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Photos of the week: Asylum seeker struggle picks up steam

This week: African asylum seekers continue their struggle in Israel, Afghan asylum seekers march in Brussels, Palestinians block traffic and plant trees, activists promote joint struggle while opposing normalization, visitors express solidarity in the Jordan Valley, and officials demolish homes in South Africa.

Thousands of African asylum seekers gather in Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv for an open-mic meeting in the fifth day of Strike For Freedom, Israel, January 7, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)


Volunteers from Physicians for Human Rights treat African asylum seekers at the mobile clinic at Holot detention centre, Negev, Isreal, on January 10, 2014. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)


Women asylum seekers and their children protest against a new detention center and call on the Israeli government to recognize their refugee rights, Tel Aviv, January 15, 2014. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)


Hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers and supporters hold a march in Belgium, January 11, 2014. The 3-day march from Brussels to Gent intends to raise awareness of the precarious situation of Afghan asylum seekers who demand protection from Belgium. Many of them had been denied asylum and some were deported back to Afghanistan despite the prevailing insecurity there. Hundreds of Afghans have been occupying a church in the center of Brussels for the last weeks, and have been protesting for months to get a legal status and protection. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


Palestinian activists block the entrance to the Israeli settlement El’azar, built on land belonging to the West Bank village of Al Khader, January 13, 2014. All Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal under international law. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)


Israeli forces interrupt an olive tree planting activity of Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli solidarity activsts, on land between the Israeli settlements Efrat and El’azar belonging to the Palestinian village of Al Khader, January 13, 2014. All Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)


Sheikh Sayyah At-tori of Al Araqib speaks at the second Hebron conference under the headline: ‘Together against the occupation and colonialism! Yes to joint struggle, no to normalization’, Hebron, West Bank, January 11, 2014. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


A vigil supporting the African asylum seekers’ struggle, organized by students at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, January 14, 2014. (photo: Tali Mayer/Activestills.org)


Palestinians demonstrate against Israeli-Palestinian normalization, Nablus, West Bank, January 12, 2014. On Thursday January 9, 2014, Palestinian activists tried to prevent a meeting of the organization Minds of Peace in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


A solidarity visit by Palestinian and international activists to Al-Hemmeh community, Jordan Valley, West Bank, January 13, 2014. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)


A women stands at the entrance of her home after it was marked by the by the City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit in Marikana community. On January 7, 2014, the City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit came into the Marikana Land Occupation and demolished peoples’ homes. Over the next few days, they demolished 42 homes out of more than 100. (photo: Shachaf Polakow/Activestills.org)


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    1. Rehmat

      Does these African women know the fate of the “Woman of the Wall”?

      I remember, Rabbi Susan Silverman, was one of the 10 women arrested by Israeli police for reciting Torah at the Wailing Wall.

      The good rabbi has declared her younger American sister, comedian Sarah Silverstein; “A Jewish Prophetess”!


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