Palestinians from the village of Sandala in the north of Israel gather for the funeral of 19-year-old Deyar Omari on May 7th. Following a traffic dispute, Omari, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was shot and killed at close range by a Jewish resident of the neighboring village of Gan Ner, south of Afula.
Palestinians take part in the annual March of Return on April 26th, on the site of what was the village of Al-Lajjun before Israeli forces forced residents to flee in 1948. The march marks 75 years since the creation of the State of Israel, whose forces destroyed at least 530 Palestinian villages and neighborhoods. Israel bans the return of Palestinian refugees while allowing Jews from all over the world to move to the country and gain full citizenship.
Israeli activists protest in Tel Aviv as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at a commemoration ceremony for Zionist fighters killed during the occupation of Jaffa in 1948. The activists demonstrated at the site of what was once Manshiya, Jaffa, a Palestinian neighborhood whose residents were ethnically cleansed by a Zionist militia in 1948.
Over 1,500 Israeli Jews gathered in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound—known to Jews as the Temple Mount—during Passover on April 9th, accompanied by armed Israeli officers. Under the agreement between Israel and Jordan that governs the site, known as the “status quo,” non-Muslims are permitted to enter, but not to pray there.
Israeli forces suppress a Palestinian protest against the recent increase in settler attacks in the West Bank town of Huwara on April 1st. The protest was also held to observe Land Day, which commemorates the 1976 killing of six Palestinians in the Galilee while protesting land confiscation by Israeli authorities.
Thousands of West Bank Palestinians cross an Israeli military checkpoint on their way to Jerusalem for the first Friday mass prayer of Ramadan last week. Israeli forces announced that, for West Bank Palestinians without permits, access to Jerusalem during Ramadan Fridays would be limited to women of any age and men over 45.
Palestinian photojournalist and Activestills contributor Wahaj Bani Moufleh stands on the street on March 17th, the day after his release from Palestinian Authority (PA) detention. Bani Moufleh was arrested while documenting a March 8th funeral in Jenin for Abdulfattah Khrousheh, who was suspected of killing two Israeli settlers in February. PA forces fired tear gas and forcibly dispersed mourners during the funeral procession. “This experience only increased my strength and determination to continue my journalistic work with professionalism and love,” Bani Moufleh said.
Palestinians hold Friday prayers next to an apartment building under threat of demolition by Israeli authorities in the neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem on February 17th. One hundred Palestinians who live in the building face displacement if Israel goes ahead with its demolition plan, which was delayed following an international pressure campaign.
Palestinians carry their belongings after Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian houses in the West Bank village of Duma, near the city of Nablus, on February 2nd. In the first five weeks of this year, Israeli forces have destroyed 132 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to the United Nations.
Israeli settlers block Palestinian cars at the entrance to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat on January 28th to protest recent shooting attacks in Jerusalem that killed seven and injured at least five. Israeli police protected the settlers while taking action against Palestinians. At least one Palestinian was arrested. Settlers also blocked roads and harassed Palestinians at major junctions in the West Bank.
Maher Younis, one of the oldest Palestinian prisoners, arrives in the village of Arara on January 19th after his release following 40 years of imprisonment. Israeli authorities arrested Younis in 1983 on the charge of killing an Israeli soldier. On the eve of his release, Israeli authorities reportedly warned Younis’s family not to raise Palestinian flags or to hold a mass celebration for his return home.
Israeli anti-Zionist activists hold signs condemning Israeli colonialism at a largely liberal Zionist mass protest against the new far-right government in Tel Aviv on January 7th. Some Israeli activists only oppose Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, while anti-Zionist Israelis oppose the entire Israeli system of rule imposed on Palestinians between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Photo: Activestills.
Palestinian human rights lawyer Salah Hammouri, who was deported by Israel after the government revoked his Jerusalem residency, arrives in Paris on December 18th, 2022. Hammouri, who also holds French citizenship, had been detained in an Israeli prison without charge since March. UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Jeremy Laurence condemned the Israeli government’s actions, saying that “deporting a protected person from occupied territory is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, constituting a war crime.” Photo: Anne Paq/ Activestills.
Denise Guidoux (left), the mother of French Palestinian lawyer Salah Hammouri, gives a press conference with Hammouri’s attorney, Leah Tsemel, in Jerusalem on December 2nd. The previous day, Israel's interior minister announced that Hamouri, who has been detained without charge in an Israeli prison since March, will be deported to France. Amnesty International said the forced deportation would constitute a war crime. Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills
The aftermath of the demolition of a school in the Masafer Yatta area of the West Bank by Israeli forces, which ordered children to evacuate from their classrooms before the bulldozers set to work. Demolishing Palestinian structures, including schools, is seen by Palestinians as a continuation of Israel’s efforts at ethnic cleansing. According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, more than 50 Palestinian schools in the West Bank are under threat of demolition, with Israel saying they “lack building permits.” Photo: Basil Al-Adraa/Activestills.
Israeli authorities bring a bulldozer into the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem to demolish a home belonging to Yousef al Taweel on November 7th, saying that he did not obtain a proper building permit before beginning construction. The vast majority of Palestinian permit requests to build structures are denied by Israel.