Month in pictures: April 2009

The below photographs are a selection of images from the month of April 2009. “The month in pictures” is an ongoing feature by The Electronic Intifada. If you have images documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, or of solidarity with Palestine, please email images and captions to photos A T electronicintifada D O T net.

Protestors hold shields to protect themselves form tear gas at a weekly demonstration against the wall in the West Bank village of Bilin. One week earlier, Bilin resident Bassem Abu Rahme was murdered by an Israeli soldier during the protest, 24 April. (Oren Ziv/ActiveStills)

Palestinian students at Bethlehem University take part in a performance of a traditional Palestinian wedding in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 23 April. (Haytham Othman/MaanImages)

Gerry Adams, Northern Ireland political leader and Sinn Fein President, on a visit to areas destroyed by the recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, 8 April. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)

Palestinian girls attend the opening of a photo exhibition entitled “Who am I? Palestine through Palestinian eyes” in the Aida refugee camp in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 10 April. (Mimmi Nietula/MaanImages)

Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian youths during an invasion into the West Bank village of Beit Omar near Hebron, 2 April. (Mamoun Wazwaz/MaanImages)

Palestinians enact a scene in which Israeli soldiers abuse Palestinian detainees during a demonstration held in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Palestinian Prisoner Day, 17 April. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)

Palestinian Authority forces participate in a training session in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 14 April. (Haytham Othman/MaanImages)

Young Palestinians take part in a mini-marathon in the West Bank city of Nablus, 28 April. (Rami Swidan/MaanImages)

Palestinian children take part in a celebration of Jerusalem as the capital of Arab Culture 2009 in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya, 19 April. (Khaleel Reash/MaanImages)

Israeli soldiers stand guard as a bulldozer clears the ground next to the Israeli settlement Carmel, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, 26 April
(Mamoun Wazwaz/MaanImages)

Members of the ancient Samaritan community gather after the animal sacrifices during the traditional Passover sacrifice in Mount Gerizim, near the West Bank city of Nablus, 9 April. (Rami Swidan/MaanImages)

Palestinians paint a mural showing a captured Israeli soldier on a wall in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, 15 April. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)

Palestinian calligrapher Yasser Abu Sayma shows his work at his office in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 23 April. Abu Sayma will present Pope Benedict XVI a handwritten copy of the Gospel of Luke as a gift during the pope’s visit to Bethlehem in May. (Haytham Othman/MaanImages)

Palestinian students play musical instruments at the SOS Children’s Village orphanage in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, 23 April. The orphanage, established in 2000, faces the threat of closure because of the ongoing Israeli siege on Gaza. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)

A Palestinian man stands outside his house rebuilt mostly with clay in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, 29 April. Israel has refused to allow construction materials into Gaza since the end of its military offensive in January. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)