From prisoner releases to West Bank protests: A week in photos – August 8-14

This week: The release of pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners, Eid at the sea, the return to villages destroyed in the Nakba, and weekly demonstrations against the occupation.

Palestinians celebrate as they wait for the arrival of prisoners freed from Israeli detention in the headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 14, 2013. 26 Palestinian prisoners will be released, 15 to Gaza and 11 sent to West Bank, as part of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (Photo: Activestills.org)
Palestinians celebrate as they wait for the arrival of prisoners freed from Israeli detention in the headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 14, 2013. 26 Palestinian prisoners will be released, 15 to Gaza and 11 sent to West Bank, as part of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (Photo: Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians celebrate the arrival of Husni Sawallha and Mohammed Sawallha, Palestinian prisoners who spent 23 years in Israel prisons, Izmut village, West Bank, August 14, 2013. Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners from Gaza and West Bank were released as the first stage of a prisoner release, secured by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of renewed peace talks. A total of 104 Palestinian prisoners, all jailed before the start of the Oslo peace talks 20 years ago, are eventually supposed to be released over the next nine months. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)
Palestinians celebrate the arrival of Husni Sawallha and Mohammed Sawallha, Palestinian prisoners who spent 23 years in Israel prisons, Izmut village, West Bank, August 14, 2013. Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners from Gaza and West Bank were released as the first stage of a prisoner release, secured by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of renewed peace talks. A total of 104 Palestinian prisoners, all jailed before the start of the Oslo peace talks 20 years ago, are eventually supposed to be released over the next nine months. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

 

See more photos: Released Palestinian prisoners arrive home to West Bank

Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the Mediterranean Sea on the last day of the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, near Jaffa, August 11, 2013. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands of Palestinians got permits from Israel and visited Jaffa, Tel Aviv and other places in Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)
Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the Mediterranean Sea on the last day of the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, near Jaffa, August 11, 2013. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands of Palestinians got permits from Israel and visited Jaffa, Tel Aviv and other places in Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

 

Iqrit village marks one year of return after the decision by the displaced community to return to their village lands in August 2012. Iqrit is a Palestinian Christian village, located 25 kilometers northeast of Acre. Originally allotted to form part of an Arab state under the 1947 UN Partition Plan, it was seized, forcefully depopulated and then razed by Zionist forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and their territory later became part of the new State of Israel. All of its Christian inhabitants were forced to flee to Lebanon and neighboring Palestinian villages after they were expelled in 1948-1951. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)
Iqrit village marks one year of return after the decision by the displaced community to return to their village lands in August 2012. Iqrit is a Palestinian Christian village, located 25 kilometers northeast of Acre. Originally allotted to form part of an Arab state under the 1947 UN Partition Plan, it was seized, forcefully depopulated and then razed by Zionist forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and their territory later became part of the new State of Israel. All of its Christian inhabitants were forced to flee to Lebanon and neighboring Palestinian villages after they were expelled in 1948-1951. (Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian youth throw stones towards an Israeli army bulldozer during the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Kfer Qaddum, August 9, 2013. There have been regular demonstrations in Kfer Qaddum since July, 2011, protesting the blocking of the main road east of the village which used to link it to Nablus. (Photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)
Palestinian youth throw stones towards an Israeli army bulldozer during the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Kfer Qaddum, August 9, 2013. There have been regular demonstrations in Kfer Qaddum since July, 2011, protesting the blocking of the main road east of the village which used to link it to Nablus. (Photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian youth throw stones towards Israeli soldiers during the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Kfer Qaddum, August 9, 2013. There have been regular demonstrations in Kfer Qaddum since July, 2011, protesting the blocking of the main road east of the village which used to link it to Nablus. (Photo by: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)
Palestinian youth throw stones towards Israeli soldiers during the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Kfer Qaddum, August 9, 2013. There have been regular demonstrations in Kfer Qaddum since July, 2011, protesting the blocking of the main road east of the village which used to link it to Nablus. (Photo by: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)