the State of Israel and are given their final unit’s distinctive beret, alongside a copy of the Torah and an assault rifle. (photo: JC/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian child looks as Israeli soldiers approach his home during the weekly demonstration against the occupation and Israeli settlements held in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, September 7, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A youth from Hebron looks through a door of a house to see if the Israeli settlers who have taken it over are inside, September 9, 2012. If the settlers would indeed be home, going further down the alley would be a dangerous endeavor, as these settlers are known to attack passersby at random. Following the illegal takeover of several buildings by Israeli settlers, the area known as H2 has been separated from the rest of the city of Hebron and is currently under full Israeli control, with a heavy presence of military forces. Through harassment, repeated violent attacks by settlers, and outright closure orders, Israeli authorities have closed all shops on Shuhada Street, once a busy commercial avenue, and effectively turned the area into a ghost-town buffer zone around approximately 400 Israeli settlers who have moved there, affecting the lives of more than 20,000 Palestinian residents of Hebron. (photo: JC/Activestills.org)

Palestinians hold a Catholic mass as a weekly nonviolent witness against the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, September 7, 2012. If completed as planned, the wall would cut off the Cremisan monastery from the Beit Jala community, blocking access to one of the Bethlehem area’s last remaining green spaces, and a source of employment for area residents. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Activists block a main street in Tel Aviv on September 8, 2012 during a protest calling for social justice. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Israeli police prevent a delegation from Physicians for Human Rights from entering the zone where African refugees are being held on Israel’s southern border, September 6, 2012. About 20 Eritrean refugees, including a 14-year-old child, were trapped between fences on the Israel-Egypt border for one week without food and water. (photo: SG/Activestills.org)

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