The Month in Pictures: November 2013

A Palestinian boy receives dialysis treatment at a hospital in Gaza City, 11 November. The Palestinian Minister of Health in the Gaza Strip warned that frequent power outages, resulting from Israel’s siege, endanger the lives of at least 500 dialysis patients.

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On 1 November, the Gaza Strip’s power plant shut down due to lack of fuel as a result of Israel’s years-long siege. The crisis has been exacerbated by Egypt, which has destroyed smuggling tunnels under its border with Gaza and has prevented the transfer of fuel donated by third-party states. Power outages of up to 16 hours a day have disrupted vital services in Gaza including health, water, sanitation, solid waste disposal and schooling, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

According to OCHA: “The Ministry of Health in Gaza has indicated that essential specialized health services, such as kidney dialysis, operating theaters, blood banks, intensive care units and labs, among others, have been affected.”

None of Gaza’s approximately 300 water and sewage treatment facilities are functioning adequately due to a lack of fuel to power back-up generators, OCHA reported, causing sewage to be diverted to open channels, the sea or storm water lagoons. The main sewage pump station in Gaza City overflowed into the streets during a power outage, affecting 3,000 persons.

The freedom of movement of Palestinians in Gaza continued to be severely restricted; Rafah crossing with Egypt, the sole point of entry and exit for the vast majority of Gaza’s nearly 1.7 million residents due to Israel’s years-long closure of other crossings, was in operation for a total of ten days during the month because of closure by the Egyptian authorities. Meanwhile the shortage of cooking gas in Gaza continued for the second month in a row.

Four armed Palestinians were killed and another was injured between 31 October and 1 November when Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered Gaza east of Khan Younis to destroy a recently-discovered tunnel leading to Israel. Five Israeli soldiers were injured during the operation.

Israeli forces shot dead five Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in November and a 30-year-old Palestinian laborer was killed by a volunteer of the Israeli Border Police during a 30 November raid carried out in a cemetery in present-day Israel aimed at arresting workers without permits. In two separate incidents on 7 November, Israeli forces controlling military checkpoints shot and killed two young Palestinian civilian men, OCHA reported.

And in two separate incidents in the Hebron governorate of the West Bank on 26 November, Israeli forces shot and killed three alleged members of a Palestinian armed group. “According to eyewitnesses, in none of the cases did the Palestinian men open fire against the Israeli force,” OCHA reported, adding that the incidents triggered clashes across the southern West Bank resulting in the injury of 55 civilians, including 44 children.

Clashes also erupted in Jerusalem following the death of a severely ill Palestinian girl who was delayed while en route to a hospital due to a traffic jam caused by an Israeli checkpoint. Protests and confrontation with Israeli forces also broke out near Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem after a Palestinian man from Qalandiya refugee camp died of his injuries sustained when Israeli forces shot him in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet on 1 March 2013. Israeli forces have killed 26 Palestinians in the West Bank so far this year, including at least 22 civilians, according to OCHA, a sharp increase from the total of six killed during the equivalent period in 2012.

Half of the Palestine refugee population in Syria, an estimated 235,000 persons, are internally displaced or have fled to neighboring countries. UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, reported on 17 November that 29 Palestine refugees in Syria were killed in the past two weeks, and on 25 November the agency reported that 17 Palestine refugees were killed in the previous two weeks, an increase from previous reporting periods.

Demonstrations were held across Palestine and around the world on 30 November in a “Day of Rage” protest against the Prawer Plan, an Israeli government scheme to forcibly transfer tens of thousands of Bedouins from the southern Naqab (Negev) region of present-day Israel in order to replace them with Jews.

An activist is arrested by Israeli forces during a Day Of Rage protest against the Prawer Plan in front of the Israeli settlement Bet El in the occupied West Bank, 30 November.

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Israeli police fire a water cannon at demonstrators during a Day of Rage protest against the Prawer Plan in Haifa, present-day Israel, 30 November.

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Bedouins throw stones at Israeli police during a Day of Rage protest against the Prawer Plan on Road 31 near Hura in present-day Israel, 30 November.

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The mother of Anas al-Atrash, 23, mourns in the West Bank city of Hebron after her son was killed by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint near Jerusalem, 8 November. It was the second fatal shooting by Israeli forces in the area within just 12 hours.

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A Palestinian woman mourns during the funeral of Hamas fighter Rabee Baraka, Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 1 November. The local commanders of Hamas’ military wing were killed by tank fire, Palestinian officials said, while the Israeli army said five of its soldiers were wounded by an explosive device. The Israeli military said the fighting erupted when an explosive device went off as troops were clearing a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip to Israel.

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A boy displays a poster during the funeral of 22-year-old Hasan Toraby, who died at an Israeli hospital after being denied medical treatment for Leukemia in prison, in the northern West Bank village of Sara, 5 November.

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Palestinians hold portraits of Motasem Radad, a Palestinian in Israeli prison who is very ill with cancer, during a solidarity protest in the West Bank city of Nablus, 17 November 2013.

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Ismail Haniyah, de facto prime minister in Gaza, visits the home of assassinated Hamas commander Ahmad al-Jabari in Gaza City on 15 November. Al-Jabari was killed in an Israeli air strike one year ago at the outset of an eight-day military assault on the Gaza Strip, killing more than 130 persons.

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 6 November, during a day of meetings in Jerusalem and Bethlehem aimed at reviving negotiations. Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the day.

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Islamic Jihad fighters inspect a training camp which witnesses said was targeted in an overnight Israeli air strike, Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, 20 November.

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Palestinians walk through a Gaza City street flooded with sewage after the main pump station overflowed during a power outage, 13 November.

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Members of the Abu Tarbush family survey possessions removed from their house which was demolished by Israeli forces, 1 November. Their home was located near the Israeli military checkpoint controlling access between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. According to the family, they had a 99-year agreement to rent the house from the Orthodox Church, to which the land belongs. They plan to remain on the site until the church helps them rebuild their house.

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Palestinians stand around a house that was torched overnight in the West Bank village of Sinjil, 14 November. Five children suffered from smoke inhalation injuries after the attackers set fire to the home and spray-painted in Hebrew: “Regards from Eden, Revenge!” referring to an Israeli soldier killed the previous day.

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Sheikh Sayah Aturi is welcomed by family members and activists as he exits a Beer Sheva court following his release from jail, 28 November. Aturi was arrested on 20 November when his village, al-Araqib, was demolished by the Israeli authorities. Aturi remained in jail after refusing to sign an order denying him entrance to his lands; the court decided to transfrer him to home arrest outside his village.

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Workers build a new section of Israel’s wall around Shufat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, 6 November. The wall will separate the camp from other Jerusalem neighborhoods.

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Boys sit on a hill overlooking the Israeli settlement of Halamish during the weekly demonstration against the occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, 22 November.

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Emad Burnat, grassroots activist and 5 Broken Cameras filmmaker, holds his Emmy award in front of Israel’s wall during Bilin village’s weekly demonstration against the occupation, 29 November. 5 Broken Cameras, which chronicles the popular struggle in Bilin, received the International Emmy Award for best documentary in November.

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Palestinian activists destroy part of Israel’s wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala, 15 November.


A Palestinian refugee girl from Syria stands outside tents at Ein al-Hilwe refugee camp near the port city of Sidon, southern Lebanon, 8 October.

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Women from the West Bank city of Bethlehem march to protest violence against women, 16 November.

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Palestinian youths in Gaza City paint a mural as part of a campaign to demand women’s inheritance rights, 27 November.

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Absiya Jafari, aged more than 100 years old, holds a Palestinian passport issued during the British Mandate belonging to her husband and herself, in the West Bank village of al-Walaja, 23 November. The original village of al-Walaja was completely destroyed by Zionist forces in 1948.

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Three-day-old lion cubs at a zoo in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, 20 November. The cubs’ parents were smuggled into Gaza from Egypt four years ago and live at the zoo. The cubs did not survive.

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Palestinian singer Sana Moussa sings during the conclusion of Nights of Tarab in Arab Jerusalem, an annual festival organized by the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, 23 November.

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A large crowd attends a concert by the group Watar at the French Institute, Gaza City, 19 November. The concert was combined with the ActiveStills photo exhibit Not a Dreamland, which explores the vibrant artistic and subculture scenes in Gaza.

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Palestinian youths in Gaza City run during a marathon organized by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, to mark Universal Children’s Day, 28 November.

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A Palestinian Bedouin woman grazes her goats outside a makeshift tent in the central Gaza Strip, 7 November.

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