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From a mother's grief to an immigrant's fear: A week in photos - March 7-13

This week: The funeral of a Palestinian killed by Israeli forces; olive tree planters face settlers and soldiers; Women of the Wall’s protest; a Palestinian action against family separations; Beit Safafa resists a road; solidarity with Samer Issawi continues; Israelis protest for human rights and animal rights, and African immigrants face anger in Tel Aviv.

The bereaved mother and sister of Muhammad Asfour cry at his funeral in the West Bank village of Abud, March 8, 2013. Muhammad Asfour, 22, was hit in the head by a rubber coated steel bullet, shot by an Israeli soldier on February 22, 2013 during clashes at the entrance to his home village of Abud, northwest of Ramallah, during a solidarity protest for hunger striking Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons. Asfour succumbed to his fatal injury after two weeks in the hospital. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)


Palestinians carry the body of Muhammad Asfour during his funeral procession in the West Bank village of Abud, March 8, 2013. (Photo by: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


Israeli soldier tries to prevent Palestinian from planting olive trees on land which could be confiscated by the settlement of Yitzhar in Asira AlQibliya village, West Bank, March 11, 2013. All Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal under international law. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


Israeli settlers try to attack international and Palestinian activists during an activity for planting olive trees on land which could be confiscated by the settlement of Yitzhar in Asira AlQibliya village, West Bank, March 11, 2013. Settlers armed with slingshots and stones descended the hill toward the residents of Asira AlQibliya. In the ensuing altercation, tear gas and rubber bullets were fired by the Israeli army toward the residents of Asira. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


Israeli Jewish women read from a Torah scroll during a prayer session near the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 12, 2013. The prayer was organized by the Women of Wall, a group which calls for rights of women to pray at Judaism’s holiest site without restriction. In the past months, the Israeli police arrested women who attended the prayers. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)


A Palestinian activist holds a sign during an action against the separation policy between Palestinians living in the West Bank married to Palestinians living in Jerusalem or Israel, Hizma checkpoint, West Bank, March 9, 2012. The action, which included a mock wedding, was suppressed by the Israeli army which prevented a bus of activists from reaching the place of the action, as well as a bride from the Jerusalem side. (Photo by: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


Residents of Beit Safafa march with torches to protest the four-lane highway that will cut through their town in East Jerusalem, March 7, 2013. The road is being constructed on privately owned land that had been designated for building homes in the densely populated town, and is being built despite the objections of local residents. The road will connect the various Israeli settlements of the southern West Bank with Jerusalem and is part of an ongoing campaign to isolate and surround the Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem with Israeli settlements. (Photo by: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


Activists demonstrate solidarity with Samer Issawi, on hunger strike in Israeli prison for more than 200 days, and other Palestinian political prisoners, Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem, March 12, 2013. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)


Activists hold a direct action in front of G4S security company offices in Petah Tikva, Israel on March 13, 2013. The activists were protesting G4S involvement in the occupation. (Photo by: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)


Animal rights activists hold a demonstration in the center of Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 8, 2013. (Photo by :Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)


Palestinians demonstrate against the Israeli settlement of Shavi Shomron. One of the most serious problems facing the Palestinians in the area is the sewage water flowing from the settlement to the farmers’ agriculture lands. Sebastia, West Bank, March 8, 2013. All Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal under international law. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


An Eritrean women seeks safety inside an internet cafe owned by immigrants, as police stand guard outside, after Israeli protesters tried to brake in during a protest against African immigrants in south Tel Aviv, March 13, 2013. The protest was held after an African immigrant allegedly broke into a house in south Tel Aviv, stole a phone, and stabbed an Israeli woman earlier that day. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)

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    1. Pooch

      Where is the picture of the Israeli baby that had rocks thrown at her by Arabs this week? What is with this website? So biased.

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    2. Sewage water flowing onto Palestinian agricultural land? This must be because the PA has refused to negotiate a water resource agreement……

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    3. Michal

      Does anyone else notice how the pic of Palestinian protesters holding up signs…..the put the women in front and all the men are behind. A classic case of Arabs hiding behind their women and children. Willing to sacrifice then just to prove a point.

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      • JG

        Says a classic zionist macho hiding behind made up nicknames…..LOL

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      • leen

        Seems to me in the picture the men are headed in the other direction.

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      • You’re making a few problematic assumptions here – the first one being that women have no political agency of their own, the second that men run everything and tell the women what to do, and the third that people were explicitly looking to get themselves killed. As it happens, women are highly involved in the popular protests and they’re more than capable of making their own decisions. High female involvement in peace and justice activism is a phenomenon you can see in many other contexts, not just in Palestine.

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        • Precisely because women are, generally, often culturally excluded from action, they can be one of the core drivers of nonviolent action. In such cases, women can see things many men cannot: how hurt happens, how it can be dodged, what replies are possible. Being labeled inefectual does not poke one’s eyes out.

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