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Danino: Mistake to allow Feiglin to visit Temple MountMatan Tzuri - Ynet - "Police commissioner slams attorney general for permitting radical right-wing elements to attempt to change `status-quo` on holy site." - id 26/11/2014
Israeli forces `detain 10-year-old Palestinian boy` in SilwanMa`an News - "The rate of child arrests is equivalent to "an average of two children each day," the UNICEF report says." - id 25/11/2014
Jerusalem posters call to ban Arab workersMairav Zonszein- +972 - "“Employed an Arab? You endangered a Jew!”" - id 25/11/2014
Netanyahu`s "battle for Jerusalem " can`t end well for any of usPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Calling Jews to put aside their little differences and take up arms for the “battle for Jerusalem” is a vision of holy war, with fascistic trimmings. The words “battle for Jerusalem” recall the Battle of Algiers in the late 1950s, a similar contest between overwhelming military force and terrorist attacks. And we know how that turned out, in a zero sum game, in which the colonizers felt they had to leave Algeria in 1962, even colonizers who’d been there several generations." ca21/11/2014
Israel summons Palestinian pathologist for questioningMa`an News Agency - "The pathologist said that the order was illegal and only a court or the general prosecutor could issued such a demand for a court session, and not a closed interrogation.Al-Aloul attended the autopsy of Yousuf Hasan al-Ramouni, 32, who was found hanged inside his bus at the Har Hotzvim terminal near Jerusalem." ca21/11/2014
380 Palestinians arrested by Israeli forces in last 20 daysMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces have detained at least 380 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank and East Jerusalem over the last three weeks, including 21 early Thursday alone.The Palestinian Prisoner`s Society said in a statement on Thursday that Israeli authorities have engaged in a wide-ranging crackdown on Palestinians that has led to the arrests of nearly 200 in East Jerusalem since the beginning of November.The startling figures come amid growing instability in Jerusalem..." ca21/11/2014
Jewish girls attack Arabs in JerusalemNoam (Dabul) Dvir - Ynet News "An Arab man claims a group of Jewish girls attacked him with pepper spray in the center of Jerusalem. The incident follows the claims of an Arab taxi driver who also claimed to have been attacked by a group of girls. The incident with the cab driver took place in the city`s King Jerusalem District Police and was, according him, nationalistically motivated...Jerusalem District Police investigated the incident and then held four girls from the settlement of Yitzhar; they were found carrying two cans of pepper spray." ca21/11/2014
A House of God no moreTalal Jabari - +972 "What is certain from the events of the past six months is that increasingly, this conflict is stripping people of their humanity — on both sides of the divide. As a human being, I find the synagogue attack unacceptable, and even more so as a Palestinian because it just feels so familiar. As I lay there in bed reading the news, I couldn’t help but remember my childhood. I thought back to the 1990 Aqsa Mosque massacre, in which tens of Palestinians were killed and injured. I thought back to the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, when an American-Israeli surgeon gunned down dozens of Muslim worshippers as they prayed." ca21/11/2014
Israel Instates Harsher Measures Isolating East JerusalemIMEMC - "The Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (ad-Dameer) has reported that the soldiers kidnapped, Tuesday, ten members of the families of Odai and Ghassan Abu Jamal, who carried out the attack against the Yeshiva earlier in the day." - id 19/11/2014
Shin Bet chief: Abbas is not inciting to terrorAttila Somfalvi - Ynet News - While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly points an accusing finger at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of Israel`s top secret security service said Tuesday he did not believe Abbas was responsible for the current round of terror and violence.-rh19/11/2014
`Home demolitions have not stopped attacks`Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - "Israel has increased its violations against al-Aqsa, and crackdowns on people on checkpoints, and through red-tape. All this leads to violence. All this pressure will ultimately lead to an explosion. As you can see, home demolitions have not stopped attacks. Violence breeds violence."-rh Israel has increased its police force exponentially in Jerusalem in the past few weeks in an attempt to curb the violence, but many Palestinians say their long-simmering frustrations over what they called Israel`s oppressive measures are finally boiling over.-rh19/11/2014
Jerusalem synagogue attack puts Israel close to brinkPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Netanyahu called the attack a “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers”. In an evening press conference he once again accused the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of stirring tension in Jerusalem, and called on the international community to express its outrage.-rh19/11/2014
How to create a terrorist : Jerusalem SkunkAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - In the A-Tur neighborhood, the police shot skunk water at four large schools, forcing the parents of 4,500 students to leave their children at home due to the unbearable smell. “It was this past Friday, at around 5:30 p.m.,” says Khader Abu Sabitan, a member of the parents’ committee in the neighborhood. “I was on the road and saw them pass with their machine, and saw how they began shooting water at the school. I’m telling you – there was nothing there. It is Friday at 5:30 in the evening, and there was no one in the school or on the streets. Nothing. Everyone was home. They went to all four schools in the neighborhood, shot the water, and left.”-rh19/11/2014
Right-wing Protesters Attack Art Talk in JerusalemYonatan Amir & Ronen Eidelman - Hyperallergic - The night of the event, Monday, November 10, there were roughly 50 people inside to attend our event, while others were left outside after the guards locked the gates as a safety precaution. When police arrived, they recognized some of the protesters — and they suspected things may turn violent — so the police officers stayed at the scene and called for backup.-rh19/11/2014
Tense calm continues at Al-AqsaDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With age restrictions dropped, 40,000 Palestinians were allowed into Al-Aqsa Mosque that Friday. A few young people were ordered to temporarily surrender their ID cards to ensure that they wouldn’t participate in any violent demonstrations afterward.-rh 19/11/2014
Conflicting reports on death of Palestinian found hangedMairav Zonszein - +972 - "...past experience proves there is no reason for Palestinians to trust the Israeli authorities. Quite the contrary. Both the police and the military often ignore complaints from Palestinians, and almost always fail to prosecute." - id19/11/2014
Settlers spit on Abu Khdeir family as they exit court; alleged killer refuses to enter plea Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Abu Khdeir’s alleged murderers were in court today for a second pre-trial. All three defendants were supposed to enter pleas. In the session the self-proclaimed ringleader of the group, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 29, refused to cooperate. His lawyer told the judge he could not give a statement on guilt on behalf of his client, as was the case in the last pre-trial in October. Today, the delay was because Ben-David is no longer speaking.-rh 19/11/2014
PHOTOS: Palestinians build a bridge over the separation wallActivestills - "Some 50 Palestinian and international activists used two make-shift bridges to cross the separation wall between Qalandiya and northern Jerusalem Friday morning. They also cut razor wire adjacent to the wall.The non-violent direct action was in protest of the restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque that Israel places on Palestinians from the West Bank." ca 15/11/2014
Kerry meets Abbas as Israeli-Palestinian tensions soarMa`an News Agency - "The meeting in Amman came hours after fresh clashes broke out in East Jerusalem where Israeli police fired tear gas, percussion bombs and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators. Months-long unrest in annexed East Jerusalem has in recent days spread to the occupied West Bank and Palestinian communities across Israel." ca14/11/2014
Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis protest collective punishment in East JerusalemMoriel Rothman-Zecher - +972 "The demonstration yesterday began at 4:00 p.m., and was guarded by dozens of Border Police officers dressed in riot gear and armed with tear gas, rubber bullets and other crowd dispersal measures. Some of the officers were mounted on horseback, and behind them a “skunk” vehicle loomed." ca14/11/2014
Israeli ministers pass bill jailing stone throwers for 20 yearsRT - Government ministers in Israel have voted to increase penalties ten-fold on people convicted of throwing stones at vehicles from two to 20 years, in a move designed to deal with a wave of violence that has hit some of Jerusalem’s Arab districts.-rh12/11/2014
WATCH: `There`s no peace in Jerusalem`Social TV - +972 - "You see the wall there - they have nowhere to go." - id12/11/2014
Israeli forces order arrest of a 2-year-old child from JerusalemPNN - Palestine News Network - "The family denied the order, when an Israeli occupation intelligence officer stormed into their house, kidnapped another son of the Family, Mohammad, and stole three computers." - id 12/11/2014
Jerusalem family’s home destroyed by Israel for second time in two yearsBudour Youssef Hassan - The Electronic Intifada - ""I feel that here in Silwan, we are left alone, fighting Israel on our own. Everyone pays lip service to Jerusalem, but on the ground, no one is really doing anything for us. And to tell you that my economic situation is rough is an understatement."" - id 12/11/2014
Solidarity tour: `Isawya is a calm village, don`t make it lose its calm` / hands off al-aqsa 11/11/2014
Isawya is a calm village, don`t make it lose its calm!"Free Jerusalem" - (...) main entrances to the village have been blocked and regular citizens are being attacked by noise-bombs, tear gas and `Skunk`. Also, many minors have been arrested.11/11/2014
Police blame violence on rightwing MKs` Temple Mount visitOmri Efraim - Ynet - "Repeated attempts by members of Knesset to reach the Temple Mount is a provocation that incites Palestinians` to respond and significantly and unequivocally increases tensions in the Temple Mount and the capital," a senior police official told Ynet as clashes between security forces and Arabs and Palestinians continue. [bz] 11/11/2014
Settlers Attempt To Occupy A Building In SilwanIMEMC News - "Israeli settlers attempted, just before midnight Sunday, to occupy a vacant Palestinian building in the central neighborhood of Silwan town, south of the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem" [ry]10/11/2014
Jerusalem a city on edge as tensions spiralYolande Knell--Confrontations between young Palestinians throwing stones and armed Israeli police are now an almost daily occurrence in Shuafat in East Jerusalem. The residential streets around the house of Hussein Abu Khdeir, through which the city`s tramline passes, are regularly transformed into a battleground. dn 9/11/2014
Netanyahu may go down in history as prime minister who lost JerusalemShimon Shiffer - Ynet - On Wednesday, Netanyahu lashed out at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas again, accusing him of incitement. But conversations with senior European diplomats, who are monitoring the situation in Jerusalem with a lot of concern, reveal that Europe and the United States mainly hold the Israeli side fully responsible for the deterioration due to, among other things, the announcement of construction plans within Palestinian population centers in East Jerusalem and what appears as a change in the status quo in the city`s holy sites. [bz]8/11/2014
Palestinian Survives A Ramming Attack Near BethlehemIMEMC & Agencies - "The farmer, identified as Mohannad Sa’ad Salah, was trying to cross bypass road #60 when a settler shifted his vehicle towards him and tried to run him over...Last Month, a Palestinian child identified as Enas Dar Khalil, 5 years of age, was killed after an Israeli settler rammed her and her friend with his car and fled the scene." 7/11/2014
PEACE BUS ACTION PLAN November 5 - November 12Peace Bus Project - "This Friday, at 9am, we plan to visit the Makassed Hospital of the Red Cross in East Jerusalem, Mountain of Olives, and to meet Palestinians from Gaza, to understand their needs and with help of our supporters to buy goods for them (budget 7000 NIS), which is most needed. We will have translators from Arabic to Hebrew and English. The meeting point is Damascus Gate, Old City, Jerusalem, 8:30 am, from there we will take off to the Makassed Hospital." ca7/11/2014
Police detain employees union officialsMa`an News Agency - "Zakarneh and the union had recently called for strikes to protest the government`s "failure to meet the union`s demands." The official is frequently at odds with the Ramallah-based authorities over labor disputes." ca 7/11/2014
USAID Provides $100m to PA, Settlements Condemned InternationallyIMEMC News & Agencies - "WAFA reports that, in a ceremony at the Office of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara, U.S. Consul General, Michael Ratney, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden announced the U.S contribution to the PA... Today`s transfer will be used to directly pay for fuel purchases and support of six hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem, allowing them to continue to provide critical services to the public." ca 7/11/2014
7 Birzeit students injured in clashes with Israeli forces near OferMa`an News Agency - "Sources at Birzeit University told Ma`an that the Student Union suspended classes in the morning and organized a large rally in the center of campus opposing Israeli attempts to divide the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem into Jewish and Muslim sections." ca 7/11/2014
East Jerusalem – A Socioeconomic DisasterWAC-MAAN and Ir Amim - n occupied East Jerusalem (EJ) reside 300,200 Palestinians, 37% of Jerusalem’s population. Of them, 77% are beneath the poverty line (according to figures of Israel’s National Insurance Institute). The Separation Barrier (SB), which runs through EJ, cuts whole neighborhoods off from municipal services. On the side of the SB that does get services, there is a severe housing shortage, and on the side that doesn’t, construction is wild and unsupervised. This reality has brought the outside-SB neighborhoods to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.-rh5/11/2014
‘There’s no such thing as illegal houses, there is such thing as racist laws`: Israelis demonstrate against collective punishment in East JerusalemSarah Levy - Mondoweiss - About 80 Israelis rallied last Wednesday night outside of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat’s house, chanting and banging drums in protest against the intensified attack on East Jerusalem that has taken place over the last week and to demand an end to what they call the policy of collective punishment toward the residents of East Jerusalem.-rh 5/11/2014
History shows current Jerusalem crisis not its lastDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The closing of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israelis seems to be in line with the objective of a radical Jewish group to build a third temple in Jerusalem and replace the Jordanian authority at the compound.-rh 5/11/2014
Army Denies Hundreds Of Worshipers Access To The Al-Aqsa MosqueReport - IMEMC - "Israeli fanatics are planning to invade the mosque area in large numbers, Wednesday, while the Palestinians said they would be countering the attack." - id5/11/2014
APN to Netanyahu, Obama: Stop East Jerusalem Settlement ConstructionManaging Editor - The Arab Daily News - "We call on President Obama to go beyond condemnations and make clear to Netanyahu that halting settlement activity – particularly at this sensitive time – is necessary for de-escalating tensions in Jerusalem." - id 5/11/2014
War in JerusalemAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "On the Israeli TV news last night commentators said that it had been a relatively calm day in East Jerusalem, but reporters from the ground brought footage of confrontations and shooting and clouds of tear gas over the alleys of the Old City." - id 5/11/2014
Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes in SilwanMa`an - One building belonged to former Palestinian prisoner Khalil Abu Rajab, who told Ma`an Israeli troops and intelligence officers escorted bulldozers to the Wadi Yasoul area and proceeded to knock down the walls of the building without allowing the family to remove property. The demolition came without any prior notice, while his lawyer had been trying to obtain the proper license for the building.[bz]4/11/2014
Timeline: Al-Aqsa mosqueDalia Hatuqa and Mohsin Ali - AlJazeera - A review of the critical events that have marked the history of al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem [ry]3/11/2014
Far-right Israeli MP visits al-Aqsa compound, defying NetanyahuLuke Baker - Yahoo!News - "A far-right politician who wants Jews to be allowed to pray at Jerusalem`s al-Aqsa compound visited the site on Sunday, defying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s calls for restraint after clashes [...] between Israeli police and Palestinians" [ry]3/11/2014
Victory for al Quds!Ahmad Jaradat - AC - Gaza Strip and the West Bank rise up in solidarity with Jerusalem [ry]3/11/2014
Under U.S. pressure, Netanyahu calls for restraint on Temple MountBarak Ravid--Prime minister urges Israeli parliamentarians to show `responsibility and restraint.` dn2/11/2014
The Jerusalem paradox in the heart of Israel Avraham Burg--Jerusalem is not only Israel’s vibrant capital, it’s also the precise hub of the internal contradiction and self-deception of the political formulas pushing Israel firmly toward strategic non-existence. dn1/11/2014
Protest march planned for Qalandia on SundayMa`an - "The march is planned for 1:00 pm and organizers say they plan to protest against the closure of the mosque imposed by Israeli authorities, as well as broader issues of Jewish-only settlement expansion in the West Bank and the "Judaization" of Jerusalem." - id 31/10/2014
Funeral Of Slain Man Held Under Strict Security Measures In JerusalemReport - IMEMC - "Despite the extensive presence of soldiers and police officers, and the tight siege, more than 300 Palestinians managed to break through the barricades, and attended the funeral and burial of the slain Palestinian." - id 31/10/2014
Israeli President’s Diagnosis — ‘Israel is a Sick Society’Philip Weiss - Information Clearing House - “The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,” he said. “We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn’t skip any arena. There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the academia. There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools.”-rh 30/10/2014
Neglect, provocation feed East Jerusalem unrestShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - “NGOs like Lehava, El’ad and Ateret Cohanim buy houses in sensitive, even strategic, areas of the neighborhood. Even when the purchase is legal, members of these NGOs move into the houses with great fanfare and parades, irritating the Arab residents with provocations, that here they come to ‘Jewify’ Arab Silwan.-rh 30/10/2014
Also Nov. 5 - demo: stop collective punishment in East Jerusalem! 29/10/2014
Al-Aqsa’s women resistDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "They are mostly older women, mothers with grown children and many grandmothers who have taken it upon themselves to protect the mosque compound from Jewish worshipers simply with their physical presence. The women, commonly referred to as murabitat (roughly translated, steadfast) basically hold group classes in the mosque courtyards and keep an eye on Jewish extremists attempting to pray." ca 29/10/2014
Jerusalem is BurningMichel Warschawski - Alternative Information Center "The last provocations in al Aqsa may well have been one step too far: in the last few weeks, the Palestinian population of Jerusalem is in a state of revolt, and Jerusalem a city at war; a low intensity war, but a war. The Palestinians are demonstrating to defend their holy site, and ready to confront Israeli police brutality in order to stop the new Israeli aggression. Hundreds of armed policemen brutally attack young demonstrators, tear gas, helicopters permanently flying over the city - but every day Palestinian mobilisation is gaining more momentum." ca29/10/2014
Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid, Awaits the UprisingGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - When the next wave of terror emerges from the alleys of East Jerusalem, Israelis will pretend to be astonished and furious. But the truth must be told: Despite Wednesday’s shocking incident, the Palestinians are turning out to be one of the most tolerant nations in history. Mass arrests, violent settlers, deprivation, expulsion, neglect, dispossession — and they remain silent, except for the recent protest of the stones.-rh 29/10/2014
Government must take responsibility for Jerusalem terrorShimon Shiffer - Ynet News - I would like to suggest that all those who are responding, from the prime minister to the very last minister, stop babbling. Take responsibility.-rh 29/10/2014
Official: Unilateral Israeli actions will lead to `explosion`Ma`an News Agency - "The announcement by Israel`s housing minister, Uri Ariel, who is already a settler, of his intent to occupy a seized Palestinian home in Silwan is just another shocking reminder of Israel`s accelerating efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians from Jerusalem and turn the Holy City of three faiths into an exclusive Jewish city."... Erekat also urged divestment from all companies linked directly or indirectly to the "Israeli occupation, colonization, and Apartheid policies." ca 29/10/2014
Netanyahu goes toe-to-toe with US, EU over criticism of Jerusalem construction Herb Keinon - Jpost - “I heard the claim that our building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant, but it is the criticism itself that makes peace more distant.” [bz]28/10/2014
1,060 East Jerusalem Settlement Units Ordered by NetanyahuIMEMC - Earlier this month, the Israeli government already approved the building of 2,600 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, a move criticized by US officials in that the plan would ‘poison the atmosphere’. [bz]28/10/2014
900 Palestinians Detained in East Jerusalem Alternative Information Center - IMEMC - Israel has detained 900 Palestinians from East Jerusalem and pressed charges against 300 of them since the July 2 murder of East Jerusalem teen Mohammad Abu Khdeir, according to Israel`s public security minister as reported by the settler-affiliated news site Arutz 7. [bz]28/10/2014
Rising tensions in SilwanElior Levy - Ynet - "While the amount of settlers here increases, so is Hamas` popularity," K. explains. "The Hamas men come to children and tell them: `Look at the Israelis taking our lands,` and that`s how they convince them that violent resistance against Israel is the best solution. Israel`s giving terrorism a reason to grow." [bz] 28/10/2014
Official: Unilateral Israeli actions will lead to `explosion`Ma`an News Agency - "Palestinian officials strongly condemned Israel on Monday after it announced plans for 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem" [ry]27/10/2014
“Jerusalem: There is no intifada”Connie Hackbarth - (AIC) - While Israeli police commander Ahron Aksol tells the Israeli press there is no intifada in Jerusalem, reality tells another story. Clashes erupted throughout East Jerusalem over the weekend, while an additional 1,000 Israeli police and special forces have been deployed to the city to deal with the non-intifada. Israel blames Hamas and not its ongoing occupation for the “undermining of a sense of security” in Jerusalem [ry]27/10/2014
Israeli Government Completes Plan to Impose Sovereignty on Area CIMEMC - "According to Israeli sources, the state has completed a plan, in the works since April of 2013, to impose its sovereignty over occupied Area C.Local sources say that Israel intends to put this plan into effect in November, to coincide with the Palestinian efforts in the United Nations." ca 24/10/2014
Jerusalem is divided, and Netanyahu remains out of touchBarak Ravid - Haaretz "The prime minister sees the incidents happening in Jerusalem purely as a security problem – disturbances of the peace that must be suppressed, terrorist attacks that must be thwarted. His solutions begin and end with using force – more policemen, more Border Police units, more involvement by the Shin Bet security service, more arrests. But all these are liable to lead only to an even more serious escalation, and cause the violence to spread to the West Bank to boot." ca24/10/2014
Jerusalem`s `silent intifada`Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor "Right now, the situation in Jerusalem is extremely volatile and sensitive. As noted here quite a few times before, the ultimate evil — should it occur — will start here. Radicals from all sides are drawn to Jerusalem like a moth to a flame.It’s a pity that only the radicals in these volatile places get to speak up, while the silent majority on both sides looks at them helplessly." ca 24/10/2014
Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot Ma`an News Agency - An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.-rh23/10/2014
Israeli settlers criticised for overnight move into hotly disputed East JerusalemBEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - Last month Jewish settlers took over six properties in another area of Silwan, in the biggest settler acquisition in the neighbourhood since Jews began moving there two decades ago. The White House called the move a provocation, but the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the settlement is just a question of Jews being able to buy property in Israel’s capital.-rh23/10/2014
Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killersAllison Deger - Mondoweiss -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances.-rh23/10/2014
Palestinians `throw Molotovs` at new Silwan settler homesMa`an - The building was one of two structures housing 10 apartments that were taken over by Jewish settlers before dawn on Monday. Ateret Cohanim, a right-wing Israeli organization aiming to increase the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, said the acquisitions would double the number of Jews living in that part of Silwan. Earlier this week, President Reuven Rivlin spoke out against such deals conducted between Palestinian sellers and extreme right-wing groups: "Jerusalem cannot be a city in which building is done in secret or where moving into apartments is done in the dead of night." [bz]21/10/2014
Israeli forces demolish 3 Jerusalem houses, leaving 23 homelessMa`an - Al-Zari said the houses and structures were built in the 80s, and that the family had been attempting to obtain the necessary permits and licenses from the Israeli civil administration for years. He said the family had paid over 150,000 shekels (about $40,000) for lawyers and engineers in order to escape demolition, "but to no avail." [bz]21/10/2014
Bad policies in east Jerusalem Anat Ben-Nun - The Jerusalem Post - The entry of settlers to Silwan was a highly political move, an attempt to change the status quo in Jerusalem by altering the character of the Arab neighborhood [ry]20/10/2014
Nine more Jewish families take over Silwan homes in dead of nightMairav Zonszein - +972 - If settling Jews beyond the Green Line in Palestinian East Jerusalem is legitimate, why are organizations sneaking in settlers in the middle of the night? [ry]20/10/2014
Meaningless dispute between Obama, NetanyahuHolger Hennies - AIC - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon added his condemnation last week of Israeli plans to expand the East Jerusalem settlement of Givat Hamatos, plans which sparked a very public spat between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama [ry]20/10/2014
Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain Palestinian ChildIMEMC - In the central West Bank village of Beit Laqiya, this Friday, thousands of people attended the funeral of 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Thursday. Further restrictions imposed on al-Aqsa Mosque have forced thousands of people into the streets of occupied East Jerusalem for Friday prayer. [bz]18/10/2014
Armed Israeli settlers attack Jerusalem home celebrating Hajj returnMa`an News Agency - " Armed Jewish settlers on Thursday attacked a Palestinian home in the al-Suwanna neighborhood on the Mount of Olives east of the Old City of Jerusalem, removing banners celebrating the return of a family member from the Hajj pilgrimage." ca 17/10/2014
Facing increased right-wing violence, Israeli leftists learn to fight backHaggai Matar - +972 "Last Thursday, around 200 of them gathered in Zion Square to stand up to the violence...“It was the most significant left-wing event in Jerusalem since the protests in Sheikh Jarrah,” one veteran activist said." ca17/10/2014
PHOTOS: Protests in Jerusalem over Aqsa Mosque closuresOren Ziv - Activestills - "Several members of Knesset join protests against heightened restrictions on Muslim access to the holy site while Jewish visits by right-wing activists increase due to Jewish holy days...Anger in East Jerusalem is rising, a local journalist explained to +972, over the combination of the fact that police have been permitting Jews to enter the holy site, which most Palestinians view as a provocation, while at the same time making harsher the restrictions on Muslims who may pray there. " ca 17/10/2014
A House-by-House Struggle for Control of a Jerusalem NeighborhoodISABEL KERSHNER - NYT - "Through a multimillion-dollar series of complex and shadowy transactions spanning several years, Elad engineered the largest private settlement initiative in decades." - id 16/10/2014
Hundreds of Israelis enter Aqsa under armed guardMaan - "Clashes broke out at the chain gate leading to the mosque as worshipers were prevented from entering. Locals said a group of settlers assaulted a Palestinian woman in the area." - id 15/10/2014
Extremist settler Moshe Feiglin, Likud MK, allowed to invade Al Aqsa CompoundSaeb Erakat - PLO Negotiations Aairs Department - As instructed by The Israeli Government, Israeli Police in Occupied East Jerusalem allowed settler Moshe Feiglin - Likud Knesset Member living in the illegal settlement of Karnei Shomron - to invade Al Aqsa compound, the third holiest site in Islam and a symbol for all Palestinians, in company with other Israeli extremists. This is an extremely provocative action, especially considering Feiglin`s inflammatory statements such as his call during the recent bombings to evict Palestinians from Gaza and settle Jews in their place, and such statements as "You can`t teach a monkey to speak and you can`t teach an Arab to be democratic. You`re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar." ak14/10/2014
Clashes outside of Jerusalem`s al Aqsa mosqueAIC - "Israeli media reports that after invading the Haram al Sharif compound, home of the al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques, police discovered rocks, firebombs and fireworks the suspects had allegedly collected to attack Israeli police and Jewish visitors to the area. Police said they removed barricades set up around al Aqsa and, using `riot control measures`, pushed the Palestinians into the mosque before locking them inside" [ry]13/10/2014
Four officers injured in Temple Mount clashesElior Levy - Ynet - "Visits to the Temple Mount compound by Jews and tourists continued as usual. Israel Police said it would "continue to operate and show zero tolerance towards any attempt to break the peace, and will operate to stop the rioters and prosecute them to the full extent of the law."" - id 8/10/2014
Formula 1 promo de-Arabizes Jerusalem skylineEldad Brin - +972 - "What symbolizes Jerusalem? What does the typical Jerusalem skyline look like? Well, from left to right we have the Chords Bridge, the Montifiori Windmill, the Tower of David, the Jerusalem City Tower, and all the way to the right we see the new arena – a rather recent creation that by no means constitutes a remarkable architectural icon. What is missing from the skyline? There are no churches, or at least none that we can identify. There is no Al-Aqsa Mosque. And worst of all: Where did the Dome of the Rock, the ultimate Jerusalem icon, disappear to?" - id 8/10/2014
5 Quotes About “United Jerusalem” That Will Help You Understand the Recent Takeover in SilwanMoriel Rothman-Zecher - The Leftern Wall - From ELAD to Arieh King to “Kendall/Kendal Finances” to MK Yogev to Rehavam Ze’evi and onward to so many more governmental, quasi-governmental and governmentally-sanctioned individuals and organizations, the plan for Jerusalem (and most of the West Bank, too) has, both in theory and praxis, been one of “Judaization” and transfer, “voluntary” or otherwise. [bz]7/10/2014
Israeli Rightists Tour Aqsa under armed guardMa`an News Agency - "The director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque told Ma`an that 84 Israeli rightists entered the compound at 7:30 a.m. via the Moroccan Gate and performed religious rituals.He called on Palestinians to be present at the compound to prevent Israeli plans to change the status quo." ca 2/10/2014
In Silwan, the settlers are winning - big timeYonathan Mizrachi - +972 - Seven years of struggle and Silwan’s residents can’t claim even one tangible and clear victory. Not one home has been returned to its original residents, not one settler has left and the police and Israeli authorities continue to target Palestinian residents.-rh2/10/2014
The illusion of religious freedom in JerusalemOrly Noy - +972 - "The daily reality that the occupation brings to the Old City of Jerusalem is not that of free men of different religions who have unhindered access to their holy places; it is a reality of structured conflict between occupiers and the occupied." - id 1/10/2014
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