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From hunger strikes to the Palestine Marathon: A week in photos - April 18-24

This week: Samer Issawi ends his hunger strike, Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian homes and businesses, action for animal rights, West Bank demonstrations, the Boston manhunt, settlement expansion, a new marathon in Bethlehem, and protests by young and old.

Tareq and Layla Issawi, the father and mother of Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi, smile with a portrait of their son in their home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, two days after he signed an agreement with Israeli authorities to end his strike, April 24, 2013. Under the terms of the agreement reached late Monday, April 22, Issawi will be released to his hometown of Jerusalem after serving eight more months in jail, after 266 days of refusing food in protest against his rearrest by Israeli forces after being released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in October 2011. (Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)


The owner of a restaurant, demolished a few hours earlier by the Israeli authorities, stands in front of the ruins, Makhrour Valley Beit, Jala, April 18, 2013. The restaurant was first demolished about one year ago and had just recently re-opened the previous week . (Photo by: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


The weekly demonstration in Kfer Qaddum, a West Bank village located east of Qalqiliya, Friday, April 19, 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)


Israeli activists take part in an action against animal testing, in the city center of Tel Aviv, April 23, 2013. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)


A member of the Jaradat family stands in the remains of his home demolished by Israeli authorities in the Al Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, April 24, 2013. Authorities demolished an addition built for the children of the 45-member Jaradat family. Palestinians are routinely denied permission to build or add to their homes in East Jerusalem as part of a municipal policy designed to maintain a wide Jewish majority in Jerusalem’s population. Israeli forces demolished two other houses in the Al Tur neighborhood on the same day. (Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)


Massachusetts state troopers block a road during the search for the second of two suspects wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Thousands of heavily armed police staged an intense manhunt Friday for the suspect in the Boston marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 with his brother, who was killed in a shootout. (Photo: Tess Scheflan/Activestills.org)


Israeli bulldozers seen in the illegal settlement of Halamish showing the continued building and expansion of the illegal settlement on the stolen lands of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, April 19, 2013. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


Runners race along the Israeli separation wall as hundreds of Palestinian and international athletes took part in the the inaugural Palestine Marathon which took place in Bethlehem, West Bank, April 21, 2013. Under the title “Right to Movement”, runners had to complete two laps of the same route, as organizers were unable to find a single course of 42 uninterrupted kilometers under Palestinian Authority control. (Photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)


Palestinian students of An-Najah National University (NNU) protest after Israeli forces arrested six Hamas student leaders at NNU in the West Bank city of Nablus, April 21, 2013. All of the arrested students are former prisoners. One of them was arrested 5 times before. The Israeli arrest campaign came a few days ahead of the elections at NNU, where Hamas is competing against affiliates from other Palestinian groups for student union positions for the first time since 2006. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


Solidarity demonstration with Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi, including his mother, Layla (second from left), outside Kaplan Hospital in the city of Rehovot took place on April 22, 2013. The protesters came to support Issawi while a court hearing in his case took place inside the hospital. (Photo by: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)


Issawiya residents take part in a spontaneous parade to celebrate the future release of the hunger striker prisoner Sammer Issawi, in his town Issawiya in East Jerusalem, April 23, 2013. (Photo by: Guest photographer: Tali Mayer/Activestills.org)


Elderly Russian Jewish immigrants protest for proper housing solutions and for public housing outside of the Israeli prime minister’s house in Jerusalem, April 23, 2013. (Photo by Guest photographer: Tali Mayer/Activestills.org)

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    1. “The restaurant was first demolished about one year ago and had just recently re-opened the previous week.” : To endure such denial of livelihood is very difficult to comprehend.

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    2. Rau

      As a non jew I find it difficult to comprehend why the jewish authority practice such a discriminatory/inhumane law when it come to house expansion for the arab.

      i hope this has nothing to do with the teaching of judaism. God of all faith suppose to be peace loving and fair to all his subjects.

      Can jews blame others for showing their dislikes for the jews wrongdoing much the same way pepole blame the muslims for the so called terrorism? It seems to me that the term “anti semitic” has been overly manipulated and abused.

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    3. jesus artetxe


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