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Striking images from the last week of Gaza’s Great March of Return

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Over the last two weeks Palestinians in Gaza have assembled in mass along the border with Israel for the “Great March of Return,” protesting against their displacement and the siege over the Strip. Demonstrators built a tent village that they will keep erected until mid-May. The encampment has become a focal point for political speeches, children playing, even a somber marking of a birthday. Teenager Hussein Madi was killed on his 14th birthday last Friday by Israeli forces. Yesterday his family lit candles in memorial near the location where he was fatally wounded.

Since demonstrations began late last month Israeli forces have killed 30 Palestinians, including one journalist, and injured at least 2860, according to Gaza’s ministry of health.

Palestinian youth show their Parkour skills during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 10, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

The mother of Palestinian Teenager Hussein Madi, who was killed during clashes with Israeli security forces, holds his death certificate at her house in Gaza city on April 9, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Palestinians light candles during a symbolic birthday party for Palestinian Teenager Hussein Madi, who was killed during clashes with Israeli security forces at the Israel-Gaza border, on his 14th birthday in the east of Gaza City April 9, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

A Palestinian woman holds symbolic key and balloons during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 10, 2018.(Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

A Palestinian painter puts the finishing touch of a mural, during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border in the center of Gaza strip on April 9, 2018. (Photo: Mahmoud Khattab/APA Images)

Palestinian journalists take part during a protest demanding to stop Israeli attacks on journalists near the border between Gaza and Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on April 8, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Mourners and journalists carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, 30, who died from his injuries after he was shot by Israeli security forces during clashes at the Israel-Gaza border on Friday, during his funeral he was dressed in his blue press jacket that he was wearing when he was fatally shot, in Gaza city April 7, 2018. (Photo: Sanad Latefa/APA Images)

Palestinian protesters burn tires and mark out the face of President Donald Trump on a placard during clashes in a tent city protest at the Israel-Gaza border, demanding the right to return to their homeland, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

A Palestinian man carries Iyad Al Dawahidi’s prosthetic leg that was shot by Israeli security forces during clashes at the Israel-Gaza borde during a tent city protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at al-Shifa hospital, in Gaza city on April 6, 2018. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajour/APA Images)

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6 Responses

  1. Citizen
    April 11, 2018, 10:16 am

    Have seen lots of images of suffering Syrian youth on main cable tv news lately, but none of suffering Palestinian youth. All the news anchors, reporters, pundits except Tucker Carlson are pushing war on Syria.

  2. DaBakr
    April 11, 2018, 12:13 pm

    The mother of all returns…….

  3. tamarque
    April 12, 2018, 11:14 am

    Thank you for the pictures of the struggle: they make the Palestinian efforts and life more real to the public. However, it is time to stop the MSM mantra of ‘clashes’ betw the IDF and the Palestinian people. They are not clashes as if 2 equal armed forces were battling. This is a Liberation struggle by an illegally occupied and oppressed people by a racist and genocidal State.

  4. Jane Porter
    April 12, 2018, 12:55 pm

    yes indeed, you can’t call it a clash when one side is armed with deadly weaponry and the other side is unarmed

    • Annie Robbins
      April 12, 2018, 2:22 pm

      and you can’t call them clashes when there’s a land barrier between the two sides. photo captions (such as these) are generally written by the photographer/photojournalist or their agency. here’s a tongue and cheek article addressing the topic “How to write about Palestine like an objective western journalist” https://www.iol.co.za/news/opinion/how-to-write-about-palestine-like-an-objective-western-journalist-14371607

      First: The facts

      Each time Palestinians protest and Israelis open fire, you should describe it as “clashes” or something similar, devoid of contextualisation. Take Bloomberg for instance (“Palestinians Clash With Israeli Troops for second week in Gaza”) or BBC’s (“Deadly unrest on Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians resume protests”). Here, the facts don’t matter: There were no clashes; just Israeli forces opening fire on unarmed protesters – who were either rolling tyres to burn near the fences or border, or praying, or running, or chanting. Take CNN’s “Fresh violence erupts along Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians march again”. Here the violence erupts the same way a volcano erupts for no particular reason.

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