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Palestinian "Prisoner Day"

From the looks of the wires, it seems that the Palestinian Territories celebrated "Prisoner Day" over the past few days, organizing protests demanding the release of their "relatives," who are currently jailed in Israel for the mere crime of plotting for the death of the Jews and the destruction of the evil, Zionist, Apartheeeeeeid Israeli state.

To a "progressive" and wholly sympathetic press, this obviously doesn't arise to the horror of detention.

Perhaps I'm too much of a Neanderthal to understand the "nuance."

I can't imagine why Israel would want to imprison peace-loving people like this, other than for sullying the memory of Rambo.

Group Shot, Everybody!


How many angles of the exact same shot can we get? In case you're wondering, the next few photographs illustrate succinctly why I tend to characterize wire photographers as lemmings (again, with thanks to Richard for the excellent graphic):

"Free" thinkers.


Palestinians hold pictures of jailed relatives during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in Israeli jails in the West Bank town of Ramallah April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Monday that Marwan Barghouthi, a Palestinian uprising leader, is on a list of prisoners the Hamas movement demands Israel release in exchange for a captive soldier. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel (WEST BANK)


Palestinian women hold pictures of jailed relatives during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank town of Nablus April 17, 2007. The women were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Monday that Marwan Barghouthi, a Palestinian uprising leader, is on a list of prisoners the Hamas movement demands Israel release in exchange for a captive soldier. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini (WEST BANK)


Palestinian women hold pictures of relatives held in Israeli jails during a protest marking Palestinian Prisoners' Day in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners' Day is held in support of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)


It's For the Children!


Palestinian girl Asma Obeid, 3, holds a portrait of her father who is serving 4 life term in an Israeli jail during a protest to mark prisoners day at the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held to remember Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


Palestinian children hold pictures of their jailed relatives as they stand in front of Palestinian security officers during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Hebron, April 17, 2007. They were calling for the release of Palestinians prisoners from Israeli jails. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are drawing up confidence-building steps under U.S. auspices to help guide talks they have agreed to hold every two weeks, U.S. diplomats said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun (WEST BANK)


Ye Olde Angry Women


Palestinian women hold pictures of jailed relatives during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank town of Nablus April 17, 2007. The women were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Monday that Marwan Barghouthi, a Palestinian uprising leader, is on a list of prisoners the Hamas movement demands Israel release in exchange for a captive soldier. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini (WEST BANK)


Palestinian women hold pictures of relatives held in Israeli jails during a protest marking Palestinian Prisoners Day in in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held to remember Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


A Palestinian woman shouts as she holds a picture of a relative held in an Israeli jail during a protest marking Palestinian Prisoners Day in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held to remember Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


Palestinian women shout slogans as they hold pictures of their relatives held in Israeli jails during a protest demanding the release of prisoners in the West Bank village of Bethlehem, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held in identification with Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Palestinian women hold pictures of jailed relatives during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank town of Ramallah April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Monday that Marwan Barghouthi, a Palestinian uprising leader, is on a list of prisoners the Hamas movement demands Israel release in exchange for a captive soldier. REUTERS/Oleg Popov (WEST BANK)


A Palestinian woman reacts while holding a portrait of her jailed son during a protest to mark prisoners day in the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held in support of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


Abu Ghraib!


Palestinians hold symbolic chains and a picture of jailed relatives during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Bethlehem April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are drawing up confidence-building steps under U.S. auspices to help guide talks they have agreed to hold every two weeks, U.S. diplomats said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK)


Palestinians pose as chained prisoners during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Bethlehem April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are drawing up confidence-building steps under U.S. auspices to help guide talks they have agreed to hold every two weeks, U.S. diplomats said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK)


Masked Palestinian protesters wearing symbolic handcuffs march demanding the release of prisoners held in Israeli Jails, in the West Bank village of Bethlehem, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held in identification with Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Palestinian children stand next to masked protesters wearing handcuffs and holding pictures of their relatives that are held in Israeli jails during a demonstration demanding the release of prisoners in the West Bank village of Bethlehem Tuesday April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held in identification with Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


The Rest


By my untrained eye, there are about 200 people here. Notice, however, that all of the photos are very closely-cropped to create the illusion of this being a much larger gathering.

A Palestinian man holds photographs of his relatives held in Israeli jails during a protest to mark prisoners day in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held to remember Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


An elderly Palestinian man, wearing a badge showing late leader Yasser Arafat on his Arabic headdress, holds a poster showing Palestinians held in Israeli jails, during a protest to mark prisoners day at the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held to remember Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


A Palestinian woman holds a framed photograph of her husband who is jailed in Israel, during a protest to mark prisoners day at the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held to remember Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. Arabic reads on the photograph' I miss you, teach me how not to'. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


A Palestinian woman reacts next to a picture of a relative held in an Israeli jail during a protest marking Palestinian Prisoners Day in in the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held in identification with Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, and came as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)


Palestinian women hold pictures of jailed relatives during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank town of Nablus April 17, 2007. The women were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Monday that Marwan Barghouthi, a Palestinian uprising leader, is on a list of prisoners the Hamas movement demands Israel release in exchange for a captive soldier. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini (WEST BANK)


Palestinians hold pictures of relatives held in Israeli jails during a protest marking Palestinian Prisoners Day in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. The annual Prisoners Day is held in support of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, many of them for security offenses ranging from stone-throwing to plotting suicide bombings, as negotiations continued for a prisoner swap in return for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked militants last June. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)


A Palestinian woman holds pictures of jailed relatives during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Bethlehem April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are drawing up confidence-building steps under U.S. auspices to help guide talks they have agreed to hold every two weeks, U.S. diplomats said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK)


A Palestinian women holds pictures of jailed relatives during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Bethlehem April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are drawing up confidence-building steps under U.S. auspices to help guide talks they have agreed to hold every two weeks, U.S. diplomats said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK)


A Palestinian woman holds a poster of Fatah jailed leader Marwan Barghouti during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Hebron, April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinians prisoners from Israeli jails. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are drawing up confidence-building steps under U.S. auspices to help guide talks they have agreed to hold every two weeks, U.S. diplomats said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun (WEST BANK)


Palestinian security officers attend a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Hebron, April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinians prisoners from Israeli jails. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are drawing up confidence-building steps under U.S. auspices to help guide talks they have agreed to hold every two weeks, U.S. diplomats said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun (WEST BANK)

Of course, you just KNOW they had to go out with a bang. It wouldn't be a Palestinian "peace-loving" protest unless something were on fire:

Palestinians burn a model of an Israeli jail during a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Hebron, April 17, 2007. The protesters were calling for the release of Palestinians prisoners from Israeli jails. Israeli and Palestinian leaders are drawing up confidence-building steps under U.S. auspices to help guide talks they have agreed to hold every two weeks, U.S. diplomats said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun (WEST BANK)

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