Month in Pictures: September 2012

5 October 2012


A guard from the settlement colony of Mitzpe Yair carrying an M16 rifle chases away livestock belonging to shepherds in the village of Qawawis in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills, 18 September.

(SG / ActiveStills)

The month of September witnessed growing unrest in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip over deteriorating economic and living conditions. In the Gaza Strip, several Palestinian resistance fighters, two Palestinian police officers and a fisherman were killed by Israeli forces. In the West Bank, Israeli forces injured protesters during weekly demonstrations against the occupation, and settlers attacked Palestinian farmers.

In Gaza, 18-year-old Ehab Abu Nada died after setting himself on fire, while unsuccessful self-immolation attempts were reported in the West Bank. Gaza residents protested the Hamas government after a small child died from a fire caused by a candle used to light his family’s home during one of Gaza’s frequent power outages resulting from the ongoing fuel crisis. Meanwhile in the West Bank, protesters confronted Palestinian Authority forces in outrage over austerity measures imposed by appointed Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Two Palestinian political prisoners, Hassan Safadi and Samer al-Barq, ended their long-term hunger strikes after reaching deals with the Israeli Prison Service. Ayman Sharawna remains on a hunger strike stretching into its third month in protest of Israel’s imprisoning him without charge or trial — a practice known as administrative detention.

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon marked the 30th anniversary of the horrific Sabra and Shatila massacre. Palestinian refugees in Syria meanwhile continued to be affected by the ongoing violence there.


Mourners carry the body of Tareq al-Kafarna, killed by Israeli fire, during his funeral in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, 6 September.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


A relative of Ihab and Akram al-Zaanin, two brothers who were killed by Israeli fire, is comforted by family members during the men’s funeral in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, 6 September.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


Mourners carry the body of fisherman Fahmi Abu Rayash during his funeral in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, 29 September. Abu Rayash died of his wounds after the Israeli navy opened fire on his boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics said.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


Relatives of Ashraf Saleh mourn during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after Israeli forces killed two Palestinian security officials, one of them Saleh, in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, 20 September.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


The father of Fathi Baghdadi displays photos of his son who died after a fire from a candle that swept through the family’s home in the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, 26 September. The Baghdadi family was using candles during one of Gaza’s frequent power outages.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


A Rafah street during a power outage in the southern Gaza Strip, 21 September.

(Eyad Al Baba / APA images)


Visitors sit in the mourning tent of Ehab Abu Nada in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, 3 September. The young man died after setting himself on fire; multiple self-immolation attempts have been reported on in the West Bank and Gaza as Palestinians struggle under worsening economic conditions.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


An Israeli soldier detains a Palestinian man at the Atara checkpoint in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 17 September.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)



Akram Bani Odeh is hospitalized after he was attacked by Israeli settlers while farming near the West Bank city of Nablus, 16 September.

(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)


Israeli soldiers observe a shepherd with his flock in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills, 22 September.

(Anne Paq / ActiveStills)


Palestinian women and children watch as a settler enters their village with two guard dogs as settlers invade the village of Qawawis in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills, 22 September.


Protesters stand on a portrait of appointed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad during a demonstration against the high cost of living in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, 10 September. The PA has chronic budgetary difficulties, described by several ministers as “the worst financial crisis” since its inception in 1994.

(Mamoun Wazwazi / APA images)


Palestinian security forces disperse crowds outside a police station protesting high living costs and the Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank city of Hebron, 10 September. Palestinian youths attacked a local police station and other government buildings in Hebron as protests against worsening economic conditions in the occupied West Bank turned increasingly violent.

(Mamoun Wazwazi / APA images)


An activist holds a placard reading: “EU Closed, by order of Palestinians” during a protest outside a European Union office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 21 September.  Demonstrators protested the European Union’s silence over Israel’s imprisoning of thousands of Palestinians.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)


Women take part in a protest in Gaza City calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, 24 September.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)


Protesters in the West Bank city of Nablus carry posters of hunger striker Hassan Safadi, calling for the freedom of Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, 23 September.

(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)


Artists paint a mural in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City, 26 September.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)


An Israeli soldier attempts to arrest a Palestinian boy during the weekly demonstration against the occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, 21 September.

(Oren Ziv / ActiveStills)


Protesters throw stones at an Israeli bulldozer during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near the West Bank city of Nablus, 14 September.

(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)


A Palestinian woman carries portraits of her relatives who were killed during the Sabra and Shatila massacre during a march to mark the 30th anniversary of the massacre in Beirut.

(Sharif Karim / Reuters)


A wall with graffiti paying tribute to the late pro-Palestinian Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza City, 17 September. A Gaza court convicted four men that day over last year’s abduction and slaying of the activist in Gaza.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)


An employee works at the solar power station in the West Bank city of Jericho, 30 September.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)


Women sort waste for production compost in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 23 September. Some Palestinians, driven by poverty exacerbated by the Israeli blockade and unemployment, have resorted to combing landfill sites for bits and pieces of rubbish and scrap to sell.

(Eyad Al Baba / APA images)


A farmer sorts freshly harvested sesame seeds at his field in the village of Misilya near Jenin in the northern West Bank, 28 September.

(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)


Young women wear traditional dress at a guava festival in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, 16 September.

(Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)


A worker at a new archaeological site in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, 24 September. The French government is financing the restoration of the archaeological site which dates back to 329 AD and consists of two churches, a burial site, a baptism hall, a public cemetery, an audience hall, and dining rooms.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)


Students on the first day of school in Abu Hindi Valley near the West Bank city of Jericho, 2 September.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)


Palestinian children ride their bicycles while Israeli border police close roads between Israeli settlements and Palestinian neighborhoods near Jerusalem’s Old City during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, 26 September.

(Mahfouz Abu Turk / APA images)


Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, 24 September. Parkour, originating in France, is the sport of traversing elements in both urban and rural settings with the goal of moving from one point to another as quickly and efficiently as possible.

(Majdi Fathi / APA images)

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