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Land Day
Lifta
By Rich Wiles
27 Mar 2015

Yakoub Odeh is one of Lifta's Nakba survivors and also the head of 'Sons of Lifta' - a community group that was established by the refugees in defense of their village and their right to return to live in the village: "We are here to remember, we are here to learn and we are here to say we will never give up (our struggle for return)." Yakoub Odeh and Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

The refugees ended their Land Day action with Friday prayers at the edge of Lifta's spring under the watchful eyes of Israeli security forces and Jewish orthodox youth from the nearby settlements.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

A Jewish youth from a nearby settlement talks to Palestinians commemorating land day in the village of Lifta.

Although the village centre of Lifta and its houses remain unoccupied, large areas of the village's wider lands were expropriated for settlement expansion. Orthodox youth from these settlements regularly visit Lifta to bath in its spring

Palestinian refugees and Jewish orthodox youth, Lifta, West Jerusalem, March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Lifta's mosque is also still standing today and offers sweeping views across the western slopes of the village from its arched windows.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel, March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Cleaning and restoration work in the village cemetery has become a focal point for many events held by the community-in-exile when they visit Lifta. The refugees' ancestors remain buried at the site to this day. There are now estimated to be more than 7 million Palestinian refugees and displaced people.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Nader Liftawi was born a refugee in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem in 1970 and was brought to the village regularly by his father from an early age.

"I have brought my children here since they were young. I come at least once every month to check the houses, clean the graves and smell the air. This is everything to us," explained Nader.

Nader Liftawi, Palestinian refugee form Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Lifta was forcibly depopulated in early 1948 by Zionist militias, well before the official establishment of the State of Israel. Some Nakba survivors say that they were told to leave temporarily and would later be allowed to return.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Yakoub Odeh is one of Lifta's Nakba survivors and also the head of 'Sons of Lifta' - a community group that was established by the refugees in defense of their village and their right to return to live in the village: "We are here to remember, we are here to learn and we are here to say we will never give up (our struggle for return)."

Yakoub Odeh and Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Lifta is unique amongst the Palestinian villages that were depopulated during the Nakba in that the majority of its houses remain structurally intact and are not occupied by Israelis today.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta. Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

The refugees hung signs in various locations around Lifta reaffirming the history and Palestinian identity of the village.
Palestinian refugees from Lifta, Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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Lifta
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

After a journet of only 10 minutes the refugees arrived back in the village from which they were forcibly displaced in early 1948 by Zionist militias.
Palestinian refugees from Lifta, Lifta, West Jerusalem, Israel. March 27 2015.

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East Jerusalem
By Rich Wiles
26 Mar 2015

Palestinian refugees boarded buses in the East Jerusaelm neighbourhood of French Hill to make the short journey across the Green Line to their home village of Lifta to commemorate Land Day.

Palestinian refugees from Lifta, March 27 2015, French Hill, East Jerusalem, Palestine.

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After the Punishment: Home Demolition...
Silwan
By Ibrahim Husseini
24 Dec 2014

In Jerusalem, the Israeli Army has been destroying the family homes of militants as a form of collective punishment. This story explores what happens to those families after they have lost their home.

Article:

Text by Youssef Zbib

In October, 21-year-old Abdel Rahman Shalodi drove his car into a light rail train station on a line that connects Israeli settlements in Jerusalem. He killed a baby and a woman from Ecuador and wounded at least seven other people. This act was part of a recent series of attacks against Israelis, fueled in part by a religious conflict over the ownership of the holy site that Israelis call the Temple Mount and to which Palestinians refer as the Noble Sanctuary.
In retaliation for the attack, the Israeli government ordered the destruction of the Shalodi family’s apartment unit, located in the Silwan neighborhood near the disputed old center of Jerusalem. His mother, father and five siblings, are now without a home.

"Right now we are living in my brother-in-law’s apartment. He is in Jordan now and will come back in five months,” said Enas Shalodi, Abdel Rahman’s 43-year-old mother.

“We can only use the living room and one bedroom in the apartment in which we are staying, so the situation is a little difficult. Some of my children sleep at their grandmother's and some sleep here," she added.

The Israeli police have not left the family alone since the demolition. Police officers interrupted a reporter’s interview with Enas to inspect the apartment, something which has happened repeatedly since the family moved into their temporary residence.
“They came here when we moved in and said that we are not allowed to stay. [They show up whenever] a reporter comes here,”Enas said while her teenage daughter Nebras spoke with the police officers.

“The [Israeli police] are also threatening to demolish the home where we are staying now, which belongs to my brother-in-law (…) Since the demolition, approximately 34 days ago, they broke in here about 10 times,” Enas said.

Enas’s daughter Nebras finds it hard to deal with the family’s difficult circumstances.
“We have no computer, no TV, no devices and the house is too small. It is not enough," Nebras said.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has labeled the demolition of the family homes of militants as a “war crime.”
“Justifying punishment of people who are not responsible for a criminal act just because they might ‘support’ it would set a dangerous precedent which could come back to haunt Israelis,” reads a statement issued by HRW in November 2014. Israeli critics of this policy, on the other hand, argue that it is ineffective because, as figures show, the number of attacks by Palestinians against Israel increases following house demolitions.

Demolition to expand settlements

In addition to demolishing homes as a punitive measure, Israeli authorities also destroy Palestinian homes built without a permit. Palestinians in the West Bank, however, usually cannot obtain such permits even if they apply for them.
According to the pro-peace Israeli monitoring group B’Tselem, Israel has demolished 545 houses that belong to Palestinians in east Jerusalem between 2004 and 2014. This has made 2,115 people homeless. Some people take down their homes with their own hands in order to avoid paying demolition charges to Israeli authorities, according to the organization’s official website.
The Zeer family, made up of a mother, a father and five children, now lives in a cave after Israeli authorities razed their house twice, without giving them a clear explanation.
“Sometimes they [Israeli authorities] claim that this is an agricultural area. At other times they claim that we do not a have a [building] permit,” said 40-year-old Khalid al-Zeer. “It seems that they want to uproot us and ethnically cleanse the original inhabitants from this land and move in settlers that they have gathered from around the world.” The small community of Israeli settlers in Silwan has recently expanded as dozens of them moved into the neighborhood in October, with the help of a right-wing organization called Ateret Kohanim that promotes Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem. The organization considers this influx a legitimate return to a village established by Yemenite Jews in the 1880s known in Hebrew as Kfar Hashiloah, which disappeared in the 1920s.
Eli Hazan, a member of the Israeli Likud party, defended his government’s policy of building settlements in the West Bank.
“We are going to stay in [the West Bank], therefore we are going to build in these places,” Hazan said. “We remember what happened from 1948 to 1967. Jews could not go to East Jerusalem. They could not go to the Western Wall and Mount of Olives.”

From the Palestinian point of view, however, this will only lead to more grief.

“This suffering and the suffering of every Jerusalemite will not be over until the end of the occupation,” said Enas Shalodi.

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Art as Resistance in Palestine
Palestine
By Rich Wiles
06 Oct 2014

Arts and culture have always figured significantly within the wider context of Palestinian resistance. People such as Mahmoud Darwish, Ghassan Kanafani and Naji al-Ali took Palestine to the world through their art many decades ago, and their work - shaped heavily by the Palestinian experience of exile - lives on today.

Cultural aspects of resistance have developed over the decades and traditional practices of poetry, literature and dabke are now accompanied by street art, hip hop, modern dance and contemporary art. New styles and practices have evolved - often influenced by today's globalized world - but in many ways still maintaining a distinctly Palestinian edge.

Whilst links between Darwish's poetry or Naji al-Ali's immortal 'Handala' and today's hip hop groups or street artists may not seem immediate to the uninformed, the context is shaped by the same core issues. The Palestinian story of exile and the struggle against it remain a constant and inherent focus of Palestinian arts and cultural practice today, much as it did amongst earlier practitioners who had themselves lived, and survived the Nakba.

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Ramallah Today (3 of 8)
Jerusalem
By Florin Ghioca
30 Aug 2013

An Israeli car in Jerusalem, inscribed with the "Free Palestine!" message.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day
Jerusalem,
By U.S. Editor
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1967.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
Jerusalem
By Carlos van as
07 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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B-Roll Separation Barrier Part 1
Ras al Amoud, East Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

A section of the separation barrier in Ras al Amoud, East Jerusalem

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Palestinians wait at Qalandia checkpoint
Qalandia Palestine
By Elo B
27 Jul 2012

Palestinians wait to cross Qalandia checkpoint, one of the largest Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. This checkpoint is not located on a border recognized by international law but one between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

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Palestinians wait at Qalandia checkpoint
Qalandia Palestine
By Elo B
27 Jul 2012

A Palestinian man read the Coran while waiting at Qalandia checkpoint, one of the largest Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank.

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Palestinians wait at Qalandia checkpoint
Qalandia Palestine
By Elo B
27 Jul 2012

Palestinians wait to cross Qalandia checkpoint, one of the largest Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. This checkpoint is not located on a border recognized by international law but one between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

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A Palestinian man reads the Coran whi...
Qalandia Palestine
By Elo B
27 Jul 2012

Palestinians wait to cross Qalandia checkpoint, one of the largest Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. This checkpoint is not located on a border recognized by international law but one between Ramallah and Jerusalem.