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In Photos: Int'l Women's Day in Israel-Palestine

Photos by Yotam Ronen, Anne Paq, Basel Yazouri, Oren Ziv, Faiz Abu Rmeleh, Ahmad al-Bazz, Keren Manor / Activestills.org

From asylum seeker struggles to the assault on Gaza, women were on the front lines of some of the major struggles in Israel/PalestineIn honor of International Women’s Day, Activestills brings you the best photos of the women who pushed for justice between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. 

Filipino migrant workers celebrate New Year's Eve in Tel Aviv's southern neighborhood of Neve-Sha'ana, January 1, 2014.

Filipino migrant workers celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tel Aviv’s southern Neve Sha’anan neighborhood, January 1, 2014.

Women Asylum seekers and their children protest against the new detention center and call on the Israeli government to recognize their refugee rights, Tel Aviv, January 15, 2014. Asylum seekers marched from south Tel Aviv to the UNHCR offices and the US embassy, in an action following last week general strike and mass protests.

Women Asylum seekers and their children protest against the new Holot detention center and call on the Israeli government to recognize their rights as refugees, Tel Aviv, January 15, 2014.

Women Asylum seekers and their children protest against the new detention center and calling to the Israeli government to recognize their refugee rights, Tel Aviv, January 15, 2013. Asylum seekers marched from south Tel Aviv to the UNHCR offices to the US embassy, in an action following last week general strike and mass protests.

Women asylum seekers march from south Tel Aviv to the UNHCR offices and the U.S. embassy, to protest the establishment of Holot detention center. Tel Aviv, January 15, 2013.

Women run away from a stun grenade thrown at them by Israeli soldiers during the International Women's Day march in Qalandiya, West Bank on March 8th, 2014. Some 400 women and supporters marched to the Israeli checkpoint holding signs and shouting slogans against the occupation, calling to boycott Israel.

Women run away from a stun grenade thrown at them by Israeli soldiers during the International Women’s Day march in Qalandiya, West Bank, March 8th, 2014. Some 400 women and supporters marched to the Israeli checkpoint holding signs and shouting slogans against the occupation and for boycotting Israel.

Protesters during a demonstration against rape culture, Tel Aviv, March 29, 2014. Hundreds protested violence against women in response to several sexual violence cases published last week. One of the cases was a complaint filled against MK Silvan Shalom by a former worker.

Israelis chant slogans during a demonstration against rape culture, in the wake of several high-profile cases of sexual harassment Tel Aviv, March 29, 2014.

Palestinian medics evacuate a woman who was injured by pepper spray used by Israeli border policemen during a protest on Land Day outside of the Old City of Jerusalem, March 30, 2014. Land Day marks the deaths of six Palestinian protesters at the hands of Israeli police during mass demonstrations on March 30, 1976, against plans to confiscate Arab land in Galilee.

Palestinian medics evacuate a woman injured by pepper spray used by Israeli Border Policemen during a Land Day protest outside of the Old City of Jerusalem, March 30, 2014. Land Day marks the deaths of six Palestinian protesters at the hands of Israeli police during mass demonstrations on March 30, 1976, against plans to confiscate Arab land in the Galilee.

The wife of Abdel-Fatah shalabi, a Palestinian who is imprisoned in Israeli, lies in a hospital bed a few hours before childbirth, Nablus, West Bank, April 2, 2014. The wife delivered a baby conceived through artificial insemination after her husband's sperm was smuggled from an Israeli prison. Shalabi was arrested in 2003. He was sentenced to 20 years in Israeli prison.

The wife of Palestinian prisoner Abdel-Fatah Shalabi, lies in a hospital bed a few hours before childbirth, Nablus, West Bank, April 2, 2014. The wife delivered a baby conceived through artificial insemination after her husband’s sperm was smuggled out of an Israeli prison. Shalabi was arrested in 2003 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Bedouin women cry as they watch the demolition of their house during the demolition of the "unrecognized" Bedouin village of Al Araqib, in the Negev Desert, June 12, 2014. Israeli authorities demolished the village more than 70 times since 2010. On June 12, for the first time, Israeli forces entered the cemetery of the village, demolishing its mosque and all the houses, which local residents built after the first demolition in 2010.

Bedouin women cry as they watch the Israeli authorities destroy their homes in the “unrecognized” Bedouin village Al Araqib, Negev Desert, June 12, 2014. Israeli authorities have demolished the village more than 80 times since 2010.

A woman and her baby stand near an area hit by a rocket launched from Gaza at the town of Sderot, Israel, on July 15, 2014.

A woman holds her daughter near an area hit by a rocket launched from Gaza, Sderot, Israel, July 15, 2014.

Palestinian women react during the funeral of the three children from Shuhaibar family killed earlier in an Israeli airstrike in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, July 17, 2014. The three killed children were two brothers: Jihad Issam Shuhaibar (8), and Wasim Issam Shuhaibar (7) and their cousin Afnan Tariq Shuhaibar (10). The airstrikes came immediately after a temporary five-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ended.

Palestinian women during the funeral of three children from the Shuhaibar family who were killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, July 17, 2014. Two of the three boys were brothers: Jihad Issam Shuhaibar (8), and Wasim Issam Shuhaibar (7); their cousin Afnan Tariq Shuhaibar (10) was also killed. The airstrikes came immediately after a temporary five-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Hamas and Israel came to an end.

Palestinian women pass through Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on their way to attend the third Friday prayer of Ramadan in Al Aqsa Mosque, July 18, 2014.  Israeli authorities had forbidden access to Al-Aqsa mosque to Muslim men under 50 years old and for Muslim women under 40.

Palestinian women pass through Qalandiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on their way to attend the third Friday prayer of Ramadan in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, July 18, 2014. Muslim men under 50 and Muslim women under the age of 40 were forbidden from crossing the checkpoint.

Palestinian ctitzens of Israel hold bloodied dolls during a demonstration against the Israeli attack on Gaza and in support of the Palestinian people, in the northern village Tamra, Israel, August 2, 2014.

Palestinian ctitzens of Israel hold bloodied dolls during a demonstration against the Israeli attack on Gaza, in the northern village Tamra, Israel, August 2, 2014.

A mother of an Israeli soldier serving in Gaza holds a sign reads: "Mother of Peace" during a demonstration in center Tel Aviv against the Israeli attack on Gaza, August 2, 2014. Police arrested 17 left-wing protesters as hundreds gathered outside Habima Theatre to call for an end the attack on Gaza.

A mother of an Israeli soldier serving in Gaza holds a sign reading: “Mother of Peace,” during a demonstration in central Tel Aviv against the Israeli attack on Gaza, August 2, 2014. Police arrested 17 left-wing protesters as hundreds gathered outside Habima Theatre to call for an end to the assault.

A Palestinian woman shouts at Israeli soldiers during an army operation in which soldiers killed Zakaria al-Aqra, 24, in the West Bank village of Qabalan, Nablus, West Bank, August 11, 2014. The Palestinian was wanted by Israel. Six other people from his family were wounded and parts of his house were destroyed during the operation which lasted for eight hours.

A Palestinian woman shouts at Israeli soldiers during an army operation that killed Zakaria al-Aqra, 24, in the West Bank village of Qabalan, Nablus, West Bank, August 11, 2014. Six other people from his family were wounded and parts of his house were destroyed during the operation, which lasted for eight hours.

Moral Malcha, 23, seen as her husband arrives at his family house in Jaffa, Israel, on 17 August 2014, before their wedding celebration. Moral was born Jewish and converted to Islam in order to marry Mahmoud. Their wedding was protested by the ultra-nationalists organization Lehava.

Moral Malcha, 23, seen as her husband, Mahmoud, arrives at his family’s house, Jaffa, Israel, 17 August 2014. Moral was born Jewish and converted to Islam in order to marry Mahmoud. Their wedding was protested by the ultra-nationalist organization Lehava.

Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, poses for a photo showing an internal expulsion order given to her by Israeli soldiers who invaded her home in Ramallah in the early hours of August 20, Ramallah, West Bank, August 27, 2014. Jarrar was ordered to go to Jericho within 24 hours, but she refused to sign the paper. She is determined to stay in a protest tent in front of the Palestinian Council in Ramallah until the decision is revoked.

Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, poses for a photo showing an internal expulsion order given to her by Israeli soldiers who invaded her home in Ramallah in the early hours of August 20, Ramallah. Jarrar was ordered to move to Jericho within 24 hours, but refused to sign the paper. She is determined to stay in a protest tent in front of the Palestinian Council in Ramallah until the decision is revoked.

A Palestinian woman stands inside a damaged house in Shujayea neighborood, which was heavily damaged during the latest Israeli offensive, east of Gaza city, September 4, 2014. During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,101 Palestinians were killed, including 495 children, and an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless.

A Palestinian woman stands inside a damaged house in the Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, which was heavily damaged during the latest Israeli offensive, September 4, 2014. During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,101 Palestinians were killed, including 495 children, and an estimated 18,000 houses were either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless.

Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed Sinokrot during his funeral in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem on September 8, 2014. Sinokrot, age 16, was wounded by police gunfire in the Wadi Joz neighbourhood on August 31 and died from his injuries on September 7.

Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed Sinokrot during his funeral in the neighborhood of Wadi Joz, East Jerusalem September 8, 2014. Sinokrot, 16, was wounded by police gunfire in the neighborhood on August 31, and died from his injuries on September 7.

A Palestinian woman prepares bread in a tradionnal oven in the village of Khuza'a, eastern Gaza Strip, September 9, 2014. Khuzaa'a was heavily attacked and damaged during last Israeli offensive. Parts of the village were occupied by Israeli soldiers and out of reach of ambulances and the media during the offensive. As people were fleeing they were also attacked, and dozens were killed and many injured.

A Palestinian woman prepares bread in a traditional oven in the village of Khuza’a, eastern Gaza Strip, September 9, 2014. Khuza’a was heavily damaged during last Israeli offensive. Parts of the village were occupied by Israeli soldiers and were out of reach of ambulances or the media during the offensive.

Doa Naim (age 15) sits in front of her writings which cover the walls of her room in her home which was damaged during the last Israel offensive, September 16, 2014. Do a said: "By writing on the walls, I tried to say what I feel." She started writing at the onset of the war.

During the latest assault on Gaza, Doa Naim, 15, scribbled in Arabic and Hebrew on her bedroom wall. ‘By writing on the walls, I tried to say what I feel.’

Police raid the house and evict the Halif family in Givat Amal neighborhood, Tel Aviv, September 17, 2014. Residents and community activists gathered in the neighborhood in an attempt to stop the eviction. The residents, who were placed there by the state in the 1950s, have been leading a struggle to recognize their rights to the property, which were sold to an Israeli businessman in the 1970s. More families in the neighborhood are under a threat of eviction.

Police raid evict the Halif family from their home in Tel Aviv’s Givat Amal neighborhood, September 17, 2014. Residents and community activists gathered in the neighborhood in an attempt to stop the eviction. The residents, who were placed there by the state in the 1950s, have been leading a struggle to recognize their rights to the property, which were sold to an Israeli businessman in the 1970s.

An African asylum seeker looks out from her shop as residents of south Tel Aviv and right-wing nationalists protest against the Israeli supreme court's decision to cancel the "Infiltrators Law" and to close Holot Detention Center, south Tel Aviv, October 5, 2014.

An African asylum seeker looks out from her shop, as residents of south Tel Aviv and right-wing nationalists protest against the High Court’s decision to strike down the Prevention of Infiltration Law and to close the Holot detention center, south Tel Aviv, October 5, 2014.

MK Hanin Zuabi argues with Israeli policemen as she tries to enter Al Aqsa Mosque during a protest outside Jerusalem's Old City against Israeli authorities' policy to limit access for Muslim worshippers, October 15, 2014. At least four protesters were arrested after Israeli police dispersed the protest. Muslim men and women over 50 are allowed to enter the compound in recent weeks, as Jewish right-wing activists enter Al Aqsa Mosque compound with police escort.

Palestinian MK Haneen Zoabi argues with Israeli policemen as she tries to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque during a protest in Jerusalem’s Old City against the decision to limit Muslims’ access to the compound, October 15, 2014. At least four protesters were arrested after Israeli police dispersed the demonstration.

A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli policemen near the Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem November 2, 2014. Israeli police closed Al Aqsa compound for a few hours to Muslims men under 45, and to women in all ages, after right-wing activists toured the compound that morning.

A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli policemen near the Lion’s Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem November 2, 2014. Israeli police closed Al-Aqsa compound for a few hours to Muslims men under 45 and to women in all ages, after right-wing activists toured the compound that morning.

Huda Abu Ranni inspects the damage to her home, which was attacked and burned by suspected Jewish extremists using petrol bombs, in the village of Abu Falah, northeast of Ramallah, on November 23, 2014.

Huda Abu Ranni inspects the damage to her home, which was reportedly attacked and burned by Jewish extremists, in the village of Abu Falah, northeast of Ramallah, November 23, 2014.

Women march on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Tel Aviv, November 25, 2014.

Activists march on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Tel Aviv, November 25, 2014.

A teacher inspects the damage in the aftermath of an arson attack that targeted first-grade classrooms at a bilingual Jewish-Arab school near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Beit Safafa, in southern Jerusalem, November 30, 2014. Anti-Arab slogans were scrawled on the walls in Hebrew reading: "Death to Arabs", and "There's no coexistence with cancer."

A teacher inspects the damage in the aftermath of an arson attack on first-grade classrooms in Jerusalem’s bilingual Jewish-Arab school, November 30, 2014. Anti-Arab slogans were scrawled on the walls, which read: ‘Death to Arabs,’ and ‘There is no coexistence with cancer.’

Reporter Amira Hass is seen during a protest marking International Human Rights Day in the village of Turmus Ayya near Ramallah, West Bank, December 10, 2014. Ziad Abu Ein, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Israeli Settlements and the Separation Wall, died after being beaten by Israeli forces during the protest.

Reporter Amira Hass is seen during a protest marking International Human Rights Day in the village of Turmus Ayya near Ramallah, West Bank, December 10, 2014. Ziad Abu Ein, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Israeli Settlements and the Separation Wall, died following the protest, where he clashed with Israeli soldiers.

A woman holds sign reading: "Suffering doesn't have a statute of limitations" during a memorial event for Maya-Gaya (Vered) Lev, Tel Aviv, Israel, December 21, 2014. After years of struggling with the Israeli legal system in her case against her father and brother for sexually abuse, and in front of her mother who kept silent, Lev committed suicide on November 30, 2014.  Some 300 people gathered in memory of Maya-Gaya and called for the re-opening of her case which was closed by the Israeli Authorities.

A woman holds a sign reading: ‘Suffering doesn’t have a statute of limitations’ during a memorial event for Maya-Gaya (Vered) Lev, Tel Aviv, Israel, December 21, 2014. Lev committed suicide on November 30, 2014 after failing to convince the Israeli legal system that she had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her father and brother. Some 300 people gathered in memory of Maya-Gaya and called for the re-opening of her high-profile case, which was closed by the Israeli authorities.

A woman confronts a policeman during the eviction of families in the Givat Amal neighborhood, Tel Aviv, December 29, 2014. The Cozihanoff family, with the assistance of the Israeli police, evicted eight families in Givat Amal, in the northern part of Tel Aviv, without proper compensation after a long legal battle.

A woman confronts a policeman during the eviction of families in the Givat Amal neighborhood, Tel Aviv, December 29, 2014. After a lengthy legal battel, the Cozahinof family, with the assistance of Israeli police, evicted eight families from the working class neighborhood north of Givat Amal, without so much as proper compensation.

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    1. You missed out on our empowering self-defense and brick-breaking exercise for young women at risk in Jerusalem at El Halev. The girls were a mix of Jewish, Arab, Black, White, special needs, religious and non-religious participants. It was positive, hopeful, about WOMEN and not political like this article. If you’d like to learn more about our empowerment-based self-defense and martial arts acitivies that have reached over 30,000 women and girls in Israel, you can contact me at lslandau@elhalev.org

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    2. Zombie Poet

      I hope that on women’s day the emphasis will be on the plight of third world women. Feminists, world leaders, men, everyone must speak out loudly and repeatedly against the following:

      1) Female genital mutilation
      2) Punishing rape victims
      3) Honor killing
      4) Strapping bombs to children
      5) Sexually enslaving women
      6) Murdering homosexuals
      7) Child marriage

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      • Have you heard of Agudat Yisra’el (the ruling Haredi party), e.g.? Agudat Yisra’el is third world as is the case, and ben-Gurion let them have power in the first place.

        1) Female genital mutilation: the “Kushim” and others who come to Israel to seek asylum because of acts like that are not worth helping. (By the way, “Kushim” is derogatory in that sense)
        2) Punishing rape victims: This happened to Maya-Gaya Lev.
        3) Honor killing: read about, e.g., the murder of Late PM Yitzhak Rabin.
        4) Strapping bombs to children: Fomenting hate against Arabs who did nothing wrong is pretty much the equivalent to that when one is, e.g., scrawling “Death to Arabs” at a multiethnic elementary school.
        5) Sexually enslaving women: Have you ever heard of, e.g., agunot?
        6) Murdering homosexuals: See the “PS”. If Agudat Yisra’el had their full way, this would happen.
        7) Child marriage: See the “PS”.

        PS Check Da’at Emet and Halakhah.com re the Talmud if you don’t believe me. Yaron Yadan is a former rosh yeshiva, and his website actually led me to check out what the Talmud really says (since I wasn’t raised knowing that I’m Jewish). By the way, there is particular hypocrisy with the Haredim re Point Six (See http://www.daatemet.org.il/questions/print.cfm?MESSAGEID=2537).

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      • ShoomKloom

        …and by “third world women” you actually mean Muslem women

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      • Pedro X

        The Gazans brought this tragedy upon themselves by initiating a third war against Israel in six years. Hamas is openly rearming and rebuilding for the next confrontation instead of helping the displaced in Gaza. So stop the crocodile tears.

        Meanwhile, 7.6 million Syrians are internally displaced. 3.0 million are externally displaced. More Palestinians are displaced in Syria than Gaza. The sprawling Yarmouk Camp home to 250,000 Palestinians has been destroyed. Maybe you should save some of your venom for the leaders of Syria, Iran and Hezbollah who have been killing Syria’s civilians.

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        • Miriam

          Thank you. The constant focus on the least violent country in the area does seem a bit strange, doesn’t it? You’d think Israel was the most repressive country on the planet.
          As if Arab countries are welcoming African Muslims with open arms. No, their own people are fleeing. But Israel is always the bad guy. How convenient.

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        • Bryan

          When you see a cat toying with a mouse, Pedro, I guess you always blame the mouse for inciting an entirely defensive response from the cat. Lets look at some facts:

          (1) Operation Cast Lead, December 27th 2008-Jan 18th 2009, immediately prior to Israeli elections scheduled for 10th February 2009. Immediate causes: an unprovoked Israeli attack on Gaza on November 4th and the December 17th killing of a Gazan that undermined negotiations to extend a six-month truce that Hamas had scrupulously observed. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_War_%282008%E2%80%9309%29#Pre-operation_actions)

          (2) Operation Pillar of Defence,14th-21st November 2012, immediately prior to Israeli elections scheduled for 22nd January 2013. Immediate causes: Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishing vessels and the killing of Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari, which Gershon Baskin, an Israeli peace activist, alleges were to undermine a proposal for a long-term ceasefire. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Pillar_of_Defense#Pre-operation_events)

          (3) Operation Protective Edge, 8th July 2014 – 26th August 2014, amidst serious disagreements within the ruling Israeli coalition, which were to lead to the Knesset dissolution on 3rd December, with elections scheduled for 17th March 2015. Causes: a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal which Israel wished to destroy and the deliberate ramping up of tensions by the Israeli government following the killing of three Israeli youths, including “a crackdown [involving] Israel conducted air strikes against Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip, while Hamas apparently refrained from retaliating, though it did not impede other factions from firing rockets towards Israel” (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Israel%E2%80%93Gaza_conflict#Second_Hamas.E2.80.93Fatah_reconciliation)

          You are again dissimulating the crudest of urban myths and conspiracy theories, as well as denigrating the awesome power of the IDF and the intransigent determination of Israeli politicians to maintain the status quo.

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    3. I deeply condemn the brutality continued by the Zionist soldiers OVER the innocent Palestinian Muslims since 1948. How can the world conscience remain calm and indifferent with such unbelievable atrocities exercised over even the infants and flower like babies?
      The land has never been of the Israelis. Continued terrorism and land grabbing has brought bad name even to the peace loving jews.

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