‘We deserve freedom’: Photos from Bethlehem (Anne Paq)

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By Anne Paq, October 15, 2015
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The narrow streets of Deheishe camp were filled on Wednesday, October 14 by thousands of Palestinians who attended the funeral of Mutaz Ibrahim Zawahreh, 27, who was shot dead by Israeli forces in clashes the day before during protests in front of the Separation Wall.

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 11.02.45 pmDheisha (south west Bethlehem). Key: 1967 Israel (Green line) West Bank barrier (Blue line), Israeli settlements (blue), Settlement outposts (red), Palestinian communities (brown) Highway Highway 60 -Israeli only road (Source: Americans For Peace Now)

The confrontations have been a daily occurrence at this location in Bethlehem, where the Wall enters deeply inside Bethlehem municipal boundaries, to encircle Rachel’s tomb. Palestinian youth throw stones at the 8 meter high Separation Wall.

Battles in Bethlehem Palestine Uprising. Published on Oct 14, 2015. Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem could mark the beginning of a 3rd uprising/intifada.

The tension and anger was very palpable during the funeral. Mariah a 25-year-old Palestinian from Deheishe explains: ‘My feelings are a mix of anger and sadness, Mutaz was amazing and loved by everyone in the camp. Young people are being killed. This is because of the occupation. These are not two equals parties here.When you keep destroyed our lives, you expect us to be quiet all the time? This killing just brought more anger. This is not a new Intifada, we are in a continuous intifada. We deserve freedom.’

Mutaz was the 30th Palestinian killed since the soaring of tensions and violence in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Israel since October 1st. More than 1,300 Palestinians have been injured in the same period, many by live ammunition.

The funeral was followed by hours of clashes near the Separation Wall, on the location where Mutaz was killed, during which there were several injuries, The Israeli army used scores of tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition.

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About Anne Paq: Anne Paq is a French photographer, member of the photo collective Activestills. She is currently back in Palestine and working on a long-term project on Gaza called ‘Obliterated Families’.

Other videos:

State of Palestine: Battles in Bethlehem as unrest continues to boil
Published on Oct 17, 2015 Violent clashes continued in Bethlehem as Palestinian protesters battled with Israeli security forces, on Saturday.

State of Palestine: Clashes in Bethlehem kill one Palestinian, injure 60
Published on Oct 13, 2015. Violent clashes rocked the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the West Bank, Tuesday, where one Palestinian was killed and more than 60 others injured.

See also

Video: Israelis firing tear gas at protestors.  Protesters using slingshots against Israeli soldiers.

Killing of 27-year-old in Bethlehem brings Palestinian toll to 30 this month 14 October 2015

Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian in Bethlehem clashes
OCT. 13, 2015 6:25 P.M

Further background

Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation based in Ramallah, West Bank.

Al Haq have utilised the power of Google Maps to create interactive presentations that illustrate aspects of the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Al-Haq Field Information October 2015
Sunday, 18 October 2015 01:20

Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank (2009-present)

B’Tselem updates

Online memorials

Humanize Palestine (Online memorial for Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers)
Humanize Palestine attempts to honour Palestinians killed in the conflict http://humanizepalestine.com

(Warning: Graphic images) List of Palestinian victims – October 2015 http://staatvanbeleg.com/docs/victims_october2015_green.html
Dutch website: ‘State of Siege’
“This website will serve as an archive for human rights violations in Palestine and will also be put in wide variety of ways to the attention of the Dutch mainstream media and among politicians.”



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