Month in Pictures: August 2015

by The Electronic Intifada,
4 September 2015

carry the body of Saad Dawabsha during his funeral in the West Bank
village of Duma on 8 August. Dawabsha died in hospital about a week
after an arson attack on his home by suspected Israeli settlers, during
which his 18-month-old son Ali was burned alive. Dawabsha’s wife and
another son continued to fight for their lives after suffering severe

Yotam Ronen

During the month of August, the father of an 18-month-old baby who died when his family’s home was attacked in late July by suspected Israeli settlers succumbed to his injuries. Saad Dawabsha
died in hospital about a week after the arson attack in the occupied
West Bank village of Duma; his wife and 4-year-old son remained in
critical condition.
Israeli forces shot and killed three young Palestinian men in the
occupied West Bank who the military said attacked soldiers or settlers.
Twenty-year-old Anas Muntaser Taha was killed after he allegedly stabbed and injured an Israeli settler at a gas station on Road 443 west of the Palestinian city of Ramallah. Another Palestinian man was shot and injured after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier in the same area several days later.
Israeli forces shot and killed two young Palestinian men in separate alleged stabbing incidents at military checkpoints near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
A Palestinian ran his car
into a group of Israeli soldiers, injuring three, two of them severely,
near the West Bank settlement of Shilo. Israeli soldiers opened fire at
Muhammad Badwan’s overturned car; he was taken to a hospital in
critical condition and his family’s home in Biddu village near Jerusalem
was searched and ransacked.

In the northern West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp, 13 Palestinians were injured
as fire was exchanged during an Israeli search and arrest raid late
last month. An Israeli soldier was also injured, reportedly by friendly
fire. During the same operation, Israeli forces destroyed a two-story
building, displacing four persons, including two children.
Israeli forces destroyed 143 structures
in the occupied West Bank in August, the highest monthly figure in five
years, according to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA. As of 24 August,
a total of 417 structures had been demolished since the start of the
year, displacing a total of 495 Palestinians, including 277 children.
Gaza Strip
Palestinians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip continued to come under Israeli fire on a daily basis during the month of August and military forces entered and leveled land inside the territory on multiple occasions.
Rafah crossing,
the sole point of exit and entry for the vast majority of Gaza’s 1.8
million residents, was opened by Egypt for four days in August. The
crossing has been continuously closed since late October, except for 29
days of partial openings, according to OCHA.
Five members of the Abu Naqira family were killed when unexploded ordnance detonated in a house in Rafah, southern Gaza; more than 50 were injured in the incident.
Since the ceasefire that ended 51 days of intensive Israeli
bombardment in Gaza last summer, 16 Palestinians, including a child,
have been killed in unexploded ordnance incidents, and more than 170 have been injured, including 24 children.
The Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, announced that one of its members was killed in a tunnel accident in Gaza.
Armed groups in Gaza fired several rockets towards Israel during August, causing no injuries or damage. Four Palestinian fighters were injured when Israeli forces fired a missile at a military site west of al-Bureij refugee camp in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.
A UN study released at the end of the month found that conditions in Gaza, where infant mortality has soared
after eight years of siege, have only gotten worse since a 2012 report
stated that the coastal territory would be “unlivable” by the year 2020.
New school year
Five hundred students were prevented from accessing their schools as Israeli forces restricted Palestinians from entering the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.
But half a million children were set to begin the school year on time after UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, was able to meet a budget shortfall that would have otherwise forced suspension of its education program.
UNRWA service cuts were met with vigorous protest during August, and Palestinians rallied in solidarity with Muhammad Allan, a Palestinian lawyer from a village near Nablus who was on hunger strike in protest of his detention in Israel without charge or trial.
Allan suspended his protest after Israel’s high court froze his detention order when a medical scan showed that the prisoner had suffered brain damage after refusing food and consuming only water for two months.
Meanwhile, the UN reported an outbreak of typhoid in Yarmouk refugee camp south of the Syrian capital Damascus.
At least 30 camp figures, including politicians, activists and
humanitarian workers, have been assassinated in the camp since April,
when it was invaded by the Islamic State, according to activists.
Access to Yarmouk has been cut off by Syrian government forces and
allied groups since July 2013 and only several thousand of the camp’s
previous population of 150,000 residents are believed to remain.
Palestinians who fled Yarmouk to Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon were among the thousands displaced after fighting broke out there in late August, killing six and injuring 70.

Palestinian youths enjoy the warm weather at a Gaza City beach on 2 August.

Mohammed Asad
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protest outside a United Nations-run school in Rafah, southern Gaza, on
3 August, to mark the first anniversary of the killing of their
relatives who were taking shelter there when it was hit in an Israeli
air strike last summer.

Abed Rahim Khatib
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with Israeli citizenship and Jewish Israeli activists hold a vigil for
Ali Dawabsha, the 18-month-old baby killed in an arson attack on his
West Bank home on 31 July, in the coastal town of Jaffa on 4 August.

Yotam Ronen
folk dancers perform during the Palestine International Festival for
Dance and Music in the West Bank City of Ramallah on 5 August.

Shadi Hatem
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forces take position around a car following a suspected attack by a
Palestinian motorist near the West Bank city of Ramallah on 6 August.
Israeli forces shot and critically wounded the driver, Muhammad Badwan,
after he ran into a group soldiers.

Shadi Hatem
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hold posters of Muhammad Allan, who was on hunger strike in protest of
his detention in Israel without charge or trial, during a rally outside
the United Nations headquarters in Gaza City on 8 August.

Ashraf Amra
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Badran, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, is received in his
hometown of Arara in the north of present-day Israel after his release
from Israeli prison on 11 August. Badran spent 14 years in prison.

Omar Sameer
Palestinian man inspects his tent which was burned by Jewish extremists
in the West Bank village of Ein Samiya north of Ramallah, on 13 August.
A group of Israeli settlers raided the Bedouin village and fire-bombed
the tent before being chased off by residents.

Shadi Hatem
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youths take part in a military-style exercise during a summer camp
organized by the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City, 13 August.

Ashraf Amra
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and fans celebrate after Hebron’s al-Ahli club beat out Gaza’s Shujaiya
club in a football match in the West Bank city on 14 August that would
determine which team would represent Palestine in international
competitions organized by FIFA, the sport’s world governing body.

Oren Ziv
police block Palestinian activists on their way to a 16 August protest
in solidarity with Muhammad Allan, who had slipped into a coma after a
lengthy hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge or
trial. Police prevented Palestinian and Israeli supporters from arriving
to the hospital in Askalan, southern Israel, where Allan was being
held, arresting eight activists and using pepper spray and a “skunk”
water cannon against them.

Keren Manor
mourn 21-year-old Rafiq al-Taj during his funeral on 16 August. The
young man was shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly stabbing a
soldier at a military checkpoint near Nablus the day prior.

Ahmad Talat
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students and teachers protest in Gaza City on 17 August after UNRWA,
the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees, said that a budget
shortfall would necessitate the increase of pupils per classroom in its
schools and potentially delay the start of the academic year.

Mohammed Talatene
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mother of Muhammad Amsheh, 22, who was shot to death by Israeli forces
earlier that day, mourns her son at the Forensic Medical Institute in
the West Bank city of Nablus on 17 August. An Israeli army spokesperson
alleged that the man attempted to stab an Israeli officer near Nablus,
while Palestinians denied the allegation, saying that he was killed in
cold blood.

Ahmad Al-Bazz
gather at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip as they wait for
permission to enter Egypt on 17 August. Egypt opened the crossing on
three days last month.

Ashraf Amra
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Israeli-operated bulldozer carries an uprooted olive tree to make way
for Israel’s West Bank wall in the town of Beit Jala near the Jewish
settlement of Gilo and adjacent to the Palestinian town of Bethlehem on
20 August.

Oren Ziv
take cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the village of Qusra
near the West Bank city of Nablus on 22 August. Clashes erupted near
the village after settlers from a nearby outpost tried to attack a
Palestinian shepherd.

Yotam Ronen
schoolgirls, seen through a hole in the roof of a classroom damaged by
Israeli shelling last summer, on the first day of the academic year at
Shuhada Khuzaa school in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 24 August.

Ashraf Amra
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Palestinian examines the damage in his home after an Israeli army night
raid in the village of Salem, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on 26

Ahmad Al-Bazz
Palestinian competitors take part in a horse race in the West Bank city of Jenin on 28 August.

Ahmad Talat
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of the Tamimi family prevent an Israeli solider from arresting Muhammad
Tamimi, 12, during the weekly protest against the occupation in the
West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on 28 August.

Muhannad Saleem
girls participate in a military graduation ceremony organized by the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a leftist group, in Gaza
City on 29 August.

Ashraf Amra
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of four Palestinians who were abducted of by gunmen is Egypt’s Sinai
peninsula carry posters of their disappeared relatives in Gaza City on
30 August. On 19 August, gunmen boarded a bus carrying Palestinians from
Cairo to Gaza and seized four of the passengers before letting the
others continue on their journey, Hamas officials in Gaza said.

Mohammed Asad
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