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The month in photos: Building Gaza anew, building new settlements

The most compelling images of September’s top stories in Palestine, Israel and beyond. This month: Rebuilding Gaza, new settlements in East Jerusalem, anti-occupation protests in the West Bank, Palestinian teen’s killers on trial, and poor Tel Aviv residents lose a long fight to keep their homes.

Palestinians hold placards during a demonstration outside the District Court in Jerusalem on September 3, 2014 during the trial of three Israeli suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khader, who was kidnapped from East Jerusalem on July 2 and burned to death by Jewish extremists in a suspected revenge attack for the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers.

Palestinians hold placards during a demonstration outside the District Court in Jerusalem on September 3, 2014 during the trial of three Israeli suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped from East Jerusalem on July 2 and burned to death by Jewish extremists in a suspected revenge attack for the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers. (photo: Activestills)

 

Palestinian children gather possessions among the rubble of their house that was demolished by the Jerusalem municipality in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, September 3, 2014.

Palestinian children gather possessions among the rubble of their house that was demolished by the Jerusalem municipality in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, September 3, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

 

A tent sits among the rubble in a destroyed section of the Shujayea neighborood, which was heavily attacked during the latest Israeli offensive, Gaza City, September 4, 2014. During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,131 Palestinians were killed, including 501 children, and an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless.

A tent sits among the rubble in a destroyed section of the Shujayea neighborood, which was heavily attacked during the latest Israeli offensive, Gaza City, September 4, 2014. During the seven-week Israeli military offensive, 2,131 Palestinians were killed, including 501 children, and an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people homeless. (photo: Activestills)

 

Youth walk among the rubble of Shujayea neighborood, which was heavily attacked during the latest Israeli offensive, Gaza City, September 4, 2014.

Youth walk among the rubble of Shujayea neighborood, which was heavily attacked during the latest Israeli offensive, Gaza City, September 4, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

More photos: Living in the ruins of a shattered Gaza neighborhood

A member of the Hossu family sleeps in his partially destroyed home in the At-Tuffah district of Gaza City, September 5, 2014.

A member of the Hossu family sleeps in his partially destroyed home in the At-Tuffah district of Gaza City, September 5, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

 

Palestians gather near a fire in the At-Tuffah district of Gaza City, which was heavily damaged by Israeli attacks during the latest offensive, Gaza City, September 6, 2014.

Palestians gather near a fire in the At-Tuffah district of Gaza City, which was heavily damaged by Israeli attacks during the latest offensive, Gaza City, September 6, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

 

A Palestinian youth holds a burning tire during a protest in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem on September 8, 2014 following the death of Mohammed Sinokrot. Sinokrot, 16, was hit by police gunfire in the Wadi Joz neighbourhood on August 31 and died from injuries on September 7.

A Palestinian youth holds a burning tire during a protest in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem on September 8, 2014 following the death of Mohammed Sinokrot. Sinokrot, 16, was hit by police gunfire in the Wadi Joz neighbourhood on August 31 and died from injuries on September 7. (photo: Activestills)

 More photos: Clashes in East Jerusalem after police kill young Palestinian

Protesters wear t-shirts with the portrait of Ahmad Haj Ali during a solidairy demonstration in front of his house in Al Ain refugee camp, Nablus, September 7, 2014. Haj Ali, 77, is a Hamas member of the Palestinian legislative council and is wanted by Israeli forces. According to his family, Israeli forces have threatened to assassinate him. Israeli authorities had issued orders to Haj Ali to turn himself as part of the massive arrest campaign launched against Hamas members this summer, but he refused to comply. Haj Ali has been imprisoned 17 times under administrative detention. Today, 34 members of the Palestinian legislative council are imprisoned in Israel, most of them are under administrative detention, meaning that they have not been charged with any crime.

Protesters wear t-shirts with the portrait of Ahmad Haj Ali during a solidairy demonstration in front of his house in Al Ain refugee camp, Nablus, September 7, 2014. Haj Ali, 77, is a Hamas member of the Palestinian legislative council and is wanted by Israeli forces. According to his family, Israeli forces have threatened to assassinate him. Israeli authorities had issued orders to Haj Ali to turn himself as part of the massive arrest campaign launched against Hamas members this summer, but he refused to comply. Haj Ali has been imprisoned 17 times under administrative detention. Today, 34 members of the Palestinian legislative council are imprisoned in Israel, most of them are under administrative detention, meaning that they have not been charged with any crime. (photo: Activestills)

 

Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed Sinokrot during his funeral in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem on September 8, 2014. Sinokrot, 16, was wounded by police gunfire in the Wadi Joz neighbourhood on August 31 and died from injuries on September 7.

Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed Sinokrot during his funeral in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem on September 8, 2014. Sinokrot, 16, was wounded by police gunfire in the Wadi Joz neighbourhood on August 31 and died from injuries on September 7. (photo: Activestills)

 

Palestinians ride in the village of Juhor ad-Dik, eastern Gaza Strip, September 8, 2014. Juhor ad-Dik is located very close to the border with Israel and came under heavy attack during the latest offensive. Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered the area and destroyed many homes, farmland, and trees.

Palestinians ride in the village of Juhor ad-Dik, eastern Gaza Strip, September 8, 2014. Juhor ad-Dik is located very close to the border with Israel and came under heavy attack during the latest offensive. Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered the area and destroyed many homes, farmland, and trees. (photo: Activestills)

 

A Palestinian girl stands at night in her half-destroyed home in the village of Khuza'a, eastern Gaza Strip, September 9, 2014. Khuzaa'a was heavily attacked and damaged during the latest Israeli offensive. Parts of the village were occupied by Israeli soldiers and out of reach by the ambulances and the media during the fighting. As people were fleeing they were also attacked, and dozens were killed and many injured.

A Palestinian girl stands at night in her half-destroyed home in the village of Khuza’a, eastern Gaza Strip, September 9, 2014. Khuzaa’a was heavily attacked and damaged during the latest Israeli offensive. Parts of the village were occupied by Israeli soldiers and out of reach by the ambulances and the media during the fighting. As people were fleeing they were also attacked, and dozens were killed and many injured. (photo: Activestills)

 

Palestinian women mourn as men carry the body of Eissa al-Qotri during his funeral at the Al-Ammari Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on the same day during clashes between Palestinians and soldiers as the Israeli army raided the camp.

Palestinian women mourn as men carry the body of Eissa al-Qotri during his funeral at the Al-Ammari Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, September 10, 2014. Al-Qotri was killed by the Israeli army early on the same day during clashes between Palestinians and soldiers as the Israeli army raided the camp. (photo: Activestills)

 

Youth throws stones during the weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum, a West Bank village located east of Qalqiliya, September 12, 2014. Locals began to organize demonstrations in July 2011 to protest the blocking of the main road linking Kafr Qaddum to Nablus.

Youth throws stones during the weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum, a West Bank village located east of Qalqiliya, September 12, 2014. Locals began to organize demonstrations in July 2011 to protest the blocking of the main road linking Kafr Qaddum to Nablus. (photo: Activestills)

 More photos: Gaza’s children face an uncertain future

Palestinians gather at the beach at sunset in Al Meena, Gaza City, September 12, 2014. After seven weeks of Israeli offensive, during which most Palestinians were confined to their homes, many Palestinians went to the beach to enjoy some open space.

Palestinians gather at the beach at sunset in Al Meena, Gaza City, September 12, 2014. After seven weeks of Israeli offensive, during which most Palestinians were confined to their homes, many Palestinians went to the beach to enjoy some open space. (photo: Activestills)

 

Residents of the "unrecognized' Palestinian village of Dahamash and their supporters protest against the plan to demolish 16 houses in their village, in the Ramle-Lod area, September 13, 2014. Three of the houses are expected to be demolished. Village residents have been struggling with the state to recognize the village and provide it with basic services. So-called "unrecognized" villages are Palestinian communities that the Israeli government refused to acknowledge as legal since the state's founding in 1948.

Residents of the “unrecognized’ Palestinian village of Dahamash and their supporters protest against the plan to demolish 16 houses in their village, in the Ramle-Lod area, September 13, 2014. Three of the houses are expected to be demolished. Village residents have been struggling with the state to recognize the village and provide it with basic services. So-called “unrecognized” villages are Palestinian communities that the Israeli government refused to acknowledge as legal since the state’s founding in 1948. (photo: Activestills)

 

Palestinian students walk past a damaged school building wall on their second day of school, in the Sobhi Abu Karsh Basic School in Shujayea neighborood, Gaza City, September 15, 2014. The school year started with a three-week delay, due to the latest Israeli offensive. During the attacks, 29 schools were destroyed, and at least 190 suffered damage. The first weeks of the Gaza school year were dedicated to recreational activities to help children to overcome their trauma.

Palestinian students walk past a damaged school building wall on their second day of school, in the Sobhi Abu Karsh Basic School in Shujayea neighborood, Gaza City, September 15, 2014. The school year started with a three-week delay, due to the latest Israeli offensive. During the attacks, 29 schools were destroyed, and at least 190 suffered damage. The first weeks of the Gaza school year were dedicated to recreational activities to help children to overcome their trauma. (photo: Activestills)

 More photos: Amid rubble and trauma, Gaza goes back to school

Mariam Al Nawasra, age 85, cries when recalling the attack on her family's home during the last Israeli offensive, September 16, 2014. The attack killed four members of the family, Salah (age 24), his wife Aesha, who was 4-month pregnant, and brothers Mohammed (age 2) and Nidal (age 4).

Mariam Al Nawasra, age 85, cries when recalling the attack on her family’s home during the last Israeli offensive, September 16, 2014. The attack killed four members of the family, Salah (age 24), his wife Aesha, who was 4-month pregnant, and brothers Mohammed (age 2) and Nidal (age 4). (photo: Activestills)

 

Doa Naim, age 15, sits in front of her writings which cover the walls of her bedroom in her home which was damaged during the last Israel offensive, September 16, 2014. Doa says, "By writing on the walls, I tried to say what I feel." She started writing at onset of the war.

Doa Naim, age 15, sits in front of her writings which cover the walls of her bedroom in her home which was damaged during the last Israel offensive, September 16, 2014. Doa says, “By writing on the walls, I tried to say what I feel.” She started writing at onset of the war. (photo: Activestills)

 

Members of the Halif family load their belongings into a car during the eviction of their family from its house in the Givat Amal neighborhood of Tel Aviv, September 17, 2014. Residents and community activists gathered in the neighborhood in an attempt to stop the eviction. The residents, who were placed there by the state in the 1950s, have been leading a struggle to recognize their rights to the property, which was sold to an Israeli businessman in the 1970s. More families in the neighborhood are also living under threat of eviction.

Members of the Halif family load their belongings into a car during the eviction of their family from its house in the Givat Amal neighborhood of Tel Aviv, September 17, 2014. Residents and community activists gathered in the neighborhood in an attempt to stop the eviction. The residents, who were placed there by the state in the 1950s, have been leading a struggle to recognize their rights to the property, which was sold to an Israeli businessman in the 1970s. More families in the neighborhood are also living under threat of eviction. (photo: Activestills)

 

The statue "Man with Key" by sculptor Auguste Rodin stands decorated with a keffiyeh scarf as a symbol of solidarity with Palestine, Oslo, Norway, September 18, 2014.

The statue “Man with Key” by sculptor Auguste Rodin stands decorated with a keffiyeh scarf as a symbol of solidarity with Palestine, Oslo, Norway, September 18, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

 

Caduri Halif stands among the rubble of his demolished house, Givat Amal neighborhood, Tel Aviv, September 18, 2014. A third eviction of families in the neighborhood left 20 residents homeless and without proper compensation or an alternative housing solution.

Caduri Halif stands among the rubble of his demolished house, Givat Amal neighborhood, Tel Aviv, September 18, 2014. A third eviction of families in the neighborhood left 20 residents homeless and without proper compensation or an alternative housing solution. (photo: Activestills)

 

Over 5,000 animal rights activists gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square and then marched through the streets under the slogan, "Stop the suffering, choose compassion", September 20, 2014. The protesters denounced the exploitation of animals by various industries, including food, entertainment, fashion and scientific experimentation.

Over 5,000 animal rights activists gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square and then marched through the streets under the slogan, “Stop the suffering, choose compassion”, September 20, 2014. The protesters denounced the exploitation of animals by various industries, including food, entertainment, fashion and scientific experimentation. (photo: Activestills)

 

Thousands march through central Oslo, Norway, to call for action to fight global climate change, September 21, 2014. According to organizers of the worldwide "People's Climate March", this demonstration was one of 2,808 protest events in 166 countries, which they claim was "the largest climate march in history."

Thousands march through central Oslo, Norway, to call for action to fight global climate change, September 21, 2014. According to organizers of the worldwide “People’s Climate March”, this demonstration was one of 2,808 protest events in 166 countries, which they claim was “the largest climate march in history.” (photo: Activestills)

 

A Palestinian family sits in their destroyed home in the At-Tuffah district of Gaza City, which was heavily attacked during last Israeli offensive, September 21, 2014.

A Palestinian family sits in their destroyed home in the At-Tuffah district of Gaza City, which was heavily attacked during last Israeli offensive, September 21, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

 

A protester holds a sign in Hebrew reading, "I am for peace," during a demonstration organized by the "Other Voice" movement from southern Israel in front of the Prime Minister's house, West Jerusalem, September 22, 2014. Protesters demanded an immediate start to political negotiations to resolve the conflict.

A protester holds a sign in Hebrew reading, “I am for peace,” during a demonstration organized by the “Other Voice” movement from southern Israel in front of the Prime Minister’s house, West Jerusalem, September 22, 2014. Protesters demanded an immediate start to political negotiations to resolve the conflict. (photo: Activestills)

 

A parkour player preforms on a Israeli police fence, as Israeli policemen control access to the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, preventing many Palestinian Muslim worshippers from attending Friday prayers, September 26, 2014. The Israeli police have restricted access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest shrine, to  men under 50 in an attempt to control clashes after Friday prayers.

A parkour player preforms on a Israeli police fence, as Israeli policemen control access to the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, preventing many Palestinian Muslim worshippers from attending Friday prayers, September 26, 2014. The Israeli police have restricted access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third-holiest shrine, to men under 50 in an attempt to control clashes after Friday prayers. (photo: Activestills)

 

Israeli soldiers grab olive trees from Palestinians attempting to plant them in protest against the decision by Israel to confiscate 1,500 dunams of land in Wadi Fukin village, near Bethlehem, West Bank, September 26, 2014. The previous week, Israel announced its biggest land grab in the West Bank since the 1980s, saying it planned to confiscate a total 3,800 dunams of land in the south western villages of Bethlehem Governorate. Before 1948, Wadi Fukin lands included about 12,000 dunams. By 1993, it retained only 3,000 dunams after Israeli land confiscations to expand nearby settlements, all of which are illegal under international law.

Israeli soldiers grab olive trees from Palestinians attempting to plant them in protest against the decision by Israel to confiscate 1,500 dunams of land in Wadi Fukin village, near Bethlehem, West Bank, September 26, 2014. The previous week, Israel announced its biggest land grab in the West Bank since the 1980s, saying it planned to confiscate a total 3,800 dunams of land in the south western villages of Bethlehem Governorate. Before 1948, Wadi Fukin lands included about 12,000 dunams. By 1993, it retained only 3,000 dunams after Israeli land confiscations to expand nearby settlements, all of which are illegal under international law. (photo: Activestills)

 

Israeli policemen enter the the Hayat family house in Silwan neighbourhood in East Jerusalem after Israeli settlers took over an apartment in the building, September 30, 2014. Israeli settlers took over seven homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem Tuesday morning.

Israeli policemen enter the the Hayat family house in Silwan neighbourhood in East Jerusalem after Israeli settlers took over an apartment in the building, September 30, 2014. Israeli settlers took over seven homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem Tuesday morning. (photo: Activestills)

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    1. Whiplash

      New settlements in East Jerusalem? All of Jerusalem is part of Israel’s undivided capital city. Buying or renting houses in Shiloach where Israelis already live is hardly a settlement much less a new settlement. Jews have a right to live where they want in Jerusalem provided they have legal title or a legal tenancy agreement.

      Why does activestills only show pictures of Palestinian suffering from the war in Gaza. Why no pictures of Daniel Tragerman and Isreali losses?

      Does Activestills not know that the Palestinians won the war? Should not Activestills be showing Palestinians celebrating their victory and steadfastness? Should they not show the rallies cheering their leaders who tell them they won the war? Why all the sour grapes? Gazans went to war and got all of the death and destruction they so solemnly courted. Gazans invested most of their resources in their war machine and now they have reaped the benefits many times over.

      At least Activestills could show a picture of victorious Mohammad Deif, dead. Give Palestinians something to cheer knowing their leader has reached paradise and the embrace of 72 green eyed virgins.

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    2. Danny

      The photo of the old woman with the cast on her leg is heartbreaking. There is no amount of hasbara in the world that can come close to negating this one poignant picture.

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    3. Richard

      Israelis eat animals and Palestinians do parkour? I’m sold – RIGHT OF RETURN NOW!!! Hahahahaha

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    4. Scottish chap

      I don’t get the title ‘Building Gaza Anew’. Israel’s government will do its damndest to see that Gaza stays in that same devastated condition or even gets worse (particularly during the next assault). It’s not even ironic: this is a war crime. At least call it by the right title.

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      • Richard

        Ignorant thoughts from a small mind in a provincial land where people have loathed Jews for centuries. I’m shocked.

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    5. Experiencing violence is equally traumatizing for all children; the psyche knows no ethnic or political borders. Children in the Gaza Strip and in Israel are suffering from the on-going violence and threat of violence. Innocent souls are unarmed, please let them to live.

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      • Whiplash

        Well, what is your plan? Hamas openly calls for genocide of all Jews, everywhere. There is no exception for Jewish children. Hamas’ Charter states that the Prophet said it is the duty of every Muslim to kill every Jew. Hamas quotes the Hadith saying that the ennd of days wil not come until the trees will cry out to Muslims to kill all Jews. Hamas’ Charter states that Israel will exist until Islam extinguishes it.

        So what type of compromise do you think is possible with Hamas which uses its own children as human shields? If Hamas will not respect the sanctity of their own children lives do you think they will have any regard for Israel’s children?

        I have heard prominent leftists in Israel, such as Amos Oz and Gershon Baskin, saying that an agreement with Hamas is not possible. So, if peace is not possible with Hamas, and Hamas will neither give up its weapons or ideology of destruction of Israel, just how will children on either side of the border be safe?

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