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PHOTOS: West Bank villagers protest: Open our gate!

A-Zaim’s only gateway to East Jerusalem has been closed since a 16-year-old resident carried out an alleged stabbing attempt last month.

By Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Palestinians from the West Bank village of Al Zaeem call for the opening of the Separation Wall gate that leads from Jerusalem to the village, May 8, 2015. The gate is held closed by Israeli authorities for over two weeks. Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Palestinians from the West Bank village of A-Zaim call for the opening of the Separation Wall gate that connects the village to Jerusalem, May 8, 2015.  Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Residents of A-Zaim, a village in the West Bank, protested on Friday against the ongoing closure of a gate in the separation wall, which is their only gateway to East Jerusalem.

Barring two hours a day, the gate has been closed since a 16-year-old Ali Abu Ghannam allegedly tried to stab a Border Police officer at the adjacent checkpoint two weeks ago. His family claims that Abu Ghannam, who was fatally shot, was killed in cold blood.

Israeli soldiers are seen nearby the closed gate that leads from Jerusalem to the village of Al Zaeem, West Bank, May 8, 2015. The gate is held closed by Israeli authorities for over two weeks.  Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Israeli soldiers posted near the closed gate that connects Al-Zaim to Jerusalem, West Bank, May 8, 2015. The gate has been kept closed by Israeli authorities for more than two weeks. Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Palestinians from the West Bank village of Al Zaeem call for the opening of the Separation Wall gate that leads from Jerusalem to the village, May 8, 2015. The gate is held closed by Israeli authorities for over two weeks. Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Al Zaeem villagers call for the opening of the Separation Wall gate that connects the village to Jerusalem, May 8, 2015. Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Palestinians from the West Bank village of Al Zaeem call for the opening of the Separation Wall gate that leads from Jerusalem to the village, May 8, 2015. The gate is held closed by Israeli authorities for over two weeks. Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Al Zaeem villagers call for the opening of the Separation Wall gate that connects the village to Jerusalem, May 8, 2015.  Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Israeli soldier films as Palestinians from the West Bank village of Al Zaeem call for the opening of the Separation Wall gate that leads from Jerusalem to the village, May 8, 2015. The gate is held closed by Israeli authorities for over two weeks. Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Israeli soldier films as Palestinians from the West Bank village of Al Zaeem call for the opening of the Separation Wall gate that connects Jerusalem to the village, May 8, 2015. Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org

Protest against movement restrictions, Al Zaeem, West Bank, 8.5.

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    1. Pedro X

      The Irony of it all.

      Acitve Stills shows pictures of Palestinian young children carrying signs in English which they cannot read or understand. The Palestinians who parade these children before the foreign press, send their children and young adults to kill and injure Israelis. Leftist Benny Morris summed up Palestinian society in 2004:

      “The people the Palestinian society sends to carry out the terrorist attacks, and in some way the Palestinian society itself as well. At the moment, that society is in the state of being a serial killer. It is a very sick society. It should be treated the way we treat individuals who are serial killers.”

      Palestinian opinion polls following last years kidnapping and killing of three Israeli children showed that more than 50% of the Palestinian public supported such actions. In the aftermath of the running over and killing of a three month baby and other Israelis by Palestinian terrorists, Palestinian PSR poll found that there was 80% support for those attacks.

      So how do you treat a society of serial killers? You limit their access and keep them to themselves.

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      • Bruce Gould

        Have you ever met a Palestinian? Just one?

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        • Jello

          Are you saying that the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research run by Dr. Khalil Shikaki never met a Palestinian when it carried out its polls in which the majority supports the murder of Israeli civilians?

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        • Pedro X

          Yes Bruce. More than one. But that does not change what the majority of Palestinians think and want as expressed in polls done by Palestinians about Palestinians.
          Benny Morris encapsulated the collective will of the Palestinians as follows:

          “The bombing of the buses and restaurants really shook me. They made me understand the depth of the hatred for us. They made me understand that the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim hostility toward Jewish existence here is taking us to the brink of destruction. I don’t see the suicide bombings as isolated acts. They express the deep will of the Palestinian people. That is what the majority of the Palestinians want. They want what happened to the bus to happen to all of us.”

          I might add that when Palestinians murder Israeli children, women and men standing on a train platform or a bus stop, riding in buses or cars, studying in Yeshivas, hitching home from school, eating a Seder meal or a pizza, praying in a synagogue or waiting outside a synagogue with babies in baby trams, and the overwhelming majority of Palestinians approves and condones such actions, these are not isolated acts but the will of the Palestinian people in what they want to happen to all Israeli Jews.

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          • Ben

            Blah blah blah. Get out of the territories. Stop condescending to your victims and applying quotes out of context from 2004 in 2015. Bruce’s information about the power plants below tells the real story.

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          • Dutch Oven

            More nonsense from Brian, the king of fools
            If ending the occupation would lead to an end of conflict, the occupation would be over.
            Please stop,wasting our time with your BS
            #brianfailsagain

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        • Ricky Rocket

          Yes, I,plowed a few when I was in college.
          What is your point? I’m not letting you smell my fingers

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    2. Bruce Gould

      A few days ago the New York Times ran a piece on the electricity situation in the Occupied Territories:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/world/middleeast/palestinians-unpaid-electric-bills-in-the-west-bank-thicken-tension-with-israel.html?_r=0

      It all seems like a complex mess with lots of opportunities to point fingers, until you get to this paragraph which explains what the Occupation is about:

      “The Palestinians’ plan to build two West Bank power plants has stalled over their request for guarantees from Israel that the plants will be able to use natural gas and that they will not be destroyed, Mr. Milhem said. Gaza’s lone plant was twice bombed by Israel, in 2006 and 2014, and has had to use more expensive fuels because Israel blocks the import of natural gas.”

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      • Jello

        The more relevant paragraphs have to do with the fact that the Palestinians refuse to pay their electricity bills and, as usual, expect that someone else pay for them.

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        • Cal. transplant

          It might help if the Israeli Gov’t didn’t repeatedly hold back taxes it collects that it is bound and committed to hand over to the P.A….

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      • Ben

        Exactly.

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    3. Ricky Rocket

      What a crock of sh!t! Goddam cynical use of a child who cannot understand a word of what the sign fuck!ng means in either language. No wonder these fools make no traction

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    4. Toni

      Long live Palestine. We well bring down your wall even if it means over your head.you have no idia what your talking about. You are the terrist in our home land

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