This week: Anti-Prawer Plan protests from south to north, tear gas weapons on a Bethlehem Christmas tree, a Druze refusenik, a fake fur fashion show, a water break during clashes, an Emmy-winner against the wall, Ethiopians arrested, Al-Araqib endures demolition, Afghan asylum seekers in Europe, and the ongoing humiliations of occupation.
Israeli Bedouins throw stones at Israeli police during a protest against the Prawer-Begin Plan, on Road 31 near Hura, Israel, on November 30, 2013. Hundreds of Israeli Bedouins and activists protested and clashed with police, throwing stones and setting tires on fire. Police fired tear gas and arrested at least 10 protesters. Activists declared a ‘Day of Rage’ across Israel and Palestine to protest the Israeli government’s Prawer-Begin Plan, which if implemented will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens from their homes in the Negev desert.
Israeli policemen advance as Bedouin youth throw stones during a protest against the Israeli government’s Prawer Plan, on road 31 on November 30, 2013 near the town of Hura, Israel. Police fired tear gas and arrested at least 10 protesters. Activists protested in the Negev, Haifa, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza and around the world, marking the third “Day of Rage” against the plan.
Activists are blocked by Israeli police forces during the “Day of Rage” protest against the Prawer-Begin Plan, Bab A-Zahara, East Jerusalem, November 30, 2013.
Demonstrators run away from a police water canon track during the “Day of Rage” protest against the Prawer-Begin Plan, Haifa, Israel, November 30, 2013. Around 1,000 demonstrators participated in the demonstration. Police used horses, water canons and shock grenades to disperse the demonstrators. Around 20 protesters were arrested and several were injured.
Palestinian and international activists react to stun grenades thrown by Israeli forces during the “Day of Rage” protest against the Prawer-Begin Plan in front of the Israeli settlement Bet El, Al Jalazun, West Bank, November 30, 2013. Three Palestinians were arrested by Israeli soldiers during the demonstration.
Bethlehem-area activists hang tear gas grenades and other U.S.-made crowd control weapons used by the Israeli military in nearby Aida Refugee Camp on trees decorated for Christmas in Bethlehem\’s Manger Square, West Bank, December 2, 2013. The decorations in Manger Square and the Christmas season celebrations in Bethlehem are partly funded by USAID. Activists aimed to raise awareness among the many tourists visiting Bethlehem during the holiday season that U.S. military aid provides many of the weapons used by Israeli forces against the Palestinian people.
Clashes in Haifa erupted after a court sentenced seven Palestinian citizens of Israel who were convicted of being involved in the killing of Israeli soldier Natan Zada, November 28, 2013. Zada opened fired in a bus at the Arab town of Shfar’am during the 2005 disengagement plan in Gaza, killing four people and injuring nine.
Omar Sa’ad, a Palestinian-Druze conscientious objector, walks into the Tiberias induction base, where he will state his refusal to be drafted to the Israeli army, December 4, 2013. Over 100 family members, friends and activists protested on Wednesday morning to support Omar, who is expected to sent to military prison after refusing the draft.
Anti-fur activists take part in a fake fashion show during the Worldwide Fur Free Friday (WFFF) initiated by the International Anti-Fur Coalition to ask for the dissolution of the fur trade, Tel Aviv, November 28, 2013.
A Palestinian youth drinks from a public water tap during a lull in clashes with Israeli forces in Aida Refugee Camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, November 29, 2013. This day’s clashes followed several days of confrontations followed the killing of three Palestinian militants by Israeli forces in Yatta.
“5 Broken Cameras” director and Emmy Award winner Emad Burnat holds his award in front of the Israeli wall, during the weekly demo against the wall and occupation in the West Bank village of Bil’in, Novmber 29,2013. The village celebrated return of Burnat to Bil’in in this week’s demonstration.
Palestinians citizens of Israel and other actvists block a road and shout slogans during a protest against the Prawer-Begin Plan, Jaffa, November 28, 2013.
Ethiopians await outside a police station in central Jerusalem for the release of Ethiopian activists arrested during a demonstration earlier in the day, Jerusalem, December 3, 2013. A demonstration of the Ethiopian community took place calling for housing and better jobs for their community.
Bedouin residents of the “unrecognized” village of Al Arakib protest the demolition of their village and demand the release of the activists arrested during an anti-Prawer demonstration the day before, in Lehavim Junction, December 1, 2013. The village of Al Arakib was demolished by the Israeli authorities over 60 times, as the Jewish National Fund is planting a forest on the village’s lands.
Activists protest in front of the 127 BIS repatriation center during a demonstration against the deportation of immigrants, Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, December 2, 2013. Built like a prison, the center is surrounded by a triple row of wire netting and has isolation cells. The detention conditions have been repeatedly denounced by human rights organizations. The detainees in 127 BIS are asylum seekers whose request for release was dismissed by the Foreign Office.
Afghan asylum seekers march with torches demanding protection and decent living conditions, Brussels, Belgium, December 4, 2013. Hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers use a church as a shelter living in difficult conditions. Without papers, they cannot work or find decent housing. There are around 2.7 million Afghans who continue to live in exile and some 450,000 who are internally displaced. Belgium has been involved in the Afghan conflict a decade.
Sheikh Sayah Aturi is welcomed by family members and activists as he walks out from the Be’er Sheva court, following his release from arrest, November 28, 2013. Sayah was arrested on November 20, after his village Al Arakib was demolished by the Israeli authorities. Since then, he remained in jail after refusing to sign an order denying him entrance to his lands. The court decided to release him for a week of house arrest outside his village.
Palestinian detainees stand in Tapuah Junction while Israeli soldiers guard them, Tapuah Junction, West Bank, December 3, 2013. In the background soldiers from the Oketz canine unit search the Palestinian’s car.