A tea bagger from the city of Haifa, Israel, is among the few who have returned to the streets after a year of protesting the occupation and the occupation’s siege.
“I have come to the street to protest against the occupation,” said Yaron Cohen, a 34-year-old tea bag man.
“The occupation is killing us.
It’s the biggest threat to our lives.
We can’t sleep.
We feel like we’re being targeted.”
The occupation has a long history in the occupied West Bank, but the current uprising has been sparked by the death of a 23-year old Palestinian man named Ahmad al-Araj.
He was found in the West Bank city of Hebron with stab wounds on December 31, 2015.
The Israelis claim he was killed by Israeli forces.
Al-Arahj was buried in Jerusalem.
“He was the most beloved person in our city,” Cohen said.
“This is our brother.
We didn’t want to go to the funeral, but we knew we had to.
We knew he was the person who would lead us out of the street.
The whole day he was on the street, and he was a real person.”
Arai was a father of four, and a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he studied literature.
“We never dreamed he would be killed.
He’s the only one who could have saved our lives,” said his father, Ali.
“Ara was a fighter.
He did his duty and he died a hero.”
Al-Qudra, who also works as a tea bagman, said that while he has never met Arai, he has seen him on TV and in the news.
“If you saw him in the street with his friends, he was like a brother,” Qudra said.
“I’m not the only guy who feels like he’s been targeted, but it’s really frustrating.
We had to stay in the dark until we were able to find our brothers.”
Qudras father, Aida, was a taxi driver and a regular tea bager in the city before he was arrested and imprisoned in August 2016.
“In the beginning, I was afraid of my father, but he has shown us that he is a good person.
He has been able to help us,” he said.
Aida said that he had a feeling that his father was being targeted, and that he was trying to do something to change the situation.
“Even though I feel scared, I still believe in him.
We still hope he is alive,” he added.”
We don’t know where he is.
We just know that he’s in Jerusalem.”
Quds al-Amoud, another tea bag, said he had no idea what to expect.
“You see them coming to the city with a group of people,” he explained.
“It’s normal for the people to see a group.
But there’s a group in the streets that doesn’t know what to do.
They just keep walking.
They don’t see anyone.
I don’t think they have the right to be here.
We want them to come out.”