This week: remembering Darfur, asylum seekers in Belgium, refusing military service, tear gas in Nil’in, Bedouins face demolitions in the Negev, Palestinian prisoners go on hunger strike, housing struggles in Israel, and Ethiopian Jews protest discrimination.
Asylum seekers from Darfur take part in the 11th memorial day for the genocide in Darfur. Levinsky Park, south Tel Aviv, April 30, 2014. (Activestills.org)
Hundreds of supporters participate to the Steenrock festival in front of the repatriation center for migrants called 127bis, Steenokkerzeel, near the airport of Brussels, Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, April 26, 2014. The festival included a protest march, music performances and artwork displayed on the fences surrounding the center. The persons detained in 127bis are mostly asylum seekers whose requests have been dismissed and others who are still waiting for an answer from the Belgian Foreign Office. Built like a prison, the center is surrounded by a triple row of wire fencing and has isolation cells. The detention conditions have been repeatedly denounced by human rights organizations. There are six such centers for migrants in Belgium. (Activestills.org)
Uriel Ferera, 19-year-old orthodox Jew from Beer Sheva, enters Tel Ha’Shomer Military Base, where he will announce his refusal to obey the Israeli military draft, April 27, 2014. Ferera says he refuses to take part in the occupation and that his request for civil service instead of military duty was rejected by the army. (Activestills.org)
Palestinian youth run as the Israeli army shoots tear gas during a protest against the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Nil’in, April 25, 2014. (Activestills.org)
A child rides a bicycle next to a mosque in the Bedouin village of Bir-Hadaj, Negev Desert, April 27, 2014. (Activestills.org)
Ayad Adsan sits with two of his eight children in their family home a few hours after civil administration officers and policemen hung a demolition warning on his house in the Bedouin village of Bir-Hadaj, Negev Desert, April 27, 2014. Bir-Hadaj is a recognized Bedouin village in Israel since 1999 and its urban plan was approved in 2003. The village still lacks basic infrastructure and its inhabitants frequently face demolition orders and harsh treatment by the police. (Activestills.org)
Palestinian women hold pictures of administrative prisoners in solidarity with them during the first day of a protest tent that was erected in the city center of Nablus, West Bank, April 28, 2014. More than 100 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons launched a mass, open-ended hunger strike on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The hunger strike is taking place in the Ofer, Megiddo, and Negev prisons and comes after Israeli authorities reneged on a promise made following an earlier mass hunger strike to limit the use of administrative detention to exceptional cases. (Activestills.org)
A Palestinian child climbs over the rubble of a demolished mosque in Khirbet Twaiel, West Bank, April 30, 2014. (Photo: Activestills.org)
A resident of Givat Amal neighborhood shouts toward the Cozihanoff family office building in the city of Ramat Gan during a protest the eviction of families in the neighborhood. The Cozihanoff family bought a part of the neighborhood land in north Tel Aviv and plans to evict families who have been living there for 65 years, without any compensation. Israel, May 1, 2014. (Activestills.org)
Ethiopian Jews gather to protest a plan to evict residents and sell a housing project for new Jewish immigrants in the city of Mevaseret Zion, near Jerusalem, May 1, 2014. (Activestills.org)
Students from Tel Aviv University protest a government plan to promote enlistment of Palestinian Christian citizens of Israel for military service, Tel Aviv, April 30, 2014. (Activestills.org)
Ethiopian Jews protest in front of government offices in Tel Aviv against the discrimination of Ethiopian Jews in Israel, April 30, 2014. (Activestills.org)
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