Photos of the week: Returning from Beirut, returning to Iqrit

This week: Majd Kayyal returns to his home in Haifa after protesting for his right for movement, Palestinian residents of Umm al-Fahm protest against ‘price tag’ mosque arson, Israelis protest for housing and animal rights, and for their right to get high. 

Majd Kayyal, a Palestinian researcher and journalist, poses for a portrait in his home, Haifa, April 19, 2014. Israeli security services arrested Kayyal last week at the Sheikh Hussein crossing at the Israeli-Jordanian border, after he returned from a visit in Lebanon. Kayyal attended a conference that marked the 40th anniversary of the As-Safir newspaper in Beirut. He was released after five days of interrogation after massive public pressure. (Activestills.org)
Majd Kayyal, a Palestinian researcher and journalist, poses for a portrait in his home, Haifa, April 19, 2014. Israeli security services arrested Kayyal last week at the Sheikh Hussein crossing at the Israeli-Jordanian border, after he returned from a visit in Lebanon. Kayyal attended a conference that marked the 40th anniversary of the As-Safir newspaper in Beirut. He was released after five days of interrogation after massive public pressure. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestnians protest at the entrance to the city of Umm al-Fahm, against the recent arson attack against a mosque in the city, April 21, 2014. On April 18, the door of a mosque in the city was set on fire, and a graffiti reading “Arabs out” was spray painted outside. The protest was held against the attacks against holy places of Muslims and Christians in Israel and the West Bank, calling to the Israeli police to take action against the attacks. (Activestills.org)
Palestnians protest at the entrance to the city of Umm al-Fahm, against the recent arson attack against a mosque in the city, April 21, 2014. On April 18, the door of a mosque in the city was set on fire, and a graffiti reading “Arabs out” was spray painted outside. The protest was held against the attacks against holy places of Muslims and Christians in Israel and the West Bank, calling to the Israeli police to take action against the attacks. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians protest in the entrance to the city of Umm al-Fahm, against the recent attack against a mosque in the city, April 21, 2014. On April 18, the door of a mosque in the city was set on fire, and a graffiti reading “Arabs out” was spray painted outside. The protest was held against the attacks against holy places of Muslims and Christians in Israel and the West Bank, calling to the Israeli police to take action against the attacks. (Activestills.org)
Palestinians protest in the entrance to the city of Umm al-Fahm, against the recent attack against a mosque in the city, April 21, 2014. On April 18, the door of a mosque in the city was set on fire, and a graffiti reading “Arabs out” was spray painted outside. The protest was held against the attacks against holy places of Muslims and Christians in Israel and the West Bank, calling to the Israeli police to take action against the attacks. (Activestills.org)

 

Israeli police push worshipers in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, April 19, 2014. The day before Easter, thousands of Palestinian Christians and international pilgrims attempt to enter Jerusalem’s Old City to participate in the “Saturday of Light” or “Holy Fire” celebration in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The Israeli High Court of Justice ruled this month that Palestinians rights are being violated by checkpoints and other restrictions that annually create obstacles to worship. Many Palestinians complain of harsh treatment by Israeli police while attempting to access holy sites. (Activestills.org)
Israeli police push worshipers in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, April 19, 2014. The day before Easter, thousands of Palestinian Christians and international pilgrims attempt to enter Jerusalem’s Old City to participate in the “Saturday of Light” or “Holy Fire” celebration in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The Israeli High Court of Justice ruled this month that Palestinians rights are being violated by checkpoints and other restrictions that annually create obstacles to worship. Many Palestinians complain of harsh treatment by Israeli police while attempting to access holy sites. (Activestills.org)

 

Hanna Nasser stands near his family graves in the cemetery of the displaced Palestinian village of Iqrit in northern Israel, April 21, 2014. Iqrit’s original inhabitants were forcibly evacuated in the Nakba of 1948. Though the Israeli High Court granted the residents, who are Palestinian citizens of Israel, the right to return to their homes in 1951, the military destroyed the village and has since prevented their return. Only the village’s church and cemetery remained intact, and are still used by village residents while they campaign for a full return. (Activestills.org)
Hanna Nasser stands near his family graves in the cemetery of the displaced Palestinian village of Iqrit in northern Israel, April 21, 2014. Iqrit’s original inhabitants were forcibly evacuated in the Nakba of 1948. Though the Israeli High Court granted the residents, who are Palestinian citizens of Israel, the right to return to their homes in 1951, the military destroyed the village and has since prevented their return. Only the village’s church and cemetery remained intact, and are still used by village residents while they campaign for a full return. (Activestills.org)

 

On Easter Monday, generations of the displaced Palestinian village of Iqrit celebrated mass in the town’s church, the only building to remain standing. Northern Israel, April 21, 2014. Iqrit’s original inhabitants were forcibly evacuated in the Nakba of 1948. Though the Israeli High Court granted the residents, who are Palestinian citizens of Israel, the right to return to their homes in 1951, the military destroyed the village and has since prevented their return. Only the village’s church and cemetery remained intact, and are still used by village residents while they campaign for a full return. (Activestills.org)
On Easter Monday, generations of the displaced Palestinian village of Iqrit celebrated mass in the town’s church, the only building to remain standing. Northern Israel, April 21, 2014. Iqrit’s original inhabitants were forcibly evacuated in the Nakba of 1948. Though the Israeli High Court granted the residents, who are Palestinian citizens of Israel, the right to return to their homes in 1951, the military destroyed the village and has since prevented their return. Only the village’s church and cemetery remained intact, and are still used by village residents while they campaign for a full return. (Activestills.org)

 

Local residents and activists holds signs near a barricade they set with from cars to prevent a planed eviction of houses in the Gival Amal neighborhood in Tel Aviv, April 22, 2014. The main road leading to the neighborhood was blocked after six houses received eviction orders, starting April 23 due until May 12th, 2014. According to the plan, 130 families living in the area since 1948, will be evicted without proper compensation. (Activestills.org)
Local residents and activists holds signs near a barricade they set with from cars to prevent a planed eviction of houses in the Gival Amal neighborhood in Tel Aviv, April 22, 2014. The main road leading to the neighborhood was blocked after six houses received eviction orders, starting April 23 due until May 12th, 2014. According to the plan, 130 families living in the area since 1948, will be evicted without proper compensation. (Activestills.org)

 

Local residents and activists protest against planed eviction of houses in the Gival Amal neighborhood in Tel Aviv, April 23, 2014. The main road leading to the neighborhood was blocked after six houses received eviction orders, starting April 23 due until May 12th, 2014. According to the plan, 130 families living in the area since 1948, will be evicted without proper compensation. (Activestills.org)
Local residents and activists protest against planed eviction of houses in the Gival Amal neighborhood in Tel Aviv, April 23, 2014. The main road leading to the neighborhood was blocked after six houses received eviction orders, starting April 23 due until May 12th, 2014. According to the plan, 130 families living in the area since 1948, will be evicted without proper compensation. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian and Israeli activists plant a Palestinian flag at a tent placed by settlers on land belonging to the West Bank village of Khirbet An-Nahla, April 18, 2014. All Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law. (Activestills.org)
Palestinian and Israeli activists plant a Palestinian flag at a tent placed by settlers on land belonging to the West Bank village of Khirbet An-Nahla, April 18, 2014. All Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law. (Activestills.org)

 

Israeli activists protest against the arrest of Majd Kayyal and against the gag order regarding his case, outside the Haaretz newspaper’s offices in Tel Aviv, April 16, 2014. Israel arrested and placed in incommunicado detention the journalist and researcher Majd Kayyal, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, on Saturday evening at the Sheikh Hussein crossing on the Israeli-Jordanian border, after he returned from a visit in Lebanon. Kayyal was returning from a conference he independently attended to mark the 40th anniversary of the As-Safir newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon. He was released due to public and legal pressure, after being interrogated by Israeli security services for five days. (Activestills.org)
Israeli activists protest against the arrest of Majd Kayyal and against the gag order regarding his case, outside the Haaretz newspaper’s offices in Tel Aviv, April 16, 2014. Israel arrested and placed in incommunicado detention the journalist and researcher Majd Kayyal, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, on Saturday evening at the Sheikh Hussein crossing on the Israeli-Jordanian border, after he returned from a visit in Lebanon. Kayyal was returning from a conference he independently attended to mark the 40th anniversary of the As-Safir newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon. He was released due to public and legal pressure, after being interrogated by Israeli security services for five days. (Activestills.org)

 

Animal rights activists hold bodies of dead animals during a protest in center Tel Aviv against animal testing, April 22, 2014. (Activestills.org)
Animal rights activists hold bodies of dead animals during a protest in center Tel Aviv against animal testing, April 22, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Mounted Israeli policemen disperse protesters, as over 1500 protesters block the road leading to the Israeli parliament, during an event calling on the Israeli government to legalize the use of Cannabis, in West Jerusalem, early morning of April 20, 2014. The protest event was entitled ‘The Big Bong Night’ and its organizers were arrested two days earlier, for openly calling the participants via social networks, to smoke cannabis during the protest. The Israeli police prevented the gathering in the park near the parliament and arrested over 30 protesters. (Activestills.org)
Mounted Israeli policemen disperse protesters, as over 1500 protesters block the road leading to the Israeli parliament, during an event calling on the Israeli government to legalize the use of Cannabis, in West Jerusalem, early morning of April 20, 2014. The protest event was entitled ‘The Big Bong Night’ and its organizers were arrested two days earlier, for openly calling the participants via social networks, to smoke cannabis during the protest. The Israeli police prevented the gathering in the park near the parliament and arrested over 30 protesters. (Activestills.org)

 

An Israeli man smokes a bong, as over 1,500 protesters blocked a road leading to the Israeli parliament during a demo calling on the Israeli government to legalize the use of Cannabis, West Jerusalem, Early April 20, 2014. Israeli police prevented from the protesters to gather in park in front of the parliament, in an event titled “The big bong night” and its organizers openly called to break the law and to smoke cannabis during the event. Police arrested over 30 protesters. (Activestills.org)
An Israeli man smokes a bong, as over 1,500 protesters blocked a road leading to the Israeli parliament during a demo calling on the Israeli government to legalize the use of Cannabis, West Jerusalem, Early April 20, 2014. Israeli police prevented from the protesters to gather in park in front of the parliament, in an event titled “The big bong night” and its organizers openly called to break the law and to smoke cannabis during the event. Police arrested over 30 protesters. (Activestills.org)