Al-Manara Square in Ramallah, Palestine

Al-Manara Square in Ramallah, Palestine Stock Photo
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Contributor:

Craig Stennett / Alamy Stock Photo

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KF77W8

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28.7 MB (1.7 MB Compressed download)

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3872 x 2592 px | 32.8 x 21.9 cm | 12.9 x 8.6 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

21 October 2017

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Al-Manara Square, Ramallah, Palestine

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Al-Manara Square is located in Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the central West Bank located 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Jerusalem. It has been called "one of Palestine’s renowned public spaces.When Palestinian municipal councils retook control they rebuilt the monument at the site of the previous Al-Manara monument, inside a traffic circle. As the population of Ramallah grew, resulting in traffic problems, Al-Manara was reconstructed several times. In 1999, the municipality appointed an English architect to rebuild the monument in the mode of the original design. Three more families were represented in the statues, al-Ajlouni, Hishmah, and al-Araj. The monument would be topped by a lamp directed skyward whose light might reach as far as ten kilometres. The monument was finished in July 2000. During the Second Intifada (2000–2007) a suspected collaborator was shot in the head in the square. The square continues to be used to protest the actions of Israel and of Palestinian leaders. In 2007 Palestinian police broke up protests against the Annapolis Middle East peace conference. In 2009 and 2010 Ramallah-area protests against the Gaza War in were limited to al-Manara Square. After Al Jazeera released the Palestine Papers in early 2011 angry protesters who doubted the veracity of documents showing Palestinian officials made generous concessions to Israel protested in the square and at Al Jazeera offices on the square, breaking some windows of the news organization. In early 2011 protesters calling for an end to the split between Fatah and Hamas set up a tent in al-Manara Square. In 2011 Palestinians protested erected a tent in the square where more than ten Palestinians were participating in a hunger strike in solidarity with 6, 000 Arab and Palestinian prisoners who had been on a hunger strike in Israeli jails.

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