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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Hassan is 82 years old. In 1948, Israel took half of his land. He is now living in a cave with his wife. He says: "It is not enough to take our land, they also want our caves, they want everything. But it is our life". Israel actually wants the cave so it can build new settlements on the mountain.

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Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 16, 2014
Lifta, Israel

The entrance of one of the two old schools in Lifta. Now, people come to the village to cool down and often use the schools to have a barbecue. The remnants of charcoal from a barbecue can be seen on the right.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 16, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Marina El-Ghoul is a Palestinian from Gaza. Her family fled when she was 2 and she has been raised in the United States. She is about to go to Gaza again for the fist time to work there as an emergency responser. When she heard about the story of Lifta, she came down to the village and posed for a photograph to support the right to return. Written arabic on the wall: "Lifta is ours. We will come back".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A stone from the doorframe has been removed from one of Lifta's old houses. Regardless of the Israeli government's plan to demolish the village, Lifta is still endangered because people come to steal pieces of stone and floor tiles that are too expensive on the market.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September 16, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel

Jalal was born in Lifta. When he was 12, he had to leave the village with his family. He lived in the upper part of Lifta. His childhood home was demolished a long time ago to make room for an administrative building instead. He used to take his boys to Lifta, "to let them know it is their land". He says, "We have the right to be there. It is my land. It is not fair to bring other people from all over the world to my home. I want the right to return". The village of Lifta is situated in a rugged valley and is difficult to access. Therefore, Jalal cannot visit the village anymore.

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Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Young Israelis bathing in the former spring of Lifta.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In 1959, Israel considered Lifta a "national reserve". Since 1967, the Israeli army has been using the village for military exercises because the environment and rough, hilly terrain are similar to Lebanon. This also contributes to the continuing damage done to the village.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A verse from a poem by Palestnian poet Mahmoud Darwish graffitied on a wall inside one of the old homes in Lifta. The verse reads, "This land deserves life."

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A legend says that in the 1970's, Israeli art students rushed to the village because they had heard that the government was about to give it houses away for a very cheap price in order to turn it into an artists colony. Each student chose a house and painted his or her name on the wall outside. Here then name 'Gershtein', is written in big black letters, along with the date the date (here 30.05.7), and the word 'taken' to the left of date. The national archives are not accessible regarding this issue, so it is impossible to find out if the story has some truth to it or not.

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Erasing palestine- historic village n...
By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Partial view of Lifta from an old house surrounded by barbed wire. The municipal council of Jerusalem said the barbed wire is a safety precaution used to keep people from entering what is said to be the unstable structure of the house.

However, some Palestinians feel the barbed wire is used to keep people from visiting the old houses.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

The natural spring of the village is now a place where youth come to bath. Most of people who come to Lifta to enjoy the spring or the peaceful environment are Israeli. Here, a young Palestinian relaxes alone on the edge of the water.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

On a sign giving directions to the village, the Arabic writing of "Lifta" has scratched out of the sign.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In one of the remaining houses of Lifta, a young Israeli woman comes to have a picnic. She knows nothing about the village's story. On the wall, written in Arabic is the slogan, "Lifta is ours, we will come back".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

An Israeli family enjoys a picnic in Lifta. When asked, they do not know about the story of the village. Only the youngest daughter, who did not want to appear in the photograph, mentioned that it was a Palestinian village. She said that the Palestinian people had to leave in order to give their homes to Jewish people, and that they are now asking for the right to return. Baffled by the story the mother asked, "But why can't they return?".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In the village, "Palestine" written in Arabic on the leaf of a prickly pear tree.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In 1948, Jewish people, mostly from Yemen, arrived in Lifta to live in the Palestinian village. After leaving their lives in the countries of origin, they were disappointed with what they found in Lifta; a small, remote village, with little infrastructure.

At the end of 1964, when they saw Asheknazi Jews (Jews of European descent) living in nice "luxury" houses, the Jews of Lifta protested. In 1965, the government provided them with housing in Jerusalem. They were so happy to leave the village that they blew up the roofs of every house to ensure nobody will ever return.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Ilan Shtayer is an Israeli Jew. He is a member of the association "Save Lifta" and fights for the preservation of the village. He is also a former fighter in the Israeli army and is now a member of "Combatants for Peace", an Israeli-Palestinian organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who demand an end to the occupation of Palestinian land.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Before 1948, the village of Lifta had 500 houses with about 3.000 inhabitants. Half of them were in the upper part of the village, the other half in the lower part, which still remains. The upper part has already been demolished. On the left, the center, and the right of the photograph, three old houses from the former upper part of Lifta are still visible.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

One of the four olive presses used by the Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta. The family probably lived on the second floor.

Dying Trades in the Holy Land
By dafnatal7
04 Sep 2014

A look at some of Israel's last family businesses, which are being crushed by changing times. For some of the most traditional Jewish and Arab businesses, it won't be long before their doors close for the last time. New technologies, large corporations, and the draw of the modern world mean that the next generation of consumers and the heirs to the businesses no longer have an interest in the businesses' futures.

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Palestinians in Iraq Displaced Repeat...
Erbil
By Jawdat Ahmed
28 Aug 2014

Palestinians, who fled their home country in 1948 and settled in Iraq, have been displaced again in their adopted country. The families left Palestine after the creation of the state of Israel and set up residency in Mosul. They were persecuted under the regime of Saddam Hussein and denied rights of ownership given to regular Iraqi citizens. Despite this they stayed in Mosul for years until ISIS fighters took over the city and encouraged them to fight with them under the pretense of giving the Palestinians a state (Islamic State).

After they refused, the Palestinians fled Mosul to the Khazer refugee camp in the Kalak region, 50km east of Erbil, on the Iraqi-Syrian border, along with other refugees from northern Iraq. However ISIS forces kept advancing, taking over more towns in the region, which lead to the Kurdish Peshmerga evacuating the refugees from the area. They moved the Palestinians to the Baharka camp near Erbil, where they are sheltering for now.

Ibrahim, Palestinian father (man, Arabic):

“At first let me tell you that we are Palestinians, and we have been suffering continuously from 1948 until now. We have been persecuted and treated unjustly since then. Even during the rule of Saddam Hussein, Palestinians used to suffer as well. We weren't allowed to have Iraqi nationality, we couldn't own a house, and we couldn't own anything under our names. Even when Hussein was overthrown and the new regime took control we still suffered. To Arabs in general, Palestinians are terrorists. Anywhere we go, we are always treated in a negative way, once we show our IDs that say that we are Palestinian, the way they treat us changes.

The day the fighters came into Mosul, you can call them whatever you want “ISIS” or “IS” or anything, they already had information that we are Palestinian. They came to us asking us to fight with them, under the pretext that we are oppressed, and that they will help us have our own state. Of course we couldn't allow our children to join the fighting, or else they will be considered terrorists and will probably end up dead, but we had no other choice, no one can argue with them. If we had we would be treated as apostates. They told us we have two days to make our children join the fighting. Even if they can't fight, they will train them and give them salaries. We, the decision makers in the community, held a meeting and decided to flee the area the next day to the Khazer camp.

Our situation is not safe, if the next day Mosul is freed [from ISIS], the government will tell us to go back, but when we are in Mosul, our lives are in danger. Since we are Palestinian, the Iraqi government will treat us as terrorists. If we go to Mosul today, ISIS will punish us because we didn't fight on their side. Either way, our situation in Iraq is dangerous, we thank God we're in Kurdistan now, but our future is unknown. We demand the UNHCR to settle us in another country, because our future here is unstable.”

Ali, Palestinian father (man, Arabic):

“We ask the UN and the Human rights associations to look after us, and take us out of the country. We suffered a lot since we came here. Ever since I was born in this country, I didn't know peace or stability; we have no rights at all. We demand the UN to take us out of Iraq.

We came to this refugee camp without a thing, not even a dollar. We decided to look for a job in order to survive. We are living all together, 8 families supporting and helping each other.

The state of Palestine has provided nothing for us since 1948. We always wished the Palestinian president and the government would look out for us. The only thing we got from any Palestinian official was the official form to get into Erbil easily and that was given by the Palestinian ambassador, here in Iraq.”

Shot list:

00:00 - 01:26 Various shots of Khazer refugee camp and Peshmerga forces
01:27 - 02:16 Various shots of Baharka refugee camp and cutaways of the Palestinian families
08:52 - 10:15 (End) Various shots of Baharka refugee camp and refugees

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Gaza's Orphans Begin New Lives
Gaza
By Andrea DiCenzo
25 Aug 2014

August 28, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Palestinian children orphaned in the 2014 Gaza war begin new lives in the care of extended family and orphanages. While the physical wounds many of them sustained during the 50 day war are healing, their psychological wounds are just beginning to show. Gaza's dismal, blockaded, and underfunded mental health system cannot cope with massive amount of children in need of psychosocial care. Most children will receive no specialized treatment for their deep psychological wounds.

Many children orphaned in the war are now beginning new lives in the care of extended family members. However, as Islam forbids adoption, those who do not have extended family to go to are now under the care of orphanages and will remain so until they are adults.

These photos profile three young girls who lost their parents in the 2014 Gaza conflict and are now looking for a new start as their caretakers help rebuild their shattered lives.

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Gaza: Assessing the Damage
Gaza
By Andrea DiCenzo
25 Aug 2014

After what was possibly the most destructive war in Gaza in recent history, residents of the besieged coastal enclave finally have a chance to assess the damage done to their homes and properties. For the thousands left homeless by the hostilities, life is now a painstaking process of rebuilding the little that remains of their possessions.

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20 years lost: Gaza family loses home
Gaza City
By Sanaa Kamal
18 Aug 2014

Having bought land in 1994, the Beik family spent 20 years constructing their dream home in Al Nafaq street, in Gaza city. In July 2014, during Israel's Operation Protective Edge, a missile struck the house and destroyed it. No one was injured, but 20 years of hard work was lost in one missile attack. After only 3 years living in the house, 28 people from 3 generations were made homeless and now live together in a small 300 sqm house.

This video shows the Beik family in their new found shelter and follows them to their old home, where they inspect the damage and come face to face with a shattered dream and 20 lost years of hard work.

Translation:

I was shocked, I did not expect the destruction to be this severe. They told me that a part of the house was destroyed, they did not tell the severity of the situation because they wanted to spare our feelings. However, when I saw it, I did not imagine it too be like this, It was a huge shock for me.

Interviewer: How did you spend last night?

I spent it sitting all night with my children on my lap, scared because of the shelling and the destruction. Also, the night before, the bombing was very close to our area, so the children were really scared. [They are] not only my children, but my nephews too, we were all gathered together in one house.

Interviewer: What did you tell the children the noise was?

What could i tell them? I told them it is the neighbors making noise to calm them down. My children are very young, they do not know what a missile means or a plane means. My son is 3 years old and he comes and tells me, "mom there is a missile." He does not understand. he does not understand the danger of a missile, so I want to switch the terms that he is using. I tell him, no it is the neighbor, he threw a rock against the wall and we will no longer speak to this neighbor. What else could i possibly do?

Where is safety? My family's house is where we felt safe and secure, now it is gone, where should we go? My family do not know where to go, how are we going to follow them? We are all homeless.

May God help us, what did my parents do to deserve this? All their life they worked so hard to raise us and build this house. They starved themselves to build this house and feel safe.

I stopped thinking, what would I think about? A house we have been building since 1994, that we spent our lives collecting money for, gets destroyed in seconds. Even if they want to make it up for us, what could they possibly do to make up for all we put in this house?

There is a huge difference between this kitchen and my kitchen in that house. I built that kitchen in an american style, filled it with new machines, my fridge is new, everything is new. When I first came here, my relatives started bringing things for the kitchen each one brought something, just to be able to live here. I do not even have an oven, I do not own anything in this kitchen, all the stuff belong to my relatives, they put them here. There is a huge difference between my new, well organized kitchen, the kitchen that I made according to what I want, I prepared everything I like in that kitchen so I can live comfortably in this period of time when I grow old, and now we are homeless, accepting charity from people.

Instead of going into a nice bedroom, now we are sleeping here, and those mattresses we got them from the Red Cross.

On the day of the incident we were at the evening prayer, my husband and all my children went to the mosque and only the eldest one stayed here with us. He said he will stay and pray at home because the situation was already compacted and bombing was happening outside. My daughters and daughters in law were terrified of the bombing, so he said, "let me stay here, in case anything happens near us, we would feel safe because there is a man in the house."

Before we finished the evening prayer, we heard a bomb sound. We did not know where the sound came from, near our house there is a gym, so we thought it came from there. We stopped praying and we went to see where the sound came from, we did not know that the sound was in our house. It was a missile dropped from a drone, we went out to see, we thought it was in the gym, people started saying no it is in the al-Beik house. So I went out with my son and the daughters started screaming out of fear and terror. So I went out with my eldest son to look. The house was two parts, so I went to check the other part and I saw smoke and nobody was able to see. It was also dark because there was no electricity, which made it much scarier for us. We had a small lightbulb, and then my son came and told me, "mother the missile hit our house take the women and the children and go down quickly." We told him we do not have anything with us, he told us to hurry.

We took the women and the children and we went running down the stairs barefoot. I was dressed the same way I am dressed now, we were running and I have knee problems, so it was very hard for me to run down the stairs. God helped me to go down quickly and got out. One of my daughters has a nerve decease, she is simple minded, does not understand everything. So when we had to run I grabbed her and pulled her and told her to go down quickly, but she was insisting on getting her shoes. I told her leave the shoes, just go down. She left me, but I thought she had went down with the rest. When we went down, we started knocking on doors to hide in someone's house, but no one opened, everyone was afraid and locked up in their homes. Eventually someone opened for us and when we went in we started checking up on everyone. One of my daughters screamed, my sister Rania is not here. My sick daughter, so I said I brought her with me, they said, "she is not here mother!" I turned to my son and told him, we cannot find your sister, she is not here. So we started looking for my daughter, we were terrified and we thought she was gone. Her brother started looking and all the men started looking.

After a while, apparently she went down from the house on her own and stood at the entrance, so a young man from the neighborhood saw here and brought her to us. I asked her, `'where were you my daughter?" She said, "I went to get my shoes". I told her " didn't I tell you to come down with me?" she said :" I went to find my shoes and a missile was dropped from the ceiling" . The poor girl, went to drink water because she was afraid, and then she went down to sit in the apartment in the lower floor. She did not know what is happening while were were looking for her outside. So when the young man came and took her and brought her to us while her brother was shouting her name, so she answered him while the guy was bringing her up, and she said "you are calling me?'', so her brother said, "yes Rania come here."

After that we left the house we were hiding in because it was close to where the bombing was happening. We went to a further place, where we hid in houses with people. At that time a missile was dropped and the house was destroyed.

May God help us, what can I do, I had a nervous breakdown, when a person sees his lifelong work and effort, getting thrown away. I have not lived in this house for long, I have recently moved there. I have been living in that house for only three years. I am a teacher, and I save some money of my salary each month to get this house. We have been saving money to buy the land ever since 1994. I have been waiting from 1994 to live in it, and it has only been three years. My life long work and my husband's and children, all put in for this house so we can live in it. What could I possibly be feeling?

This is our beloved home. For 20 years my parents have been building it and they have put the most beautiful things, the best things in that house so we can live there happily and comfortably. For 20 years they have been working on this house and at the end, one missile ruins everything. It destroys and destroys our dreams. I used to wake up, work in the house, go sit in the sun, change things around the house, it was amazing, a wonderful house. My room was beautiful, I put the best things in it, the best furniture and suddenly, we move from the best house to the ugliest house.

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Funeral Sparks Clashes in West Bank
Hebron, Palestine
By adrian
12 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014
Hebron, West Bank

A funeral procession takes place for Nader Idris, a Palestinian father of seven killed by live fire shot by Israeli troops, in Hebron, West Bank. The funeral was followed by violent clashes between local residents and Israeli troops in the nearby Bab al-Zaweya district.

Hundreds of Hebron citizens partook in the funeral amongst sentiments of public outrage and chants against the ongoing Israeli invasion of Gaza.

The funeral procession moved around in the city with the participation of many national public figures. Participants carried the Palestinian flag.

After the funeral, clashes broke out between local civilians and Israeli forces in the area of Bab al-Zaweya. Young men threw rocks and empty bottles, and Israeli forces hit back with live bullets, rubber bullets, and sound bombs.

Five men were injured with live bullets in the bottom part of the body, and journalists were forbidden to cover the incident.

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Gaza Support Rally, The Netherlands
utrecht
By Reinier van Oorsouw
10 Aug 2014

August 10, 2014 Utrecht, Netherlands In downtown Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, a pro-Palestine rally was held as a show of solidarity for the population of Gaza, who are currently under siege by the Israeli army.

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Gaza Paramedics Evacuate Civilians fr...
Gaza City
By adrian
06 Aug 2014

July 19-20, 2014
Gaza City

Paramedics from the Red Crescent Center in Gaza City brave shell fire and street battles to evacuate civilians trapped in the volatile Shajaya area. Throughout the Operation Protective Edge, paramedics have been killed and injured while on duty. Often, paramedics are the only people willing to risk entering dangerous areas to evacuate stranded civilians. This photo story follows a crew of Gaza City's paramedics over the course of a dangerous night in Gaza.

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Thousands Rally for Gaza Outside the ...
Washington D.C.
By Wes Bruer
04 Aug 2014

Thousands of supporters of Palestine rallied to the White House to protest the U.S. Government's support of the Israeli military which is carrying out military operations in Gaza leading the many civilian deaths. Prominent speakers such as activist and professor Dr. Cornell West and Director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations Nihad Awad decried U.S. involvement in the conflict and called on President Obama to stop all aid to Israel as thousands chanted from the filled streets lining the White House.

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Funeral of Udai Nafez
Rafat, Palestinian Territories
By Eyad Jadallah
02 Aug 2014

Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of 19-year-old Udai Nafez, killed during clashes with Israeli forces in Saffa a village west of Ramallah, in the West Bank village of Rafat on August 2, 2014. Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during separate clashes in the northern and central West Bank on Friday . Photo By: Eyad Jadallah

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Funeral of Udai Nafez
Rafat, Palestinian Territories
By Eyad Jadallah
02 Aug 2014

Mourners and relatives carry the body of 19-year-old Palestinian Udai Nafez, killed during clashes with Israeli forces in Saffa a village west of Ramallah, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Rafat on August 2, 2014. Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during separate clashes in the northern and central West Bank on Friday

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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Act pro-Palestine in Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.