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from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Walls and balls

Last week we posted about the fifth anniversary of the International Court of Justice ruling on the separation barrier Israel is building in and around the West Bank.

We mentioned how, despite it being one of the Palestinians' most hated symbols of Israeli occupation, some people had worked the barrier into their daily lives, using it as a backdrop for movie screenings, restaurant menus and all manner of protest - artistic and otherwise.

Now Cellcom, an Israeli mobile phone company has used a portion of the separation barrier as the backdrop for one of its TV commercials - causing something of a stir in the blogosphere and on social networks like Facebook (login required) and YouTube.

Its not an original idea. As you will have seen in the video in last week's post - the wall has already been used as a tennis net by activists protesting its existence and, in the video below, to promote an extraordinary idea that an Israeli-Palestinian joint bid for a World Cup soccer tournament might be a catalyst for peace.

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Too Close for Comfort

Every week our photographers and cameramen cover any number of demonstrations organised by activists protesting against the barrier Israel is building in and around the West Bank. Palestinians say the barrier is an Israeli land-grab that stifles freedom of movement and economic growth. Israeli authorities say the barrier prevents would-be attackers from reaching Israel.

You can read more about the controversy over the barrier here.

Covering the demonstrations has become a kind of routine. Most demonstrations happen on Fridays in the early afternoon. Protesters usually arrive along the same route. The Israeli army or Border Police are usually positioned in the same places. Protests start fairly quietly with chanting and flag-waving but almost invariably degenerate into skirmishes where demonstrators throw rocks at the Israeli forces who fire tear gas or rubber coated bullets to disperse the crowd.

from Our Take on Your Take:

Images of a democracy icon

Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most difficult people for journalists to photograph as access to the democracy icon is severely limited. Often the only way to see an image of Suu Kyi is on the posters and placards of demonstrators protesting her detention, or in the case above against fresh charges brought against her.

View this week's Your View slideshow here.

from Photographers' Blog:

Human roadblock

I was relaxing Sunday evening killing zombies on the Xbox, when I got a news alert on my blackberry stating Tamil protesters were blocking two lanes of traffic on the Gardiner Expressway.  The Gardiner is a major freeway that goes through downtown Toronto. We don’t often see big protests or demonstrations, so my excitement begins to build.

The freeway snakes in between high rise condo buildings, and my first instinct was to figure out a way to get a vantage point up in the building to shoot the protest from a high angle.  I spotted a couple of guys enjoying a few beers on their 10th floor balcony  and shouted up. They were happy to come down and take me up to a spot overlooking the site of the protest. I took my pictures of the blockaded road, filed them, and got back down to street level to see if I could get in nice and close.

from Our Take on Your Take:

Through the flag lies the protest

Your View contributor Balint Fejer has waited for the moment that a flag is lowered into his frame in this scene from a protest in Hungary.

View this week's Your View slideshow here.

from DealZone:

Canary Wharf’s bankers don denim, brace for protests

A man sits and another stands by a sign in the Canary Wharf financial district of London

Some in Canary Wharf swapped their emblematic pin-striped suits for more casual gear on Thursday as London's banking bastion braced for anti-capitalist protesters.

"We have advised staff to dress casually and security around Canary Wharf has been tightened significantly," said Robert Whitton, chairman of Whitton Investments, an investment management firm based in the district.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

We’re lounging against The Man!

Today's political protesters don't seem to have the commitment we saw in the turbulent 20th century. I've ranted about golf-playing protesters, radicals who don't quite get it, and protesters who only rally in historical costumes.

But this may be the worst. A photo of guys demonstrating against the G20 summit, IN FRICKING DECK CHAIRS!

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Turning the tables on police?

Lonnie! Where you goin' with my good table?

Nowhere, Ma!

Lonnie, I'm not stupid! You're strappin' my good table to yer car!

Okay, Jeez! I'm takin' it down to our protest today, to throw it at the police.

Yikes, Lonnie! Throwin' a heavy table at the cops? What are you protesting?

Police brutality, Ma.

But I NEED my table, Lon! It's canasta night!

Don't worry, I'm pretty sure it's a deductible political donation. Plus, I wrote your name and address on the bottom.

Oh, you're a good son, Lonnie!

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A protester throws a table at the police during an annual march against police brutality in downtown Montreal March 15, 2009. REUTERS/ Christinne Muschi

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Get up and get your getup on!

Welcome back to our popular feature, Stuff maybe we should have explained in the caption, but didn't. We're told these photos show demonstrators in Edwardian costumes protesting the expansion of London's Heathrow Airport.

Huh? And that would be because airport expansion was a vital issue during the 1901 to 1910 Edwardian era? Or because protesting without a fun period costume just isn't done?

from Our Take on Your Take:

A shoe hold up

Since Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi hurled his shoes at President Bush, footwear has become an integral part of rallies around the world. You Witness contributor Roshan Norouzi shows us the shoe effect during a protest in Tehran against Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

View this week's You Witness showcase here.

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