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PHOTOS: Deadly week in Gaza

Heavy fighting continued in Gaza over the past week, with Tuesday and Wednesday proving particularly deadly days in which 120 and 129 Palestinians were killed, respectively. Three Israeli soldiers were also killed Wednesday. Protests against Israel’s Gaza operation continued to be held in Israeli cities, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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

Palestinian man stands in his destroyed house overlooking the bombed  Shujaiyeh neigborhood, Gaza City, July 26, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian man stands in his destroyed house overlooking the bombed Shejaiyeh neighborhood, Gaza City, July 26, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Displaced Palestinians pass the first day of Eid Al Fitr in an UNRWA school that turned into shelter, Gaza, July 28, 2014. 83 UNRWA schools and many hospitals have become shelters for more than 200,000 displaced Palestinians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Displaced Palestinians pass the first day of Eid Al Fitr in an UNRWA school that became a shelter, Gaza, July 28, 2014. 83 UNRWA schools and many hospitals have become shelters for more than 200,000 displaced Palestinians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A relative of one of the children killed earlier in a playground in al-Shati refugee camp mourn at the cemetery, Gaza city, July 28, 2014. Reports indicate that 10 people, mostly children, were killed and 40 injured during the attack which took place on the first day Eid. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A relative of one of the children killed earlier in a playground in al-Shati refugee camp mourns at the cemetery, Gaza City, July 28, 2014. Reports indicate that 10 people, mostly children, were killed and 40 injured during the attack, which took place on the first day of Eid. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Damage is seen inside the Al Aqsa hospital following an Israeli attack, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, July 26, 2014. The direct attack, which took place on 21 July, killed at least 5 Palestinians and injured 70. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Damage is seen inside the Al Aqsa hospital following an Israeli attack, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, July 26, 2014. The direct attack, which took place on July 21, killed at least five Palestinians and injured 70. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Relatives of Palestinians killed during an Israeli attack on Beit Hanoun elementary schools mourn in Kamal Edwan Hospital, Jabalyia, Gaza Strip, July 24. The school was being used as a shelter by 800 people. The attack killed at least 17 and injured more than 200 of the displaced civilians.  (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Relatives of Palestinians killed during an Israeli attack on Beit Hanoun elementary school mourn in Kamal Edwan Hospital, Jabalyia, Gaza Strip, July 24. The school was being used as a shelter by 800 people. The attack killed at least 17 and injured more than 200 of the displaced civilians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Palestinians who flew from Israeli attacks take refuge in Falluja governmental school, Jabaliya refugee camp, July 29, 2014. Many Palestinians flew their homes last night after having recceived orders to evacuate. More than 170,000 Palestinians found shelter in UNRWA schools but the total number of displaced is much higher. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians who fled from Israeli attacks take refuge in Falluja government school, Jabaliya refugee camp, July 29, 2014. Many Palestinians fled their homes last night after having received orders to evacuate. More than 220,000 Palestinians found shelter in UNRWA schools but the total number of displaced is much higher. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A classroom lies damaged following the overnight Israeli shelling of an UNRWA school where some 3,300 Palestinians were seeking shelter, Jabalia, Gaza Strip, July 30, 2014. At least 20 people were killed in the attack which injured more than 100.  (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A classroom lies damaged following the overnight Israeli shelling of an UNRWA school, where some 3,300 Palestinians were seeking shelter, Jabalia, Gaza Strip, July 30, 2014. At least 20 people were killed in the attack ,which injured more than 100. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Palestinians gather around a child killed earlier in a playground in al-Shati refugee camp at the morgue of Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza city, July 28, 2014. Reports indicate that 10 people, mostly children, were killed and 40 injured during the attack which took place on the first day Eid.  (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians gather around a child killed in a playground in al-Shati refugee camp at the morgue of Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza city, July 28, 2014. Reports indicate that 10 people, mostly children, were killed and 40 injured during the attack, which took place on the first day of Eid. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

An injured Palestinian is seen in the emergency room of Kamal Edwan Hospital after an Israeli attack on Beit Hanoun elementary school, Jabalyia, Gaza Strip, July 24. The school was being used as a shelter by 800 people. The attack killed at least 17 and injured more than 200 of the displaced civilians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

An injured Palestinian is seen in the emergency room of Kamal Edwan Hospital after an Israeli attack on Beit Hanoun elementary school, Jabalyia, Gaza Strip, July 24. The school was being used as a shelter by 800 people. The attack killed at least 17 and injured more than 200 of the displaced civilians. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

An injured Palestinian child awaits treatment at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City following Israeli attacks, July 30, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

An injured Palestinian child awaits treatment at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City following Israeli attacks, July 30, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Funeral in Bani Suhaila for the 21 members of the Al-Najjar family, who were killed just before the ceasefire, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014.  The Al-Najjar family flew their homes in Khuza'a to take refuge fi-urther west.  Israeli attacks have killed 550 Palestinians in the current offensive, most of them civilians. Khuza'a has been under heavy attacks and many fled their village as the Israeli army physically occupies the village. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A funeral in Bani Suhaila for the 21 members of the Al-Najjar family, who were killed just before the ceasefire, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. The Al-Najjar family fled their homes in Khuza’a to take refuge further west. Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,400 Palestinians in the current offensive, most of them civilians. Khuza’a has been under heavy attack and many people fled the village as the Israeli army physically occupied it. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian shows pieces of Israeli weapon in Abasan al-Kabira village at the entrance of another village Khuza'a, East of Khan Yunis, July 26, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Abasan al-Kabira to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies. Residents of adjacent Khuza'a could not enter, as Israeli soldiers fired warning shots. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian shows pieces of Israeli weaponry in Abasan al-Kabira village at the entrance to another village Khuza’a, East of Khan Yunis, July 26, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Abasan al-Kabira to inspect the damage together with medics, who attempted to rescue the injured or collect bodies. Residents of adjacent Khuza’a could not enter, as Israeli soldiers fired warning shots. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

Clashes erupted between hundreds of Palestinians and the Israeli army during a demonstration against the attack on Gaza, Huwwara military checkpoint, Nablus, West Bank, the early morning of July 25, 2014. A 22 years old Palestinian was shot to death by the Israeli army with live ammunition and at least 3 were injured, the same day at Huwwara checkpoint. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Clashes erupted between hundreds of Palestinians and the Israeli army during a demonstration against the attack on Gaza, Huwwara military checkpoint, Nablus, West Bank, early morning July 25, 2014. A 22-year-old Palestinian was shot to death by the Israeli army with live ammunition and at least 3 were injured the same day at Huwwara checkpoint. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Israeli women activists staging a protest against the attack on Gaza at Hatzor Air Force base, Israel, July 29, 2014. The activists wore white overalls stained with red paint calling on the Israeli government to stop the strikes and bring an end to the siege on Gaza, also expressing concern regarding the suffering of civilians in southern Israel. Signs in Hebrew read (from R to L): "Blood of children on your hands", "Bombing civilians will not bring security", "Stop the massacre in Gaza" and "Remove the siege". A few activists were detained by security forces. 9Activestills.org)

Israeli women activists stage a protest against the attack on Gaza at Hatzor Air Force base, Israel, July 29, 2014. The activists wore white overalls stained with red paint and called on the Israeli government to stop the air strikes and bring an end to the siege on Gaza. They also expressed concern regarding the suffering of civilians in southern Israel. Signs in Hebrew read (from R to L): “Blood of children on your hands,” “Bombing civilians will not bring security,” “Stop the massacre in Gaza” and “Remove the siege.” A few activists were detained by security forces. (Activestills.org)

Right wing demonstrators protest in front of a protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza, in Rabin square, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. Right wing activists protested near by and attacked left wing activists during and after the protest. One left wing activists was hospitalized with a head injury. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Right-wing demonstrators protest in front of a gathering against the Israeli attack on Gaza, in Rabin square, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. Right-wing activists protested nearby and some attacked left-wing activists during and after the protest. One left-wing activist was hospitalized with a head injury. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

An Israeli artillery fires a shell towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza strip on July 24, 2014. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

An Israeli artillery fires a shell towards the Gaza Strip from a position near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Palestinian youth throw stones during clashes following a protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza in the Qalandyia checkpoint near Ramallah,  July 24, 2014. One protesters was shot dead by Israeli forces with live ammunition, and over two-hundred protesters injured. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian youth throw stones during clashes following a protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, July 24, 2014. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Mourners carry the body of Mohammed al-Araj, 17, at his funeral ceremony at the Qalandiya refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 25, 2014.  Al-Araj was shot and killed the night before during clashes with Israeli army. Israeli security forces shot him dead and wounded over 200 other protesters during the massive protest in the West Bank against the Israeli attack on the Gaza strip. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Mourners carry the body of Mohammed al-Araj, 17, in his funeral ceremony at the Qalandiya refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 25, 2014. Al-Araj was shot and killed the previous night during clashes with the Israeli army. Israeli security forces shot him dead and wounded over 200 other protesters during the massive protest in the West Bank against the Israeli attack on the Gaza strip. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A destroyed quarter in Shujaiyeh neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, during a ceasefire, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Shujaiyeh to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies. Dozens of bodies were collected but many remain as Palestinians do not have all the necessary equipment to dig. Israeli attacks turned the neighborhood into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and thousands forced to flee. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A destroyed quarter in Shejaiya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, during a ceasefire, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Shejaiya to inspect the damage together with medics, who attempted to rescue the injured or collect bodies. Dozens of bodies were collected but many remain as Palestinians do not have all the necessary equipment to dig them out of the rubble. Israeli attacks turned the neighborhood into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and thousands forced to flee. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian woman from the Gaza Strip arrives to the Saint Joseph hospital in East Jerusalem, on July 29, 2014 after she was injured in an Israeli military attack on Gaza. Israel exceptionally authorised around 50 Palestinians to cross into Israel to receive a specialized brain surgery following negotiations between the Red Cross and The Palestinian Authority. (Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian woman from the Gaza Strip arrives to the Saint Joseph hospital in East Jerusalem, on July 29, 2014 after she was injured in an Israeli military attack on Gaza. Israel exceptionally authorized around 50 Palestinians to cross into Israel to receive a specialized brain surgery following negotiations between the Red Cross and the Palestinian Authority. (Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills.org)

Israeli activists light candles with the word "sorry" in Arabic and Hebrew, during a protest against the attack on Gaza, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

Israeli activists light candles with the word “sorry” in Arabic and Hebrew, during a protest against the attack on Gaza, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

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    1. Whiplash

      So people rallying for Israel in one of the pictures are all right wingers. Actually these people represent the vast majority of the Israeli public who support the aims of the war.

      For instance, take note that even Gershon Baskin, uber leftist who negotiated with Hamas, is saying that Hamas must be defeated. He says there can be no negotiations with Hamas because Hamas desires the destruction of Israel and is prepared to fight to the last fighter and missile.

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    2. Danny

      Amazing how through all the hell they are going through, Gazans can still hold on to their dignity and somehow try to continue their lives. They have more dignity in the tip of their little pinky than all of Israel put together.

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      • Whiplash

        Danny, I think you are confusing dignity with being indignant. Gazans are indignant because no one has come to their aid. Gazans are indignant that Israel protects its citizens by building shelters with cement while Hamas stole the cement for their citizens’ homes and leaves them defenseless. Gazans are indignant that Jews have the temerity to defend themselves while Hamas uses Gazans as human shields. Gazans are indignant because they elected Hamas to kill the Jews, but Hamas is killing them. The indignity of it all.

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        • Danny

          So much crap in one talkback. I’m sorry but I don’t have the time or patience to waste on you and your regurgitated hasbacrap.

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          • Richard

            Preoccupation with “dignity” of one kind of another is big reason Palestinians are ruled by thugs and die for them. Statements about more dignity in a pinky or fingernail shows that you do not value human life very much, just taking a stand about honor and other crap from a safe distance. Shame on you.

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          • Reza Lustig

            I suppose dignity is a monopoly of the Jewish victims of oppression, not the Muslim victims. Everyone else should just submit and be good little colonial subjects.

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      • CigarButNoNice

        Why don’t you go the whole hog and say a thousand Israeli Jews aren’t worth a single Arab fingernail? You’re nearly there.

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        • Danny

          Typical Israeli self-victimization.

          I was talking about the photos of the Gazans – men, women and children – who are being put through hell by Israel, yet somehow manage to go on with dignity and humanity, two things that seem to be sorely missing from most Israelis these days.

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          • CigarButNoNice

            “…dignity and humanity, two things that seem to be sorely missing from most Israelis these days.”

            Israeli Jews are lacking in dignity and humanity, you say. Not that far off from what I said you meant, so I was basically right.

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    3. Goldmarx

      “Gazans are indignant because they elected Hamas to kill the Jews, but Hamas is killing them.”

      Gazans did not elect Hamas to kill Jews, but to deliver social services in a more honest way than Fatah.

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      • CigarButNoNice

        “Gazans did not elect Hamas to kill Jews,…”

        Put down that bong, Goldster.

        Anyhow, this is a common bifurcation fallacy among left-wingers, that wishing for one’s own benefit and for the downfall of the other side are mutually exclusive. The truth is the Arab colonists on the Land of Israel, just like the Nazis in their day, think killing the Jews is the way to further their economic wellbeing.

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      • CigarButNoNice

        “Gazans did not elect Hamas to kill Jews,…”

        Put down the bong pipe, Goldo.

        Anyhow, this is a common bifurcation fallacy among left-wingers, that wishing for one’s own benefit and for the downfall of the other side are mutually exclusive. The truth is the Arab colonists on the Land of Israel, just like the Nazis in their days, think killing the Jews is the way to further their economic wellbeing.

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        • Goldmarx

          What is the only logical outcome of your assumption (erroneous, by the way) if not the Final Solution of the Palestinian Problem? You’re in good company with MK Ayelet Shaked.

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          • JohnW

            What’s going on Goldo?

            A “good Zionist” like you willingly accept Hamas’s plan to destroy the Jewish state. But you are scandalised about the alleged statements of a couple of Israelis turning the tables on Hamas and proposing to give them their own medicine?

            What kind of Zionist are you Goldo?

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          • Goldmarx

            “A “good Zionist” like you willingly accept Hamas’s plan to destroy the Jewish state.”

            Really? When did I do that?

            “But you are scandalised about the alleged statements of a couple of Israelis turning the tables on Hamas and proposing to give them their own medicine?”

            First, why aren’t you scandalized by them (actually, that’s fairly obvious)? Secondly, they’re not turning the tables; that’s what they’ve always believed, given the ideology of the political parties to which they belong.

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          • JohnW

            I am too busy being scandalised by Hamas’s plans for us and the willful determination of stooges like you to shut your eyes to what they themselves say they plan for us.

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          • Avdim

            @Goldmarx –

            What was that? Ayelet Shaked? Not Shaket?

            Wow, I’m thrilled. I think it’s the first time my comment made a difference on this site!

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    4. Goldmarx

      It is precisely that thinking that Rabin moved beyond when he sat down with Arafat at Oslo, despite the PLO’s ‘plan for us’.

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    5. JohnW

      “It is precisely that thinking that Rabin moved beyond when he sat down with Arafat at Oslo, despite the PLO’s ‘plan for us’.”

      Before Rabin sat down with Arafat, he made sure that Arafat recognized Israel. Has Hamas recognized Israel? Of course not.

      Oh yea …

      And in hindsight, we learnt that Rabin made a mistake with Arafat. An honest mistake but nevertheless, he made a mistake. He did not go far enough in insisting that Arafat should recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. Had he done so, we would have saved ourselves lots of grief down the line.

      But now we know better and we should learn from past mistakes. People like you however, unfortunately, never learn. You just want to “make deals with them” any kind of deals. Deals for deals sake. The fact that the deals are very bad for us are of no concern to you Goldo.

      But the rest of us learn and you hate us for it. We don’t care though. Go ahead and hate us, Habibi.

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      • Goldmarx

        “Before Rabin sat down with Arafat, he made sure that Arafat recognized Israel” That wasn’t the point. Rabin did not demand that the PLO revoke its charter, which contains its “plan for us.”

        “And in hindsight, we learnt that Rabin made a mistake with Arafat.”

        No, ‘we’ did not. Racist, warmongering savages think that way, and have always thought that way. People like that are good for only one thing – killing.

        In hindsight, David Ben Gurion made a mistake in failing to “finish the job’ (a common phrase among Israelis) by wiping out the entire crew of the Altalena.

        “He did not go far enough in insisting that Arafat should recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. Had he done so, we would have saved ourselves lots of grief down the line.”

        Oh yeah, that’s a good one. Like the Palestinians couldn’t just say those words with their fingers crossed behind their backs? You don’t trust them anyway (since you don’t see them as human, like Ayelet Shaked or Moshe Feiglin), what does it matter what any Palestinian agrees to say?

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        • JohnW

          “That wasn’t the point. Rabin did not demand that the PLO revoke its charter, which contains its “plan for us.”

          Yes he did demand it. Want me to give you a link which proves it?

          “No, ‘we’ did not.”

          Yes we did.

          “Racist, warmongering savages think that way, and have always thought that way. People like that are good for only one thing – killing.”

          LOL, so says a racist like you? You are a laugh a minute. A “peacenick” who will murder your way to peace, as long as it is only Jews you would murder. Try it man, just try it!!!

          Rage on, fool. Of course you won’t, you are an Internet hero with a big mouth and no betzim.

          “In hindsight, David Ben Gurion made a mistake in failing to “finish the job’ (a common phrase among Israelis) by wiping out the entire crew of the Altalena.”

          More ignorance from you. They did not wipe out the entire crew of the Atalena. They did kill a few. The rest surrendered.

          “Oh yeah, that’s a good one. Like the Palestinians couldn’t just say those words with their fingers crossed behind their backs? You don’t trust them anyway”

          At last, you said something half intelligent. Quite an achievement for someone like you.

          Of course they could and perhaps they would too. Then again, let’s give them credit. Maybe they want peace too? But if they are not even willing to sign a paper, to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, that ain’t a good sign.

          On the other hand if they sign and then renege, then they automatically are on the lower moral ground. And if Israel would then need to teach them another lesson, then it is less likely to be pilloried by the international media. Moreover, after they get defeated, Israel could take more drastic measures to ensure that the Palestinian Arabs won’t get the chance to try more of the same.

          “(since you don’t see them as human,”

          Really? Thanks for telling me how I see them. Now let me tell you how you see Israelis. You don’t see us as humans. See? I can play your silly game too.

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          • JohnW

            Here, read the following link, Goldie:

            http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_National_Covenant

            “In August 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin insisted on changes to the Charter as part of the Oslo Accords”

            Do you make all your assertions up as you go along, Goldie? If I would be you, I would be embarrassed by now. You got so many facts wrong already. But hey, keep ’em coming. Keep putting your foot in your mouth and I am happy to call you on it every time.

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