tragedy & hope

Palestine in Pictures: Jul 2020
Electronic Intifada, Aug 1 2020

Protest against Israel’s plans to formally annex West Bank land, Ramallah, Jul 1.
Photo: Shadi Jarar’ah/APA

One Palestinian was killed by IOF during the month of July. Ibrahim Abu Yaqoub, 29, was shot in the neck by soldiers, who claimed that the slain man and a companion were throwing Molotov cocktails at an army post. The mayor of Salfit, the West Bank governorate where the shooting occurred, said that Abu Yaqoub was killed without justification. 26 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire so far this year, 17 of them in the West Bank. In Rafah, southern Gaza, Asil Mahmoud Hamad Dheir, 34, died from wounds sustained during an Israeli airstrike on her home in the summer of 2014. Some 2.2k Palestinians in Gaza were killed during 51 days of bombardment that summer, including around 1.5k civilians, one-third of them children. Also during July, a long-serving Palestinian prisoner died after being held by Israel for 26 years. Palestinian human rights groups and political parties accused Israel of years of medical neglect in the death of Saadi al-Gharabli, 75. Israel continued to deny Palestinian prisoners held in overcrowded detention centers basic protections against COVID-19. The state’s highest court ruled in July that Palestinian prisoners have no right to physical distancing. Coronavirus cases soared in Israel and the West Bank in July. The epicenter of the West Bank outbreak is Hebron, followed by East Jerusalem, where Israel failed to set up testing facilities in a timely manner and hindered the procurement of essential equipment by hospitals. As of Aug 1, there were more than 15k confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the West Bank and Gaza with 85 deaths since the beginning of March. New cases were detected among travelers returning to Gaza, where there has been no community outbreak of the virus so far, and one death. Israel’s COVID-19 response denied basic human rights to Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line, a human rights group stated in a report submitted to the UN in July.

Israel walked back from formally annexing West Bank land despite Netanyahu’s election campaign pledge to do so, while de facto annexation continued on the ground. In July, Israel demolished and seize Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank despite the pandemic. More than 150 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes due to Israeli demolitions and seizures since the beginning March. Settler attacks on Palestinians and their property were on the rise, including the torching of a mosque and poisoning of livestock ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday. IOF seized some 100 food boxes from a PRCS storage center in East Jerusalem in July. Israel said that it confiscated the food boxes, which were going to be given to families isolating at home, because the distribution hadn’t been coordinated with authorities. Two cultural institutions in East Jerusalem were raided by Israeli police in July in what Palestinian groups said was an attack on civic space in the city. IOF meanwhile arrested Mahmoud Nawajaa, coordinator of the BDS movement, at his Ramallah home. Palestinian groups have pointed to mounting pressures and shrinking space in which to operate as they seek to build global solidarity and pursue war crimes investigations at the International Criminal Court.

Gaza City protest against Israeli annexation on Jul 1. Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

Iyad al-Jirjawi, 34, who served 9 years in prison, released after he was
diagnosed with a brain tumor, is welcomed home in Khan Younis, Jul 2.
Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

Protest at Erez checkpoint in the northern Gaza Strip, Jul 6.
Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

Shrapnel from an Israeli airstrike in eastern Gaza, Jul 6.
Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

Protest against a new Israeli settlement outpost in the West Bank town
of Asira al-Shamaliya near Nablus, Jul 10. IOF dispersed the crowd
with gas and stun grenades. Photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills

Qamar Saad al-Ghalban visits her father Rami’s grave after receiving the results of her high school matriculation
exam in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Jul 11. During the exam period, Rami Saad Al-Ghalban died
from wounds sustained by Israeli sniper fire during protests in 2018. Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

A Palestinian high school student celebrates after receiving her matriculation
exam results in Gaza City, Jul 11. Photo: Mahmoud al-Hindi/APA

Funeral of Jabr al-Qiq, in Rafah, Jul 13. Al-Qiq, a retired PA brigadier-general, had been imprisoned by Israel
for 15 years and was released after the PA assumed power in Gaza. Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

Top high school students are honored at a Gaza City event organized by the Ministry of Education on Jul 14.
Photo: Mahmoud al-Hindi/APA

Palestinians build a field hospital to house COVID-19 patients
in Deir al-Balah, Jul 15. Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

A Palestinian picks prickly pear fruit in Khan Younis, Jul 18. Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

A bicyclist on a street in Jaffa as Israeli police disperse Palestinians protesting against the Tel Aviv municipality’s
plan to build a homeless shelter and commercial space over an 18th-century Muslim cemetery, Jul 19.
Photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills

Mohammad Shtayyeh, the appointed PA PM, meets Nikolai Mladenov, the UN envoy, in Ramallah, Jul 21.
Photo: PMO

Anti-occupation activists carrying a banner reading “Democracy for all” outside Netanyahu’s official residence
in West Jerusalem, Jul 21. Photo: Sharona Weiss/ActiveStills

An Israeli protester holds a poster of Iyad al-Hallaq, a Palestinian killed by police in East Jerusalem in May,
while being sprayed by a water cannon outside Netanyahu’s official residence, Jul 22.
Photo: Oren Ziv/ActiveStills

Israeli activists hang signs on security cameras in the Old City of Jerusalem where Iyad al-Hallaq was killed
by police in May. The signs demand the release of security camera footage of al-Hallaq’s killing;
police claim that cameras at the site were not working at the time. Photo: Sharona Weiss/ActiveStills

Palestinians protest against Israeli settlements and annexation in the village of Haris, southwest of Nablus, Jul 24.
Photo: Shadi Jarar’ah/APA

A Palestinian woman embellishes a garment with traditional cross-stitch at a Gaza City
workshop on Jul 25, Costume Day. Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA

Palestinians skate at the Gaza City seaport, Jul 25. Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA

Palestinian weight trainer Sherine al-Eila leads an exercise session at a Gaza City gym,
Jul 26. Al-Eila is the first female weight trainer in Gaza. Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA

Top high school students attend a ceremony in Gaza City, Jul 27. The backdrop features images
of Yasser Arafat and Muhammad Dahlan. Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA

A Palestinian worker makes traditional date-filled cookies ahead of Eid al-Adha
in Nablus, Jul 28. Photo: Shadi Jarar’ah/APA

Palestinians gather at a livestock market in Deir al-Balah,
ahead of Eid al-Adha, Jul 28. Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

Athletes compete in the final match of an amputee football league at Yarmouk stadium
in Gaza City, Jul 29. Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA

Palestinians gather in Haifa calling for LGBTQ safety and liberation, Jul 29.
Photo: Maria Zreik/ActiveStills

Palestinian worshippers in Gaza City mark the first day of Eid al-Adha,
Jul 31. Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ActiveStills

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