NOT LEARNING THE LESSONS OF HISTORY ….

…. MAKES IT EASY TO REPEAT THE MISTAKES

 

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Seventy one years ago today there was an uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. Today, the same is happening in the Ghetto we know as Gaza …

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“What else is Gaza but a Warsaw Ghetto? When the people, the heroes, of the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto, who decided they’d rather die on their feet, than live on their knees, desperate for food and water, rose up and tackled their besiegers – those who were keeping them in that Warsaw Ghetto – they were rightly hailed and are remembered in historyas freedom fighters, as heroes. Yet the Palestinians, when they rise up out of their Warsaw Ghetto, are called terrorists in your country, and in my country, never mind in the country that is doing the besieging.”

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This photo essay was put together by the head of the Norweigan Embassy in Saudi Arabia. It origanilly appeared on MWC News.

THE GRANDCHILDREN OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS FROM WORLD WAR II ARE DOING TO THE PALESTINIANS EXACTLY WHAT WAS DONE TO THEM BY NAZI GERMANY …

 

BUILDING WALLS & FENCES TO KEEP PEOPLE IN PRISON

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DESTROYING HOMES & LIVELIHOODS



GIFTS (WITH LOVE) FROM THE CHILDREN OF PEACE-LOVING & CIVILIZED COUNTRIES












THE CLASSIC PROPAGANDA MACHINE – YOU WILL FIND THE PICTURE IN BLACK & WHITE IN ALL AMERICAN AND SOME OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES HISTORY BOOKS, ENCYCLOPAEDIAS, LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS… THAT DEPICTS A YOUNG JEWISH BOY WITH HIS HANDS UP WHILE NAZI TROOPS POINT THEIR GUNS AT HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN ORDER TO EXPEL THEM FROM THEIR HOMES… (IT’S SUPPOSED TO MAKE YOU SYMPATHIZE WITH THE VICTIMS & TO SUPPORT THEIR CAUSE FOR JUSTICE & A HOMELAND)
THE ISRAELIS PRACTICE THE SAME TACTIC



PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS MARCH FOR JUSTICE AT GAZA’S BORDER CROSSING

New Yorkers stage protest to demand the opening of Rafah Crossing

Organised by Brooklyn for Peace and co-sponsored by 20 local solidarity organisations, the protest called upon the Egyptian authorities to “stop doing Israel’s dirty work”

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With shouts of “Egypt! Don’t be Israel’s prison guards!” a diverse coalition of peace and human rights groups gathered on the afternoon of Saturday January 4th 2014 to call attention to the plight of the people of Gaza. In front of the Egypt Consulate, 1110 Second Avenue between 58-59 Streets, New York City, scores demonstrators met, despite freezing temperatures, to call for a permanent opening of the Rafah Border Crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

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Also see THIS REPORT from the Middle East Monitor

IMAGES OF THE DAY ~~ PRAYERS IN THE SNOW

In Judaism, 10 men are required to make up a quorum (Minyan) for prayers. The cold, snowy weather in Jerusalem this past week made that difficult …. but this guy found the solution …. Make snowmen to get the required number ;)

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IMAGES OF THE DAY ~~ ‘I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE APARTHEID’

Apartheid in the snow ….. photos taken yesterday

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IN PHOTOS ~~ BRAVING THE COLD AND SNOW TO PROTEST BLOOD DIAMONDS AND OCCUPATION

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IMAGES OF THE DAY ~~ WHITEWASHING ZION

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the focus of prayers now must be that the heavy winter precipitation remains a blessing to Israel and does not become a detriment.
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Jerusalem of Gold became Jerusalem of White overnight, treating local residents to a thick blanket of snow measuring well over 12 inches in many places.

Schools and public transportation were cancelled, and the streets of the Holy City rang with the gleeful cries of thousands of children, and not a few adults who found they are still very much children at heart.

Snow also covered numerous other towns across Israel. Most of northern Israel experienced heavy snow, and even higher peaks in the Negev desert, such as the small town of Mitzpe Ramon, woke to a winter wonderland.

Speaking of the north, all the rain and snow is causing the Sea of Galilee to rise by unprecedented amounts every hour. Experts agree that if the current snow storm is followed by another month or two of good rain, the lake, which is Israel’s main fresh water reservoir, could fully refill by the end of the winter season.

But not all the news has been positive. There has been widespread flooding damage, and a handful of people have lost their lives after being caught in flash floods.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the focus of prayers now must be that the heavy winter precipitation remains a blessing to Israel and does not become a detriment.

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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ DON’T QUENCH YOUR THIRST WITH THE WATERS OF APARTHEID

New Yorkers braved the wet and cold yesterday to once again protest the occupation of Palestinian lands, this time at Target, one of the outlets selling SodaStream products …. Our roving photographer was there and sent the following photos.
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IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORK LIGHTS UP TO HONOUR MANDELA’S MEMORY

 

 

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The Empire State Building lit in the colors of the South African Flag to observe the passing of Nelson Mandela, New York City, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.AP

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The marquee at the historic Apollo Theater announces the death of former South African President and civil rights champion Nelson Mandela, on December 5, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NEW YORK TIMES ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THERE IS A PALESTINE // IN PHOTOS

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Photographs Tell a History of Palestinians Unmoored

By ISABEL KERSHNER

JERUSALEM — There is one picture of Palestinian children studying around a small table by the dim light of gas lamps in the Beach Camp in Gaza, and another of children peeking over a sandy dune, with rows of small, uniform shacks of a desolate refugee camp in the background. In a third, a family walks across the Allenby Bridge, the father carrying two bulging suitcases, a young son clutching a white ball, heading east over the Jordan River.

These are a few of the black and white images, many of them powerful and haunting, that will eventually constitute a digital archive compiled by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the first part of which was unveiled Thursday at a gallery in the Old City here. Together, they capture the Palestinian refugee experience from the 1948 war onward, giving form to a seminal chapter in Palestinian history, identity and collective memory.

For decades, about half a million negatives, prints, slides and various forms of film footage have been hidden away in the archive of UNRWA, the organization that assists Palestinian refugees. Stored in buildings in Gaza and Amman, Jordan, the materials had begun to grow moldy.

So officials started a preservation mission, digitizing the archive, which also documents the work of the agency. The exhibit that opened Thursday, called “The Long Journey,” will soon go on tour to large cities in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and possibly Syria, and will also be shown at cultural and political centers in Europe and North America. The images will also be made accessible to the general public on a special website.

“This is an important piece of work,” Filippo Grandi, the agency’s commissioner-general, told reporters at the opening in the Old City. “It is a contribution to building a national heritage for the Palestinians.”

Palestinians refer to the events of 1948 as al-Nakba, Arabic for “the catastrophe.” About 700,000 Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes during the Arab-Israeli war over the foundation of Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were later displaced by the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, some becoming refugees twice over. Tens of thousands have recently been displaced again, reliving the trauma, because of the civil war raging in Syria.

But the refugee issue remains one of the most delicate and complex elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at the core of the two sides’ clashing historical narratives. So it was perhaps inevitable that some Israelis would view the new memorialization of the refugee experience through a prism of politics and contention.

“When was the last time that any United Nations agency raised so much money and invested so much effort in organizing and circulating around the world the documentation of a specific plight like that of the Palestinian refugees? Never,” said Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

“This only emphasizes the strident anomaly of the dedication of a disproportionate part of the United Nations budget, staff, time and resources to the Palestinian issue exclusively at the expense of, and to the detriment of, all other similar issues,” he added.

Israel vehemently rejects the Palestinian demand for a right of return for the refugees who, by the agency’s count, now number around five million, including the descendants. It says that any mass influx would spell the end of Israel as a predominantly Jewish state. Israelis often blame the very existence of the agency — which was set up in 1949 to deal with the Palestinian refugees and which provides relief, education and health services — for prolonging their sense of impermanence.

The world’s other refugees are handled by a single agency that was set up later, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Mr. Palmor said that while the agency mostly did good work on the ground, it was “dedicated to preserving the refugees’ status rather than encouraging their resettlement or integration in their current or alternative locations, contributing to the perpetuation of the Palestinian refugee problem.”

At the exhibit, Mr. Grandi said he was aware that the refugee issue had its political aspects. But, he added, “Remember, this is also about people, about individuals with their own plights and achievements.”

Christopher Gunness, an agency spokesman, said its mandate was to help the refugees and to advocate for their rights until all sides to the conflict negotiated a just and durable solution.

“What is perpetuating the refugee problem,” he said, “is the failure of the political parties to resolve it.”

Mr. Gunness added that the Palestinian refugees would have the same rights and status under any United Nations agency.

“Everyone has a right to understand, to study and feel a part of their history,” he said. “Are we supposed to engage in denial of the events of 1948? The refugee experience is an essential part of Palestinian identity.”

Funding for the project, about $1 million so far, has come from the Danish and French governments and from the Palestinian private sector. It comes as the agency is struggling with a budget deficit and appealing for emergency funds to cover its needs in the West Bank and Gaza and to contend with the crisis in Syria.

Mr. Gunness said that the money raised for the archive project had nothing to do with the budgets for staff salaries or refugee welfare.

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THANK YOU ABE FOXMAN // PHOTO ESSAY

Since the ADL issued its new SHIT List a few weeks ago, support for the organisations named has more than doubled. Thank you Abe Foxman!
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Last week, the Anti-Defamation League put JVP on its list of top ten “anti-Israel” organizations.

But their attack seriously backfired.

More than 250 JVP supporters raised over $12,000 to help us fund our new Campus Liaison – one of the projects the ADL fears most.

We promised we’d send ADL President Abe Foxman a thank you note, and wanted to give you one last chance to add your name to it.

If you are proud of our organizing to hold Israel accountable to international law, or the way our Rabbinical Council reclaims justice traditions within Jewish community and ritual, click here to make sure the ADL knows it.

Their complicity with Israeli human rights abuses puts the ADL on the wrong side of history. 

Click here to give $18 or even $36 now and add your name to our thank you card.

They did get one thing right. They described JVP as an organization with national impact that recruits grassroots supporters and influences the mainstream public debate about Israel.

And that’s all because of our amazing supporters like you.

Sincerely,
Ari Wohlfeiler
Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator

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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ BOYCOTTING THE SOUNDS OF APARTHEID

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Israel Philharmonic patrons perturbed by musical protest at NY fundraiser

 

October 29, New York, NY – Outside Manhattan’s normally staid Lincoln Center cultural complex tonight, 50 New Yorkers delivered a clear message rejecting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s (IPO) deliberate use of art to whitewash Israel’s systematic and brutal repression of the rights of the Palestinian people. The IPO, which was holding a fundraising concert, calls itself “Israel’s musical ambassador throughout the country and the world” and helps to project a positive image of Israel, diverting attention from Israel’s human rights abuses, as part of the Israeli government’s “Brand Israel” initiative.

Many of the well-dressed patrons, who had paid up to $5000 apiece for tickets to the IPO concert at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, looked disturbed to encounter a radical marching band, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra (RMO), and a crowd of protesters with chants that included, “Your orchestra is classy, your piano is so grand, we’d love to have you play for us when you stop stealing land;” and “Oboe, trumpet and bassoon, apartheid is out of tune.”

Other passers-by read the literature being distributed by protesters and, in some cases, took up signs and joined the demonstration. Eight dancers in a second floor Alice Tully Hall studio with floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the protest, inspired by the RMO’s renditions of “Which Side Are You On?” and “We Shall Not Be Moved,” treated the crowd to an impromptu dance performance.

Daniel Strum of Adalah-NY explained, “Culture in the service of the Israeli government, that denies Palestinians basic rights, including their right to cultural expression, should be protested and boycotted.” American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra calls the IPO “Israel’s finest cultural emissary” and notes that “[t]he goodwill created by these tours…is of enormous value to the State of Israel.” An Israeli Foreign Ministry official explained the government efforts to rebrand Israel that the IPO supports to the New York Times in 2009 saying, “We will send well-known novelists and writers overseas, theater companies, exhibits…This way you show Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war.”

Yasmine Megahed from Adalah-NY said, “The IPO’s use of classical music to support government militarization is wrong. More and more people are rejecting the Brand Israel strategy, and joining the growing movement to boycott Israel.” An October news report explained that the IPO receives 14 percent of its funding from the Israeli government. In the same piece, Julian Rachlin, the IPO’s conductor for tonight’s performance, lamented that there is not more government funding but simultaneously affirmed his support for Israel’s militarization, explaining that “most of the [government’s] money goes to the army, and rightly so.” While IPO conductor Zubin Mehta expressed concerns about some Israeli government policies in a 2012 interview, the IPO’s support for the Israeli government and military has not wavered since 1948. The IPO was also the target of lively NYC protests at performances in 2011 and 2012.

On October 27th, the same New York groups protested outside the performance of Israeli musician Idan Raichel at the Beacon Theatre. Raichel is another self-proclaimed propagandist for the Israeli government and its apartheid policies towards the Palestinian people. The peaceful, spirited protest of chanting and singing was met by hostility and racism from many concert-goers.

The groups organizing tonight’s protest are part of the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, to pressure Israel to end its human rights abuses. The Palestinian-led BDS movement is a nonviolent campaign for Palestinian rights inspired by the international boycott campaign that helped to abolish apartheid in South Africa.

For more photos of the protest: http://adalahny.org/photo-gallery/1094/pictures-israel-philharmonic-orchestra-protest-oct-29-2013

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ PRO PALESTINIAN DEMO MEETS WITH HOSTILITY AND RACISM ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK

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Over 30 New York human rights advocates protested outside the performance of Israeli musician Idan Raichel at the Beacon Theatre this evening, calling Raichel “a self-proclaimed propagandist for the Israeli government” and its brutal, apartheid policies towards the Palestinian people. The peaceful, spirited protest of chanting and singing was met by hostility and racism from many concert-goers.

A number of Raichel’s fans began shouting obscenities and making vulgar gestures at the protesters, in two cases mocking the religious garb (video) some Muslim women wear (the headscarf, or hijab). One aggressive male fan repeatedly told a female protest chant leader, “You should die!” Another went out of his way to walk up to two female protesters and toss a lit cigarette between them. In contrast, one passer-by read an explanatory flier and then joined the protesters, adding her voice to chants such as, “Voice of peace? That’s a lie! Idan plays while people die,” and “Musicians must take a stand, no excuse for stealing land.”

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THE DURACELL GRANNIES

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Yesterday’s thread was about the vigils held throughout New York City by the Granny Peace Brigade. Today we get a close-up view of them in action ….. compliments of our roaming photographer, Bud Korotzer…
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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ THE REAWAKENING @ OCCUPY WALL STREET

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Think the end of DOMA or the Voting Rights Act will change the US? The Supreme Court just handed down a decision that rewrites the Constitution, claiming we have no Fifth Amendment protection unless we explicitly call for it.

Remaining silent no longer protects you from self-incrimination. In order to have your Constitutional rights asserted, you actually have to say, out loud, “I’m invoking my right to remain silent” — even if no Miranda rights have been read or arrests made.

This ruling implies the Fifth Amendment is not a right but a privilege, and one for the well-educated and best-informed at that.

We call on Congress to pass legislation overruling this as much as possible and requiring law enforcement to inform both witnesses and suspects of these maladjusted rights.

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PETITION TO CONGRESS: We are appalled by the recent SCOTUS decision to gut the Fifth Amendment. We call on our lawmakers to pass legislation to re-establish our right to remain silent and require law enforcement to spread word of this awful change in the meantime.

 

Click here to sign — it just takes a second.

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ SOLIDARITY WITH FAST FOOD WORKERS ON LABOUR DAY

For some today is a holiday …. for others it’s a day of struggle.
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 ….. Let’s make it a Happy Holiday for all!
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THIS PHOTO SHOULD BE MADE INTO A BILLBOARD

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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ MORNING BLUES AT THE CHECKPOINT

It’s inhumane. They treat us like animals. Every morning I feel like an animal in a cage.
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Recently a Finnish photographer who had worked in the region sent us these photographs that were posted at his/her blog Ubuntifada. They were taken in late June, at the Bethlehem checkpoint to enter Israel. They depict the everyday experience of hundreds of Palestinians who go to work in Israel. I am respecting the photographer’s desire for anonymity because of employment/funding issues. He/she wrote the following at that site to explain the photos: 

Morning blues in the checkpoint

5:00 in the morning in Bethlehem. The rising sun is replacing the blue morning mist with its first warm rays. Hundreds of men are standing in a cage, holding the metal bars like prisoners and anxiously waiting. The atmosphere is as blue as the air.

Actually, it could be just a crossing between two countries – though a very disturbing one with its iron gates and cages, bars and burrows, loud PA systems and shouting, soldiers and police and private security guards all armed to the teeth. But instead of being in the border, checkpoint 300 stands 2 kilometers south of the green line, deep inside of the occupied West Bank.

Every working day from 4:00 to 7:00 around 4000 Palestinians cross this illegal checkpoint on their way to work in East Jerusalem or in Israel. And the ones standing in line are actually the lucky ones – they have been able to even get a permit.

It’s inhumane. They treat us like animals. Every morning I feel like an animal in a cage.

Adel, who crosses the CP five mornings a week

 

 

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BEST PROTEST SIGNS OF THE MONTH

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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS STAND UP FOR A FREE PALESTINE

On the International Day of Al-Quds, hundreds of New Yorkers stood in solidarity with the people of Palestine …
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PHOTO ESSAY ~~RAMADAN IN JERUSALEM

As Ramadan comes to an end, preparations are now underway for the start of Eid Al Fitre ….. enjoy the photos of Ramadan in Jerusalem …
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In photos: Ramadan in Jerusalem

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Kiyam el layl ❤(got myself a pillow today!) #ramadan #aqsa #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Muslims follow a lunar calendar; the full moon signals that the second half of Ramadan has arrived, a time for introspection and extra motivation to make the most of the blessings of what is left of the holy month. Pictured is the Dome of the Rock and Dome of the Chain. 

The month of Ramadan is well underway and Instagram user @zalameh (@BDS4Justiceon Twitter), a resident of Jerusalem, is documenting how Palestinians are observing and celebrating. Below are a selection of his beautiful photographs (find many more on hisInstagram account) and his own description of Jerusalem during Ramadan:

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims all over the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk. It is a month of prayer, introspection, charity and renewing of interpersonal ties.

Jerusalem is the home of one of Islam’s most holiest sites, the al-Aqsa mosque, and is thus a center of pilgrimage for Muslims. The majority of Palestinians however are prevented from visiting their capital due to Israel’s racist pass system, which restricts Palestinians’ freedom of movement and confines them into ghettos. Palestinian Jerusalemites have become increasingly isolated as a result and their numbers have dwindled. Israeli policies of Judaization and ethnic cleansing have placed pressure on Palestinians to leave the city, accompanied by attempts to criminalize Palestinian national and cultural expressions.

Ramadan therefore comes as a breath of fresh air. As the month begins, the Old City of Jerusalem transforms and becomes almost unrecognizable. Street lights beautify the city, with neighborhoods competing with each other on who has the best lights. Children walk around holding the fanous, the traditional Ramadan lantern, and launch fireworks in celebration of the month. New commerce spurs up; street vendors sell all kinds of delicious food and drinks, which have become tradition during Ramadan.

Damascus Gate is the center of the festivities, especially during the evening until the early hours of the morning. During the weekends street performers animate the crowds. The Israeli occupation allows for a restricted number of permits for Palestinians from the West Bank to visit Jerusalem during Ramadan, a much needed economic relief for Palestinian businesses. (Jerusalem remains inaccessible to Palestinians in Gaza.) Palestinians from ‘48 [present-day Israel] also flood the city in great numbers. Ramadan allows us to imagine the Jerusalem that once was, before Israel came to colonize it, and to dream of a Jerusalem that one day will be.

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A panoramic view of the Muslim quarter of the Old City, as seen from the Austrian Hospice. The golden Dome of the Rock is one of the several buildings inside the Aqsa mosque compound, the center of prayer during Ramadan.

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Israeli soldiers are sure to make their presence felt in the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem. A group of soldiers standing next to a sign that says “al-Aqsa mosque.”

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Thousands of worshippers concentrate at the al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers, a large proportion of them from the West Bank, having received rarely-issued permits to enter Jerusalem. Volunteers throw water over thirsty worshippers to refresh them under the scorching summer heat. Acts of kindness are considered particularly virtuous during Ramadan and are encouraged.

#ramadan selfless deeds I wish were there the rest of the year: volunteers dot the streets of the old city distributing water to fasting crowds in scorching heat #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

The Old City is dotted with residents distributing water to passersby so they can cool themselves under the scorching heat during Fridays when scores of pilgrims head to al-Aqsa mosque. Pictured is a woman wetting her towel with water.

Thousands upon thousands at #aqsa today - some in shade others in sun #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Thousands at al-Aqsa for Friday prayers.

Father and son take shade ☺#ramadan #aqsa #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Friday prayers at al-Aqsa. Thousands fill the compound, and not everyone can find a shade so they come up with creative ways to take shelter. Here a father and son cover their heads with a prayer mat.

#iftar (breaking of fast) today at #aqsa #palestine #ramadan on Instagram

The iftar meal is a happy occasion that brings families together around the table filled with traditional dishes. Communal iftar meals are also served at the al-Aqsa mosque (pictured), some of which are sponsored by the Gulf states (UAE and Qatar). 

Love this, these little kids making their own kiyam el layl #ramadan #aqsa #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Al-Aqsa mosque remains open at night during Ramadan, and worshipers are encouraged to peform qiyam al-layl, standing in prayer during the night. Pictured is a group of children reciting the Quran (Islam’s holy book) while in prayer inside Aqsa before the dawn meal, the suhour.

21st night kiyam el layl #ramadan #aqsa #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

The last ten nights of Ramadan are special because within one of them there is “the night of power” which is superior in worth and blessings than 1,000 months. However Muslims do not know which one of the last ten nights will be the “night of power. They are therefore instructed by God to “look” for the night by worshiping during intensely during the last ten nights in practice called i’tikaf. It is said that those who stay awake in worship will be able to identify the “night of power” for its distinctive characteristics. This photo shows the first night of i’tikaf at Aqsa.

Falling asleep 😴 (i'tikaf) #ramadan #aqsa #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Hundreds sleep during the night inside al-Aqsa mosque during the last ten nights of Ramadan before they stand in prayer for qiyam al-layl.

Eating sohor meal at #aqsa #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

The Aqsa mosque was open this year during the night, unlike the rest of the year when the Israeli authorities force it to close at strict schedules. Muslims are encouraged to stand in prayer during the night and many faithful stay overnight at Aqsa for that. Pictured is the suhour meal at al-Aqsa mosque, eaten before dawn when the fast is supposed to start.

S7oor at #aqsa: labne, bread, tomato, cucumber and a bar of halawa #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

suhour meal of yogurt, bread, tomato, cucumber and a bar of halawa at al-Aqsa mosque before dawn when the fast begins. Al-Aqsa remains open during the night during Ramadan for qiyam al-layl(night worship).

#ramadan is a lifeline for #jerusalem businesses, otherwise strangled by Israeli ethnic cleansing. Israel provides a very limited number of "apartheid permits" to Palestinians from West Bank to visit. #palestine on Instagram

Ramadan is a lifeline for Jerusalem businesses which are badly suffering as Israel seeks to isolate Palestinians in the city from the rest of Palestinian society.

Men beddo ka3ek? (La fotoor) - #Jerusalem bread #ramadan #palestine on Instagram

A stand of ka’ek, a crusty bread with sesame seeds. The ka’ek from Jerusalem is particularly famous. Visitors from elsewhere in Palestine carry large quantities home with them when visiting.

Here it is the whole collection of traditional #ramadan drinks: Caroub, loz, lemon and tamer hindi. My favorite has to be kharob, so refreshing! #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Almond, tamarind, lemon and carob drinks for sale. While these are available throughout the year (sold in a cup), they are particularly popular during Ramadan (when they are sold in bottles) and they are drunk extra cold, sure to quench one’s thirst after a long day of fasting.

6abeekh fee mosrara, the dishes are msakhan, kidra rice and chicken yum yum #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Restaurants are normally closed during the day in Ramadan but some open a few hours before the breaking of fast (the iftar). Pictured is one such restaurant outside Damascus Gate selling traditional Palestinian dishes.

Mjadal traditional bread only for #ramadan - #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Khubez mjaddal (crossed bread) has become a must during Ramadan for Palestinians in Jerusalem. The tradition is said to have started by a Jerusalem baker two decades ago.

Baraze2 (sesame crackers, sort of), popular during #ramadan - #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Baraze’ is a snack made of sesame seeds available throughout the year but is more popular during Ramadan. Pictured is a street vendor of baraze’.

When I was a kid I used to have these, dunno what's the name in English, my translation is "sweet cotton" #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Ramadan is a particularly happy occasion for children; here one of their favorite sweets is on sale. Children queue up in the evening after the iftar — the breaking of the fast meal — to spend their pocket money on sweets.  

Serving qatayef after tarawee7 #aqsa #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Qatayef is a sweet traditionally eaten in Palestinian homes during Ramadan after the main meal. It consists of a small rounded pancake filled with walnuts or cheese and then soaked in a sweet syrup. Most families make their own qatayef at home.

Stocking up on the jelly & gum supply for #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Jelly gums are a favorite during Ramadan.

Bab el amood is one big party tonight #ramadan #aqsa #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

A festive mood in Damascus Gate, where street vendors set camp, families shop and youth socialize until the early hours of the morning. Israeli police are often seen harassing Palestinian street vendors, imposing on them heavy fines because they don’t have permits — which the municipality refuses to give. Palestinians remain unfazed by these impositions as the festive mood takes over.

Happy kids on my way home of 7ara sa3diya in the old city - the little small things that make you small and be thankful #jerusalem #ramadan #palestine on Instagram

Usually empty and depressing at night, the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem come to life during Ramadan, with beautiful street lights on display and children playing outside until late at night.

Entering #aqsa through Bab Hutta #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

Street lights at the Bab Hutta neighboorhood in the Old City. Bab Hutta is also the name of one of the doors of al-Aqsa mosque, which gives the name to the neighborhood.

I've always been a #sunset enthusiast but #sunrise is a whole new experience by itself - first morning rays of sun hit the quds - saba7 el hurriya #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine on Instagram

The sunrise in Jerusalem on the morning of the 21st day of Ramadan.

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