The Month in Pictures: November 2012

6 December 2012


Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad al-Jabari, head of the military wing of the Hamas movement, during his funeral in Gaza City, 15 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Last month Israel launched its largest military assault on the Gaza Strip since Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 through January 2009. During the eight consecutive days of bombing and shelling, approximately 170 Palestinians were killed, including more than 100 Palestinian civilians, and approximately 1,400 Palestinians were injured. Dozens remain in critical condition since a ceasefire was announced on 21 November.

The relentless attacks began when Israel broke a tentative truce by extrajudicially executing Ahmad al-Jabari and his bodyguard as they drove along a Gaza City street on 14 November. Al-Jabari headed Hamas’ armed wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

In the following days Israeli air strikes and tank shelling targeted more than 1,500 sites throughout Gaza, damaging hundreds of homes and public infrastructure as well as infrastructure associated with the de facto Hamas government in Gaza. Israel also targeted the press, bombing two buildings housing media centers and deliberately killing three Palestinian journalists. Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza fired approximately 1,500 rockets toward Israel, reaching as far as Tel Aviv, according to the Israeli military. Six Israelis — four civilians and two soldiers — were killed.

The large-scale military attack on Gaza came after weeks of increased air strikes, extrajudicial executions and shooting on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, to which Palestinian groups responded with crude rocket fire and an attack on an Israeli army jeep.

Israeli forces repressed Palestinian protests in solidarity with Gaza, killing two in the West Bank and injuring 100 others, and arrested activists in the West Bank as well as Palestinian citizens in Israel.

The month concluded with the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voting in Palestine as a non-member observer state, an initiative led by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas sparked protests throughout Palestine at the beginning of the month after he renounced his right of return to Safad, his ethnically cleansed hometown in northern historic Palestine, on Israeli television.


Smoke rises following an explosion after an Israeli strike in Gaza City, 17 November.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)


Relatives of Palestinian Ahmad al-Nabaheen mourn during his funeral at the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, 5 November. Israeli soldiers shot and killed the Palestinian man after he approached a fence near the boundary with Israel, medics said.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


Thousands attended the funeral for four children of the al-Dalu family, who were killed when an Israeli airstrike leveled their Gaza City home the previous day, 19 November.

(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)


A deceased Palestinian child is taken from the intensive care unit at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, 14 November.

(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)


A man holds the body of his daughter, three-year-old Reham al-Nabaheen, during her funeral at al-Nusairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, 22 November. The girl was reportedly killed after an Israeli air strike on the al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


A Palestinian fireman points to an unexploded missile (not seen) after an Israeli air strike on an Interior Ministry building in Gaza City, 16 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


Palestinians stand near a factory which according to Palestinians was hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza, 16 November.

(Naaman Omar / APA images)


Displaced Palestinians who evacuated their homes take shelter at a United Nations school in Gaza City, 21 November.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)


A Palestinian man inspects his damaged home after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 15 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


A hole in the road after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the Israeli city of Ashdod, 18 November.



Palestinians in Gaza City celebrate what they say is a victory over Israel after eight consecutive days of bombing and shelling, 21 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, lay down their weapons as they celebrate after the truce between Gaza and Israel came into effect, Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, 22 November.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


Palestinians look at Wadi Gaza bridge, a strategic link between the northern and southern areas of the Gaza Strip, damaged in an Israeli air strike, 23 November.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)


A Palestinian man stands on the boundary between the Gaza Strip and Israel in the east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, 23 November.

(Eyad Al Baba / APA images)


Rushdi Tamimi’s mother bids her son farewell during his funeral in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, 20 November. Tamimi died from his injuries after being shot with live bullets fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel’s attacks in Gaza two days prior.

(Oren Ziv / ActiveStills)


Palestinians are forcibly evicted from their homes by Israeli troops before the demolition of their houses, 8 November.

(Emad Drimly / Xinhua/Zumapress)


Palestinians walk past Israeli security forces at the entrance of Jerusalem’s Old City, 23 November. The Israeli army said it had arrested 55 Palestinian “terror operatives” across the West Bank only hours after a truce came into effect ending the week-long Gaza conflict.

(Mahfouz Abu Turk / APA images)


Fighters with the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, speak to the media during a news conference in Gaza City, 13 November, during which the group claimed responsibility for the shooting of an Israeli military vehicle in which four soldiers were injured.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliver joint statements in Jerusalem on 20 November.

(Baz Ratner / Xinhua/Zumapress)


A Hamas supporter burns a poster depicting Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas during a protest in Gaza City, 3 November. Abbas told Israeli TV that he had no permanent claim on the town from which he was driven as a child during the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)


Palestinians watch a projection of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the United Nations near the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 29 November.

(Luay Sababa / Xinhua/Zumapress)


Palestinians perform traditional dance during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in support of the Palestinian Authority’s bid for upgraded status at the United Nations, 29 November.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)


Members of the Palestinian presidential guard stand outside the grave of late leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 6 November. Arafat’s remains were exhumed in November to test whether he was poisoned with polonium.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)


Israeli soldiers try to arrest a Palestinian boy as he was taking photographs during a weekly demonstration against Israel’s occupation and wall in the West Bank village of al-Maasara, 9 November.

(Oren Ziv / ActiveStills)


Palestinian students clash with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration at Fawwar camp near the West Bank city of Hebron on 14 November, the 24th anniversary of Palestinian Independence Day.

(Mamoun Wazwazi / APA images)


Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus demonstrate in solidarity with hunger-striking political prisoners including Ayman Sharawna and Samer Issawi, 25 November.

(Ahmad Al-Bazz / ActiveStills)


An Israeli soldier grabs an international activist by the neck while attempting to make an arrest, at al-Nashash junction near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 14 November. Activists attempted to block traffic on Route 60, the main north-south highway in the West Bank.

(Ryan Rodrick Beiler / ActiveStills)


Thousands protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in a show of anger over the ongoing Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, 16 November.

(Li Muzi / Xinhua/Zumapress)


A girl in Jakarta, Indonesia holds a Palestinian flag during a protest against Israeli air strikes on Gaza, 18 November.

(Agung Kuncahya / Xinhua/Zumapress)


Hundreds protest Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip in downtown Chicago, 19 November.

(Jonathan Gibby / ZUMA Press)


Kashmiri separatist activists hold placards in solidarity with Palestine during a protest in Srinagar in Indian-controlled Kashmir, 18 November.

(Javed Dar / Xinhua/Zumapress)


Demonstrators march through the streets of London in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, 24 November.

(Theodore Liasi / ZUMA Press)


Police are present at a Palestine solidarity demonstration in Mexico City, 20 November.

(Raul Ibanez)


Activists with the Awami Workers Party protest Israel’s attacks on Gaza outside the Lahore press club, 22 November.

(ZUMA Press)


Protesters in Sanaa, Yemen shout slogans during a rally against Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip, 18 November.

(Mohammed Mohammed / Xinhua/Zumapress)


Protesters wave signs at passing cars at a rally near New York City’s Times Square to protest Israeli attacks Gaza, 18 November.

(Michael Webster)



Protesters line the fence of the Massachusetts State House during a march through downtown Boston in protest of the Israeli military attacks on Gaza, 20 November. (Tess Scheflan / ActiveStills)

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