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Land Day 6
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

In the West Bank village of Wadi Fukin, an olive tree planting event is underway with local activists and refugees from Bethlehem's refugee camps to commemorate Land Day on March 30th 2015.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 18
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

Activists flee as Israeli forces rain tear gas down on them. The tear gas stopped the olive tree planting event being held to commemorate Land Day in the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 1
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

A Palestinian youth raises a Palestinian flag from the top of settlement construction machinery within the construction site that is expanding the Israeli settlement of Sur Hadassah. Sur Hadassah is located on the land of the West Bank Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin and the land of the pre-Nakba Palestinian village of Ras Abu Ammar.

Wadi Fukin/Ras Abu Ammar, West Bank/Green Line, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 2
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

A small group of activists reach the construction site on the top of the hill in which Sur Hadassah settlement is being further expanded.

Wadi Fukin/Ras Abu Ammar, West Bank/Green Line, Palestinel. March 30 2015.

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Land Day 3
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

An elderly Palestinian women plants an olive tree sapling on land of the village of Wadi Fukin, which is threatened with confiscation by the expansion of the Sur Hadassah Jewish settlement.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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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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Land Day 7
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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Land Day 8
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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Land Day 9
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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Land Day 10
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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Land Day 11
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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Land Day 13
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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Land Day 14
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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Land Day 15
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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Land Day 22
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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Land Day 16
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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Land Day 17
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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Tunisia against terrorism 01
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Women participate en masse in the World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia against terrorism 02
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

The World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia against terrorism 03
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Agents guarding the front of the Bardo Museum in Tunis protest against terrorism

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Tunisia against terrorism 04
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of Algerian participants proudly wave their county's flag in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia against terrorism 06
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum

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Tunisia against terrorism 07
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A team of military police to protect participants in the World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia against terrorism 08
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A team of military police to protect participants in the World Social Forum's Global March Against Terrorism

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Tunisia against terrorism 09
Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Participants in the march wave a giant flag of Palestine

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

Participants in the march came from many places outside of Tunisia

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Tunisia, Tunisa
By Zaid Abbour
23 Mar 2015

A group of participants sings the Tunisian national anthem in the Global March Against Terrorism in front of the Bardo Museum to protest the attack that killed 23 people the previous week. Now, locals and foreigners together clamor for peace.

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Bethelehm
By Muamar Orabi
25 Feb 2015

Maha al-Saqqa has worked for the past 30 years in making traditional Palestinian costumes. She recently started in Bethlehem a center for Palestinian heritage, which showcases the traditional embroidery craft.

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Snow Blankets Jerusalem
Jerusalem
By Andrea DiCenzo
18 Feb 2015

The city of Jerusalem woke up to a blanket of ten inches of snow from a storm the night before. Winters in the region have become increasingly colder and this is the fourth year in a row that snow has fallen on Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Municipality has asked the residents of Jerusalem and surrounding areas to refrain from using the roads and schools have remained closed. As children are starting to appear outside to revel in the beautiful views of the city covered in snow, the government has stressed its responsibility to ensure safety in the city. "The first objective is to save lives, the second to open roads and the third to supply electricity," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement released on Thursday night.

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Marjaayoun
By lotfallah
15 Feb 2015

Marjaayoun, Lebanon

February 15, 2015

An unidentified object fell from the sky in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on Sunday, February 15, according to eyewitnesses. The Lebanese Army searched for the unknown white body, which landed near the Lebanese town of Deir Mimas.

Israeli forces routinely monitor south Lebanon using warplanes and remotely controlled drones. Hezbollah is also known to have to launched several unmanned drones as part of its conflict with Israel.

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Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media