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Qalandiya Festival: Celebrating Pales...
West Bank
By adrian
08 Oct 2014

October 2014,
West Bank, Palestine

The second 'Qalandiya International' contemporary arts biennial drew to a close on Thursday 13 November after nearly a month of exhibitions, performances, installations, conferences and film screenings. Held in cities across 'Historic Palestine', the festival brought together more than 100 Palestinian and international artists to respond to issues relating to Palestinian life, politics and history. Over recent years, various Palestinian contemporary artists have been the recipients of major international awards. Amongst others, Emily Jacir won the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Biennial and Mona Hattoum was awarded the Prize Joan Miro in Barcelona in 2011. Earlier, critically acclaimed Palestinian film-maker Elia Suleiman had won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film festival. Despite the ever-growing international profile of Palestinian contemporary arts, Qalandiya International is one of the first attempts to launch a regular contemporary arts festival within Palestine itself. Taking place amidst ongoing violence in Jerusalem and following soon after the killing of more than 2000 Palestinians over the summer in Gaza, it was unsure at one stage whether the festival should go ahead as planned. Yet organisers decided to push ahead in the spirit of 'sumoud' (steadfastness), and to some people these artistic interventions continued to demonstrate the significant role that Palestinian art and culture has played in the context of resistance since the days of Ghassan Kanafani, Mahmoud Darwish and Naji al-Ali.

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Protest and Funeral in the West Bank
Qalandia
By Eyad Jadallah
25 Jul 2014

July 24-25, 2014
Qalandia, West Bank

17-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Araj is laid to rest after being shot and killed during clashes with Israeli troops the previous night at the Qalandia checkpoint separating the West Bank from Jerusalem. Israeli security forces shot dead Mohammad and wounded 150 other people during the massive, 10 000 person protest in support of fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The confrontation, and several smaller skirmishes throughout Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, came on Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Destiny, when Muslims pray through the night as the holy month of Ramadan nears its end.

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Ramallah Today (8 of 8)
Ramallah, Palestine
By Florin Ghioca
01 Sep 2013

This woman's store in Qalandia Refugee camp was riddled with bullets by Israeli soldiers.

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Ramallah Today (6 of 8)
Ramallah, Palestine
By Florin Ghioca
01 Sep 2013

Jihad Aslan's brother in Qalandia Refugee Camp. Jihad was shot dead by the Israeli soldiers in late august 2013.

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Ramallah Today (2 of 8)
Ramallah, Palestine
By Florin Ghioca
01 Sep 2013

An Injured Palestinian man on the roof of his house in Qalandia Refugee Camp, few days after he was shot in his left leg. "The bullet is still inside, the doctors told me to come back for the surgery".

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Glimpses Of Ramadan In Different Coun...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
02 Aug 2012

Collection of videos and photos depicting Ramadan experiences in different locations.

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Qalandia Checkpoint
Ramallah
By Elo B
28 Jul 2012

Hands appear between fences. Palestinians wait to cross Qalandia checkpoint, the main checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem

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Qalandia Checkpoint
Ramallah
By Elo B
27 Jul 2012

A Palestinian man waits to cross Qalandia checkpoint, the main checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem

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An IDF soldier watches over the men's...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan.

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A man stares into the camera through ...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinians attempted to cross through the Qalandia checkpoint to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the second Friday of Ramadan.

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A man gestures through the bars as he...
Jerusalem
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at Al Aqsa in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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Women and an IDF soldier gesture to o...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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Women crossing the Qalandia checkpoin...
Jerusalem
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at Al Aqsa in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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Soldiers and Palestinian woman wait i...
Jerusalem
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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A woman holds her ID card aloft as wo...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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Men file through the Qalandia checkpo...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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A soldier and a Palestinian medic wai...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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A soldier and a Palestinian medic wai...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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Palestinian women walk to the Qalandi...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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Palestinian women walk to the Qalandi...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at Al Aqsa in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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A Palestinian man queues at the check...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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A Palestinian woman pleads with an ID...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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Women crossing the Qalandia checkpoin...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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A woman waits as she passes through t...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims take the once-a-year opportunity to pray at in Jerusalem. Many have IDs that do not normally allow them into Jerusalem except during Ramadan. This year, the regulations were slightly relaxed, allowing women and men under 40 to cross Qalandia.

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Qalandia Checkpoint - Palestinians Cr...
Jerusalem, Israel
By U.S. Editor
27 Jul 2012

Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. The checkpoint is run and staffed by the IDF, and while regulations were somewhat more relaxed this year, men under 40 are not permitted to cross to pray in Jerusalem unless they have a pre-existing East Jerusalem ID card.

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A man has his documents checked by an...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
27 Jul 2012

Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. As the Israelis use the Biblical name for the West Bank, the IDF border guard's fluorescent jacket now reads "Judean Samaria Guards".

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An IDF soldier checks a Palestinian m...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
26 Jul 2012

Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. The checkpoint is run and staffed by the IDF, and while regulations were somewhat more relaxed this year, men under 40 are not permitted to cross to pray in Jerusalem unless they have a pre-existing East Jerusalem ID card.

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An IDF soldier stands on one of the c...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
26 Jul 2012

Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. The checkpoint is run and staffed by the IDF, and while regulations were somewhat more relaxed this year, men under 40 were not permitted to cross to pray in Jerusalem.

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Two IDF soldiers stand at the men's e...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
26 Jul 2012

Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem each Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. The checkpoint is run and staffed by the IDF, and while regulations were somewhat more relaxed this year, men under 40 are not permitted to cross to pray in Jerusalem unless they have a pre-existing East Jerusalem ID card.

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Men wait to cross through the Qalandi...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
26 Jul 2012

Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan.

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Men file through the Qalandia checkpo...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
26 Jul 2012

Thousands tried to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan.

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Men waiting to file through the Qalan...
Jerusalem, Israel,
By Ms_R
26 Jul 2012

Thousands try to cross through Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank into Jerusalem Friday during Ramadan, using a once-a-year opportunity afforded to many to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during this month.

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A man gestures with frustration at no...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
20 Jul 2012

Hundreds Palestinians tried to cross the Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank to Jerusalem to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque for the first day of Ramadan.

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A soldier stares into the camera from...
Jerusalem, Palestine
By Ms_R
20 Jul 2012

Many Palestinians attempted to cross the Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank to Jerusalem to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque for the first day of Ramadan.

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A Palestinian man argues with the Isr...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
20 Jul 2012

Many Palestinians attempted to cross the Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank to Jerusalem to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque for the first day of Ramadan.

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Soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
20 Jul 2012

Many Palestinians attempted to cross the Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank to Jerusalem to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque for the first day of Ramadan.

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A man holds his son's hand as they cr...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
20 Jul 2012

Many Palestinians attempted to cross the Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank to Jerusalem to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque for the first day of Ramadan.

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An Israeli soldier checks a Palestini...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Ms_R
20 Jul 2012

Many Palestinians attempted to cross the Qalandia checkpoint from the West Bank to Jerusalem to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque for the first day of Ramadan.