Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Purim, a display of power and arrogance
Pictured here: The Jewish Feast of Purim is a time of harassment and severe problems for Palestinians in al-Khalil (Hebron). In a show of power, the settlers take over the streets; checkpoints are closed, making movement difficult for Palestinians going about their daily lives. Added to this, is the state of drunkenness of the settlers, which results in abusive behavior as well as physical harm towards Palestinians. Read more here.
Pictured here: The Hebron Defense Committee organized a demonstration to protest the continued policy of administrative detention of Palestinians in Israeli jails. At present, there are 480 prisoners in Israeli jails. About 120 of are from al-Khalil. According to Addameer, administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information, without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. The keys symbolize the Right of Return of the millions of refugees living in camps outside Palestine. The Koran is held with respect.
A violation of international law
Pictured here: On Monday, the settlers of Kiryat Arba, aided and abetted by the Israeli Border Police, military and regular police, invaded seven acres of land belonging to the Aidade in Beit Einoon, northeast of Hebron. They started a new illegal outpost, named it “Havat Mesareve” in Hebrew and hung Israeli flags around the area. Four big trucks came with housing caravans, which they installed on the invaded land. The family has filed a complaint with the Israeli police.
Pictured here: The Israeli occupying forces arrest a young Palestinian teenager on suspicion of throwing stones. This is a regular occurrence in al-Khalil, where many arrests occur simply because Palestinians are at the wrong place at the wrong time. They are often tortured into confessing to a crime and then spend months or years in jail.
Beginning school with tear gas
Pictured here: Two Palestinian students are met with tear gas on their way to school in the early hours of the morning. These canisters were indiscriminately shot by Israeli police at schools in the area, causing students, teachers, parents and passers-by to suffer from excessive tear gas inhalation.
Al-Ibrahimi Mosque at night