Palestine in Pictures: October 2021

Palestinian fishers sell their catch at Gaza City’s main port on 21 October.

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Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian boy in the occupied West Bank during October.

Amjad Osama Abu Sultan, 14, was killed after allegedly lighting a Molotov cocktail by Israeli soldiers waiting in ambush near Route 60, a highway used by Israeli settlers.

Israel is withholding the teen’s body, hampering an investigation into his death and preventing his family from holding a burial.

Israeli forces have killed 14 children under the age of 18 so far this year, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine.

The child rights group is the legal representative for slain Palestinian children at the International Criminal Court, which is investigating alleged war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Israeli defense minister declared Defense for Children International-Palestine and five other Palestinian organizations to be terrorist organizations during October.

It was widely seen as a move intended to disrupt the work of groups working with the international tribunal.

Israel advanced plans to build some 3,000 new settlement units in the West Bank in late October. It was the first such approval since Naftali Bennet succeeded Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister earlier this year.

Israel’s settlement enterprise is likely a primary focus of the resource-strapped International Criminal Court investigation, should it move forward.

West Bank settlements and the military checkpoints and infrastructure Israel has built to serve them are frequently a site of deadly violence against Palestinians.

On the same day that Abu Sultan was killed, a Palestinian motorist “ran over and seriously injured an Israeli Border Police officer at a flying checkpoint” near Jerusalem, according to the UN monitoring group OCHA.

“Israeli forces shot and seriously wounded the man in the head,” OCHA added.

Israel has used violent force against Palestinians protesting the destruction of parts of a centuries-old cemetery near the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Occupation authorities are moving forward with plans to build a park set to open next year.

“Workers from the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem municipality and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority exposed human remains during excavations, causing outrage and unleashing continuous protests and prayers at the site,” Al Jazeera reported.

Israeli settlers damaged or stole the harvest from more than 1,600 trees in the West Bank over a two-week period during October when Palestinians harvest olives. “Many of these trees were planted on Palestinian-owned land near settlements,” OCHA said.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces destroyed a paved agricultural road in the Jordan Valley of the West Bank in October, affecting some 350 farmers and their families.

On multiple occasions during October Israeli forces “opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast of Gaza, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions,” OCHA reported.

Israel also leveled land inside Gaza near the boundary fence in southern Rafah and confiscated a fishing boat that was anchored six nautical miles away from Gaza’s shore, “well inside the current fishing area” as permitted by the Israeli authorities, OCHA said.

Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 331 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza so far this year, according to OCHA data.

Nearly 700 Palestinian-owned structures have been destroyed in the West Bank during the same period, displacing some 950 people.

Israeli activists hold a solidarity visit and water convoy in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills on 2 October. Three days earlier, dozens of settlers under Israeli army guard invaded the villages of al-Mufaqara and al-Tuwani and killed goats, smashed windows and cars, and destroyed water tanks and solar panels. Twelve Palestinians were injured in the attack, including a 3-year-old boy who was hospitalized with a head injury.

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Palestinians and Israeli activists protest against Israeli land confiscation and the cutting of the water supply to Palestinian villages south of the West Bank city of Hebron on 2 October.

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The brother of Ahmed al-Qishawi displays a photo of his missing sibling at his Gaza City home on 2 October. Al-Qishawi, a mechanical engineering graduate who left Gaza for Turkey three years ago in search of job opportunities, is among six Palestinians who have gone missing in the country.

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Palestinian children salvage material from the rubble of their home in Beit Hanina, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem, after the family was forced to destroy it on 3 October. The Israeli municipality ordered the demolition on the pretext that the home lacked an Israeli-issued building permit.

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A Palestinian man herds sheep near the Israel-Gaza boundary, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 3 October. Fourteen years after Israel’s unilateral “disengagement,” it maintains control of Gaza’s land boundaries, access to the sea and airspace.

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Volunteers help Palestinian farmers and families harvest olives in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 3 October. Olive trees hold a crucial historical and cultural role in Palestinian heritage and national identity.

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English language teacher Louay Sheikh Eid dresses as a clown at his classroom in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 4 October. Eid said that he started wearing a costume to alleviate children’s stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in the wake of Israel’s assault on Gaza during May. “I try to put a smile on the faces of these children,” he said.

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Palestinians protest against the Framework for Cooperation signed by the US and UNRWA in front of the UN agency’s headquarters in Gaza City on 5 October. The Framework for Cooperation states that “the US will not make any contributions to UNRWA except on the condition that UNRWA takes all feasible measures to ensure that no part of the US contribution is used to assist any refugee receiving military training.”

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A Palestinian works at a coffee factory in Gaza City on 6 October. Six tons of coffee are consumed in Gaza daily and more than six companies compete in the local coffee production business.

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Photographer Hamed al-Hindawi, 82, at his home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip on 6 October. Al-Hindawi, who got his first camera in 1954, worked at prominent studios in Riyadh and Taif in Saudi Arabia.

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Palestinians gather outside the Gaza chamber of commerce to apply for permits to work in Israel, Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, 7 October.

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Palestinian children make their way to school at Khirbet Umm Tuba, south of Yatta, near the West Bank city of Hebron on 11 October. Palestinian children complain that they are constantly harassed by the Israeli army and settlers.

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Protesters stand outside of Kaplan Medical Center in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike to protest being held without charge or trial by Israel, 14 October. Miqdad al-Qawasmi was admitted to Kaplan’s intensive care unit after more than 100 days of hunger strike during October.

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Palestinians confront Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against land confiscation in Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, 16 October.

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Israeli forces demolish a Palestinian home located in the West Bank city of Hebron on 18 October on the pretext that it was built without a permit, which Israel rarely grants to Palestinians living in Area C — some 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control.

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Palestinians attend a scout rally marking the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad near the Damascus Gate to Jerusalem’s Old City on 19 October.

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The family of Muhammad al-Dura, killed by Israeli soldiers while being shielded by his father in September 2000, at their home in al-Bureij refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, on 19 October. The incident, recorded on video by a Palestinian journalist, is one of the most indelible images of the second intifada.

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Nisreen Abu Kamil is welcomed home by her family in Gaza City after she spent six years in Israeli prison on charges of espionage, 20 October. Israeli authorities had initially refused to allow Abu Kamil to return to Gaza because she is from the city of Haifa and holds an Israeli identity card. Abu Kamil is married to a Palestinian in Gaza and has lived there for 20 years.

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Palestinians confront Israeli occupation forces during a demonstration against Israeli settlements on village lands in Beit Dajan, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, 22 October.

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Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah march in solidarity with Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in protest of being held without charge or trial by Israel, 26 October.

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Palestinian patients undergo kidney dialysis at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital on 28 October. The Gaza health ministry announced that it had run out of an essential medication for treating patients with kidney disease. Gaza’s medical system has endured chronic shortages and depleted stocks of essential medicines, equipment and supplies since Israel imposed a severe blockade on the territory in 2007.

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Residents of the city of Tayibe, a Palestinian city in Israel, protest against an Israeli order to close businesses along a stretch of Route 444 on the pretext that they lack permits, 29 October. The busy road is near the fairly new Jewish settlement of Tzur Yitzhak, which has expanded rapidly on land belonging to Tayibe residents, who have great difficulty securing building permits under Israel’s system of apartheid.

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Israeli police detain a Palestinian during a protest against the building of a park on a centuries-old Muslim graveyard in Jerusalem’s Old City on 29 October.

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Ramadan Ishtawy harvests sugar apples at his Gaza City farm on 30 October.

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Displaced Palestinians protest in front of Gaza City’s al-Shorouk tower, destroyed in Israeli air strikes during May, to demand rent allowance on 31 October.

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