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Gaza not through gun sights

May 2018

In recent weeks, tens of thousands of Gazans have protested along the fence with Israel. Most have stayed several hundred meters away from the fence, with the demonstrations taking the form of a folk festival: entertainment stages, live music, food stalls and large tents where entire families spend the day.

Naturally, media coverage and public debate have focused on Israeli soldiers shooting demonstrators who approached the fence. Yet it is worth pausing over the vast majority of protesters, who have not been involved in such incidents. B’Tselem field researcher Olfat al-Kurd, Muhammad Sabah and Khaled al-‘Azayzeh documented not only casualties, but also the back line of the demonstrations: teens playing soccer, women baking bread, food stalls, and Gazans asking for an end to the Israeli blockade that has made their lives intolerable.

East of the al-Bureij refugee camp, the center of the Gaza Strip. Photo by Khaled al-'Azayzeh, 13 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 20 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 20 April 2018
East of the town of Khuza'ah, southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 6 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 20 April 2018
East of the al-Bureij refugee camp, the center of the Gaza Strip. Photo by Khaled al-'Azayzeh, 13 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 20 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 27 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 20 April 2018
East of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 20 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 20 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 20 April 2018
East of the town of Khuza'ah, southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 6 April 2018
East of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, 20 April 2018
East of Gaza City. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 27 April 2018
East of Jabalya refugee camp. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 18 April 2018
East of the al-Bureij refugee camp, the center of the Gaza Strip. Photo by Khaled al-'Azayzeh, 13 April 2018
East of Gaza City. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 27 April 2018
East of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 20 April 2018
East of Gaza City. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 27 April 2018
East of Gaza City. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 27 April 2018
East of Gaza City. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 27 April 2018
East of the al-Bureij refugee camp, the center of the Gaza Strip. Photo by Khaled al-'Azayzeh, 13 April 2018
East of Gaza City. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 27 April 2018
East of the al-Bureij refugee camp, the center of the Gaza Strip. Photo by Khaled al-'Azayzeh, 13 April 2018
East of Gaza City. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 27 April 2018
East of Gaza City. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, 27 April 2018


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