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PHOTOS: Jews, Arabs march on settler highway to protest the occupation

Hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis participate in a joint demonstration to protest the occupation, marching along a settler highway to an Israeli checkpoint.

Photos and text: Keren Manor / Activestills

Palestinians and Israelis demonstrate next to the separation wall along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Palestinians and Israelis demonstrate next to the separation wall along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Around 400 Palestinians and Israelis marched on an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank on Friday, protesting the occupation and marking a year of joint monthly demonstrations.

Palestinians and Israelis march along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Palestinians and Israelis march along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

The march proceeded along Route 60, the main north-south highway in the southern West Bank, which connects Jerusalem, Beit Jala, the Gush Etzion settlements and Hebron. The demonstrators were escorted by Israeli soldiers and police for the entire march, which took place in full view of the Israeli settlers and Palestinians driving past.

Palestinians and Israelis march along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Palestinians and Israelis march along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Israeli and Palestinian activists from Combatants for Peace gave speeches at the end of the march, as did Joint List MK Ahmed Tibi. He told the marchers: “You are the response to hatred, colonialism, repression, exclusion and aggression,” and said they were a message of “peace and hope and a different future for our sons and daughters.”

Palestinians and Israelis march along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Palestinians and Israelis march along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Tibi also criticized a proposed law that is currently working its way through the Knesset, which would retroactively legalize West Bank outposts, currently considered illegal even by the Israeli government. The law, he said, would make legal “the biggest land grab in modern history — the 1967 occupation.”

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar performs during a demonstration along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar performs during a demonstration along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

After the speeches, a group of young Palestinian rappers from Qalqiliya performed. They were followed by Palestinian rap artist Tamer Nafar, who was joined by Israeli spoken word artist Yossi Tzabari for the song “Ana Mish Politi” (“I Am Not Political” in Arabic).

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar (R) and Israeli spoken word artist Yossi Tzabari (L) perform "Ana mish politi" (I Am Not Political) during a demonstration along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar (R) and Israeli spoken word artist Yossi Tzabari (L) perform “Ana Mish Politi” (I Am Not Political) during a demonstration along Route 60, West Bank, December 16, 2016. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

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