Israel

A Palestinian starts to demolish his home to carry out an Israeli court order which ruled that the house was built without a municipality permit, in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat. Many Palestinians end up demolishing their homes themselves to avoid the high cost of paying for Israeli government bulldozers, or being sent to prison for not being able to pay.

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A Palestinian starts to demolish his home to carry out an Israeli court order which ruled that the house was built without a municipality permit, in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat. Many Palestinians end up demolishing their homes themselves to avoid the high cost of paying for Israeli government bulldozers, or being sent to prison for not being able to pay.

Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties. The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes.

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Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Hezbollah says Israel conducted an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties.

Jewish ultra-orthodox groom Aharon Krois celebrates his wedding with Rivka Hannah (Hofman) (unseen) during the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual following her wedding in an ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem on February 18, 2014. During the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual the bride will dance with members of the community, family and with her groom at the end of the wedding ceremony.

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Jewish ultra-orthodox groom Aharon Krois celebrates his marriage to Rivka Hannah during the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual, in Jerusalem

African asylum seekers protest outside Holot detention centre...epa04085006 An African asylum seeker covers himself with a blanket as dawn breaks during the second day of protest of asylums seekers outside the Holot Detention center in the Negev desert, Israel, early 18 February 2014. Several hundred Asylum seekers came from Tel Aviv to protest and sleep outside the prison against Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status and the opening of the detention centre itself.  EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN

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An African asylum seeker covers himself with a blanket as dawn breaks during the second day of protest outside the Holot detention centre in the Negev desert, Israel. Several hundred asylum seekers came from Tel Aviv to demonstrate against Israel’s refusal to grant them refugee status. Read more

Holot detention center for African asylum seekers...epa04083553 African asylum seekers and inmates of the Holot Detention centre stand at the fence of the facility during a protest in Holot, Israel, 17 February 2014. Several Asylum seekers came from Tel Aviv to protest outside the prison against Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status and the opening of Holot.  EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN

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Inmates of the Holot detention centre stand at the fence of the facility during a protest on the outside. Several asylum seekers came from Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the opening of Holot and Israel‘s refusal to grant them refugee status. Read more

African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel, 11 February 2014. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv's Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior. The asylum seekers are protesting since weeks  against Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status and the opening of 'Holot', the new detention facility in the country's south.

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African asylum seekers gesture during a protest outside the Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over 1,000 African migrants, which mostly arrive from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from southern Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park to the Ministry of Interior.

epa04057945 Ultra-Orthodox Jews dance as police fire a water canon at them during a protest at the entrance to Jerusalem, 06 February 2014, over Israel drafting ultra-Orthodox into the the military. Several thousand ultra-Orthodox protested in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities and towns after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish young man was arrested when he dodged the draft. Police used water canon and horses and physical force to break up the protest.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews dance as police fire a water canon at them during a protest at the entrance to Jerusalem over Israel drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military. Several thousand protested in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities after a young man was arrested when he dodged the draft.

African asylum seekers, who entered Isra...African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, use blankets to protect themselves from the cold during a continuing protest in Tel Aviv's Levinski Park on February 5, 2014. The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are protesting to call for help in the face of Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status. Last month, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned that Israel could be in breach of international law with new legislation that allows for the potentially indefinite detention of asylum-seekers.  AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, use blankets to protect themselves from the cold during a continuing protest in Tel Aviv’s Levinski Park. The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are calling for help in the face of Israel’s refusal to grant them refugee status. Last month, the UN refugee agency warned that Israel could be in breach of international law with new legislation that allows for the potentially indefinite detention of asylum-seekers. Read more

Palestinian youths check a destroyed building following overnight Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on January 16, 2014. Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip against training camps used by the armed wing of the territory's Hamas rulers left four children and a woman wounded, Palestinian medical sources said.

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Palestinian youths check a destroyed building after overnight Israeli air strikes in Gaza City. Air strikes in the Gaza Strip against training camps used by the armed wing of the territory’s Hamas rulers left four children and a woman wounded, Palestinian medical sources said Read more

Illegal Immigrants Rally In Tel Aviv...TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JANUARY 06:   (ISRAEL OUT) Thousands of African migrants take part in a rally in front of the American embassy on January 6, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers are protesting against a law allowing authorities to keep them in open-ended detention until the resolution of their asylum requests are granted or they are deported or volunteered to leave the country.

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Thousands of African migrants take part in a rally in front of the US embassy in Tel Aviv in protest against a law that allows the Israeli authorities to keep them in open-ended detention until their asylum requests are resolved Read more