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PHOTOS: Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis protest home demolitions

Over 5,000 Arabs and Jews gather in Wadi Ara, northern Israel, to protest against recent home demolitions in Palestinian communities.

Photos by Keren Manor, text by Yael Marom

Demonstrators protesting against home demolitions, Ar'ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Demonstrators protesting against home demolitions, Ar’ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

More than 5,000 Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel converged on the town of Ar’ara in the Wadi Ara region of northern Israel on Saturday, to protest a recent slate of home demolitions targeting Arab communities in the country.

Israeli riot police wait for demonstrators marching to protest home demolitions, Ar'ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Israeli riot police wait for demonstrators marching to protest home demolitions, Ar’ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Particularly in focus were Wednesday’s demolitions in the Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran, prior to which Israeli police shot to death village resident Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an as he was driving, and whose vehicle struck and killed Erez Levi, an Israeli officer.

Thousands of people march through Ar'ara, northern Israel, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Thousands of people march through Ar’ara, northern Israel, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Hundreds of police officers — some on horseback — met the demonstrators in Ar’ara.

Israeli police wait for demonstrators marching to protest home demolitions, Ar'ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Israeli police wait for demonstrators marching to protest home demolitions, Ar’ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Around two hours after the protest had begun, hundreds of protesters blocked the junction at the entrance to Ar’ara. Police threw shock grenades and fired “skunk” water at the demonstrators, injuring several. Some of the protesters responded by throwing stones.

A police truck sprays 'skunk' water at protesters in Ar'ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

A police truck sprays ‘skunk’ water at protesters in Ar’ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, with protesters in Ar'ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, with protesters in Ar’ara, January 21, 2017. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

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    1. Isy Levi

      So, numbers of Jewish Israeli have violated the Chabat to demonstrate with Arabs against their government under the “Palestinian” flag? What is wrong?

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      • Nothing wrong with that, I suppose? Solidarity is great. #FreePalestine

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        • Isy Levi

          “Palestine”? What’s that? For us Jews it is Eretz Israel, The Land of Israel. For Jewish God believers, it is not allowed to violate the Chabat. This is why the Left in Israel has no more success. It seems that the Leftist do not understand the reality in this country.

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          • carmen

            I have to wonder how fervent the claims of palestinian land would be if it weren’t already settled by palestinians, who’ve dug the wells, planted the orchards and so cared for their land (not forgetting the bonus by the zionist state, made in part due to the largesse of the united states) if indeed the land had been empty as so many right wingnuts claim? So much easier to just push them out of their homes and take what they’ve built, especially if you yourself don’t have to do any of the pushing, that’s all the IOF is for, pushing and killing. violating shabbat is all the IOF and the slovenly settlers do.

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          • Ben

            Good point. Violating shabbat is forbidden for peaceful protest or heaven forbid mixing with the impure local native non-Jews, but is just fine for beating the crap out of them and shoving them out of their homes and off their land, especially if you have the army do it for you while you pray about it. Such godliness.

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    2. Carmen

      Really appreciate the work by ActiveStills – great photography and stories.

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    3. i_like_ike52

      Quote from the artice: “More than 5,000 Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel converged on the town of Ar’ara”.
      This makes no sense. Since the term “Palestinian” means someone who lives in the land called “Palestine” by the Arabs and “Eretz Israel” by the Jews, anyone living in that land is a “Palestinian”, Arabs AND Jews. So since “Palestinian” includes Jews, what sense does it make to say “Palestinians (i.e. Jews and Arabs) AND Jews converged..”? What you mean is that
      both Israel Arabs and Jews and Jews converged on Ar’ara.

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      • Bruce Gould

        @Ike: It may have escaped your attention, but the demonstration was about home demolitions (a.k.a. Jewish Terrorism).

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    4. Your momma

      ” Israeli police shot to death village resident Yaqub Abu al-Qi’an as he was driving, and whose vehicle struck and killed Erez Levi, an Israeli officer” So was it because he was attempting to mow down a police officer? What other reason would the police have in shooting at a moving car.?

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