On September 19th, 2022, an Israeli judge at Ofer military court extended the detention of Hafez Hureini, who was attacked by five armed settlers on his land in At-Tuwani one week ago. Since the attack, he has been held in military prison with two broken arms. The judge reduced his charge from attempted murder to aggravated assault, and extended his detention for three more days. Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.
On September 12th, Palestinian journalist Lama Ghosheh was brought to a hearing in a Jerusalem court following her arrest by Israeli forces. “I want to see my kids,” she said. Ghosheh was arrested in her home in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem last week in front of her two small children. She was detained because of 11 recent social media posts that are said to show support for the Palestinian armed struggle against the occupation. Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.
On September 4th, four young Israelis announced their refusal to enroll in mandatory military service in the Israeli army because of its policies toward Palestinians. “I decided to refuse because the main goal of the army is the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews," said one of the four objectors, who will be sentenced to imprisonment in military jail.
Representatives of Palestinian civil society groups and supporters gathered in front of Al Haq’s office to protest against Israel's military raids targeting Palestinian human rights groups on August 18th. During the raids, computers and other equipment were taken by Israeli military forces and metal doors were sealed with notices on them that the organizations are outlawed and are closed. Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.
On July 23rd, protesters called for the immediate release of Khalil Awawdeh and Raed Rayyan in front of the Israeli Ramleh Prison, where the two hunger striking Palestinian administrative detainees are held without charge or trial despite their deteriorating and life threatening conditions after a total period of more than a hundred days without food each. Photo by Haidi Motola/Activestills.
On July 15th, Palestinians, joined by Israelis and internationals, protested in A-Tur, East Jerusalem, calling for justice for Shireen Abu Akleh during US President Biden’s visit to Augusta Victoria Hospital. Abu Akleh was killed by live fire while covering a raid by Israeli forces in Jenin. Multiple forensic analyses determined the bullet that killed Abu Akleh was fired by Israeli forces, yet Israel refuses to hold anyone responsible.
On June 23rd, Palestinians mourned the killing of Ali Hassan Harb, 27, who was stabbed in the chest by an Israeli settler. Just before the killing, a band of settlers crossed into Harb's hometown of Iskaka to build an illegal outpost. Harb was attacked trying to stop the settlers. The Israeli police have arrested a suspect. Three of his relatives said Israeli police and soldiers witnessed the attack. Those relatives were detained and interrogated by the internal intelligence agency Shin Bet. Once released, they said they had been detained for speaking out.
June 17th, 2022: Hundreds of Palestinians gather on Gaza’s beach to cool off. This is the first summer in years in which Gazans have full access to the beach. Previous years brought restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the 11-day Israeli offensive last year. The water provides welcome relief from the heat in the besieged Gaza Strip, where residents suffer from a chronic electricity shortage and poor housing.
On June 10th, Israelis and Jews from North America and Europe joined Palestinians in a mass demonstration near the Mitzpe Yair settlement in Masafar Yatta, West Bank. The demonstrators marched in opposition to the Israeli High Court’s recent decision to expel eight Palestinian communities from Masafer Yatta to create an exclusive military domain called "Firing Zone 918." During the demonstration, Israeli settlers blockaded Palestinian roads and threw stones at protesters and their vehicles. Israeli forces used tear gas and stun grenades against protesters, two of whom they detained and later released.
On June 1st, the Israeli Civil Administration carried out mass demolitions of 10 structures in Al-Fakheit and Al-Mirkez, two villages in the Masafer Yatta region of the West Bank. The majority of the structures belonged to the same families whose homes were demolished on May 11th, days after Israel approved the forced expulsion of Masafer Yatta's residents. Since December 2021, Israel has carried out mass demolitions of Al-Fakheit and Al-Mirkez three times.
During Jerusalem Day celebrations on May 29th, Israelis marched through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, chanting anti-Palestinian slogans like "Death to Arabs." During the parade, Israel allowed thousands of settlers to enter the Muslim Quarter for an annual Flag March. Police reacted aggressively against Palestinians, and protected Israeli settlers.
On May 23rd, a team of forensic investigators from the Israeli Ministry of Health took a DNA sample from a child’s grave in Petah Tikva. The sample could confirm the identity of the child. Some suspect the child is Uziel Khoury, one of the thousands of children who the Israeli government took from their families, mostly in the 1950s, in a scandal known as the Yemenite, Mizrahi and Balkan Children Affair. Khoury’s grave was opened after a four-year legal battle, during which the Israeli state tried to postpone the exhumation of his body. Khoury’s family emigrated from Tunisia in 1948, and he was born in 1952. At age one he fell sick and was transferred to Israeli welfare services, and then hospitalized. The agency informed his family that he died of polio.
Hundreds of protesters contested the ethnic cleansing of Masafer Yatta, in the South Hebron Hills, on May 13th. Days earlier, the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank. Earlier this month, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that residents of Masafer Yatta could be expelled from their land to allow the military to turn it into a training ground.
During celebrations of Israel's independence day, on May 5th, anti-Zionist Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews march in Jerusalem to mourn the 74th anniversary of the creation of the state. Protesters, who call themselves "Palestinian Jews," carried Palestinian flags and burned Israeli flags at the center of the Mea Shearim neighborhood. Israeli security forces cracked down on the protest, and raided the neighborhood to remove the Palestinian flags hung on buildings.
On April 29th, Palestinian youth cross the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank town of A-Ram to attend the last Friday prayer of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem. On every Friday of Ramadan, the Israeli military allows women of all ages and men over 50 to enter without obtaining a movement permit. Boys and men ages 12 to 50 must have a permit to attend the mosque.
Palestinians and Israeli activists hold a vigil in front of the Jerusalem Magistrate Court, on April 25th, during a hearing on whether to expel the Salem family from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. The judge would conclude the hearing by ruling that the case must be reheard, forestalling the expulsion for at least two months.
Israeli settlers block main roads around Nablus in the West Bank to protest recent Palestinian armed attacks. The settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles; Israeli forces did not act to prevent the settlers’ attacks. Meanwhile, the Israeli army closed several military gates to Palestinian areas and turned back Palestinian traffic.
The Israeli military has severely restricted the movement of West Bank Palestinians in the days after several Palestinians killed 11 Israelis. In this photo taken on April 3rd, Israeli soldiers prevent Palestinian workers from crossing through a damaged section of the separation fence near the West Bank checkpoint of Meitar, near Hebron.
On March 26th, Palestinians commemorated Land Day in the village of Sa'wat Al-Atrash, in the Naqab (Negev) region of Israel. Land Day is marked every year to commemorate the day in 1976 when six Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured in the Galilee while protesting Israeli land confiscation in favor of Israeli settlers. The March 26th event was held in Al-Naqab following recent tensions between locals and Israeli authorities after locals have had their agricultural crops damaged and lands raided repeatedly by Israeli authorities.