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    Activestills Frames Of 2013

    It is very hard to summarise 365 days, especially in an event-haunted place such as Palestine-Israel. This year, Activestills photographers covered more than 700 events, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, as well as in Turkey, South Africa, the U.S., Belgium and Germany. This selection is a narrow peek into the amazing struggles and troubling events that took place in 2013, events that will most likely continue to unfold in the coming year.  Photographers: Ahmad al-Bazz, Hamde Abu Rahme, Shiraz Grinbaum, Keren Manor, Tali Mayer, Shahaf Polakow, Anne Paq, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Yotam Ronen, Tess Scheflan, Oren Ziv

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    Life Between Waves

    I was born and raised in Gaza. For me the sea is so important because this the only place where I can feel free and just have fun. As every other person living here, I cannot get enough of it.  Throughout history, the sea was considered the primary outlet for the Gaza Strip. This small coastal enclave has acquired many habits from the sea and developed itself through this maritime resource. Today, even with Israel’s acts of aggression and occupation, the sea is still considered vital for Gazan life.

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    Day of Rage against the Prawer-Begin Plan

    In protest of the Prawer-Begin Plan, which if implemented, will result in the forced displacement of tens of thousands of Bedouin in the Negev desert, Bedouin and other activists organized a 'day of rage.' On Saturday November 30, demonstrations took place in the southern town of Hura, in Haifa, East Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jaffa. The following is the story of those protests, in photos.

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    The Long March For Freedom

    In an act of mass civil disobedience, more than 150 Sudanese asylum seekers chose not to appear for the evening roll call at Holot Detention Center in Israel’s south on the night of December 15, 2013. Instead, they set out on a march to Be'er Sheva, more than 30 miles away, where they spent the night at the central bus station in freezing winter conditions. Read more..

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    We Tolerate Tragedy: Gaza Aftermath

    I was already in Gaza prior to Israel’s deadly eight days of attacks launched in November 2012. Once I left, the people I had photographed and interviewed during that terrible week remained at the forefront of my thoughts. I visited Jamal al-Dalu — who lost ten family members in an Israeli air strike on their home — several times. We were standing together when the body of his son was pulled out of the rubble, four days after the bombing...

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    Bitter Harvest: Picking Olives in Occupied Palestine

    The olive harvest, taking place mainly in the month of October, forms a key part of the Palestinian culture and economy. For generations, families have come together on their ancestral lands to pick olives, share meals, and divide the harvest. But Israeli settler violence and military restrictions on movement have made what should be a celebration of abundance into a season of fear and hardship. Because of this, the harvest season has become a focal point for Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists. Activestills have been documenting these challenges and solidarity efforts for years...

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    Every Day We Are Chapuling: The Gezi Park Protests

    The daily protests in Gezi Park lasted about three weeks. They swept other cities and neighborhoods in Turkey along with international media. The small group of environmental and anti-privatization activists who started the demonstrations in Gezi Park, encountered brutal and massive suppression by the Turkish police. This gained them overnight support of different political and ethnic groups in the country and beyond...       

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    Gold Mining In Latin America

    The story of the men and women who, lacking financial backing from wealthy investors, set out for the mountains and the river to try their luck and search for a way to improve their lives. Without gold they would surely live in poverty, as so many people do in the countries where they live...

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    Al-Araqib

    Al-Araqib is one of 45 unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev desert in Southern Israel. From July 27, 2010 to the end of 2011, the village was demolished 33 times. Despite daily harassment, ongoing house demolitions and the Israeli government's determination to forcefully transfer the Bedouin population out of their historical land, the residents of Al-Araqib continue to struggle for  their land. This is a photographic documentation of their struggle spanning 2009-2011...

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    Activestills Selection 2011

    Our photgrapher's best photos selection for 2011. Participating: Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Keren Manor, Anne Paq, Ahmad al-Bazz, Ryan Rodrick Beiler.

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    Public Housing In Israel 2012

    The late Moshe Silman burned himself to death at a social justice demonstration that took place in Tel-Aviv on July 14, 2012, in protest of his housing problems. In his suicide letter he elucidated his act by announcing, "I will not be homeless," and blamed the Israeli government for years of neglect and abuse. The mainstream media's approach to his act was to embrace the government and prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's motto claiming that "this was a personal tragedy"...

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    Activestills Selection 2012

    Our photgrapher's best photos selection for 2012.  Participating: Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Keren Manor, Anne Paq, Ahmad al-Bazz, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Shiraz Grinbaum.

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    Refugees and Asylum Seekers In Israel 2007-2009

    In 2007, a new wave of African refugees began arriving in Israel. Most come from Sudan and Eritrea, areas of genocide and ongoing conflict. In Israel, they lack legal status or support, and are frequently arrested or left to live on the streets. Often refugees are accused of being “enemies” of Israel, citizens of countries such as Sudan which Israel has no official relationship... 

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    Not a Friendly Game: Sidelined By The World Cup

    In 2014, Brazil will host the World Cup. Cities across the country have been experiencing serious violations of urbanism and environmental laws, in addition to violations of constitutional rights such as the right to property and housing. The development of civic infrastructure is undertaken without transparency or popular participation in public decisions. In the city of Natal, 419 buildings are threatened with demolition, including 111 shops and small businesses. As a conseuqnce, more than a thousand people will not only lose their homes but also their livelihoods...

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    Dying To Live

    Every week, Palestinians are taken by Israeli forces from their homes, workplace, schools and at checkpoints. Sometimes the detained are released after a few days or weeks, or remain in captivity indefinitely. Almost every Palestinian home has at least one member who has gone through the imprisonment experience or is still serving an unjust sentence. Since resistance is an integral right for all Palestinians, Palestinians held in Israeli prisons have also found their way of resisting...

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    Life Under Occupation 2005-2009

    During the 1967 War, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip and annexed East Jerusalem.  A military regime was imposed on the newly occupied Palestinians, one that exists to this day...

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    Pillar Of Offense

    The story of eight days seen through the eyes of the civil population in Gaza, Israel, and Palestinians in the West Bank. The latter suffered its own casualties, as three Palestinians were killed in protests that were violently suppressed by Israeli forces. Dozens were wounded and at least 200 arrested in the West Bank alone...

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    Gaza Artists Multimedia

    Amid all this despair, there are those who keep finding powerful expressions of their lust for life, of their spirit and strength. Through hip-hop, break-dancing, parkour (a physical discipline which focuses on movement around obstacles), surfing and other creative endeavors, they manifest their thirst for freedom or use these activities as a form of resistance. In the absence of adequate equipment or facilities and faced with growing conservatism in their societies, they improvise. Underneath the more known images, if one looks closely, there are vibrant sparks of freedom in Gaza.

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    The Popular Struggle 2005-2009

    In 2003, a year after Israel began the construction of the Seperation Wall, a four-month long protest camp was formed by Palestinians, joined by Israeli and international activists, in the village of Mas’ha, whose lands were being lost to the Wall. This camp became a focal point for a new form of struggle, one that is unarmed, civilian, directly democratic, and community-based. Mas’ha was also a starting point of Anarchists Against the Wall, Israeli activists that joined the Palestinian unarmed struggle as well as Israeli initiatives...

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