The 26-year-old criminal defense attorney says the iconic image captures the aspirations of his generation.
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Palestine lawyer tackles photo of tear gas kickOne of the most memorable images of the current Israeli-Palestinian confrontations shows a young Palestinian lawyer in dark shades, a suit and formal legal robe as he kicks away an Israeli tear gas canister, his legs flying high above billowing white gas.Hasan Ajaj, the lawyer, believes the Oct. 12 image by Associated Press photographer Majdi Mohammad – with more than 1.8 million views on one photo-sharing site alone – also resonated because his spontaneous act of defiance expressed the extent of Palestinian frustration.Many Palestinians say five decades of Israeli occupation hover like a dark cloud over every part of life, with Israeli restrictions imposed on even the most mundane activities people elsewhere take for granted, such as being able to drive to a beach or fly from the nearest airport.Since then, 11 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, and 68 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including 42 said by Israel to have been involved in attacks or attempted attacks.
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