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Thieves in the nightGush Shalom - All this happened on Holocaust Memorial Day. Not that the thieves saw anything wrong with that… [bz]14/4/2021
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PODCAST: Will this Palestinian matriarch get to keep her Jerusalem home?Unsettled - +972 - Amal Sumarin has been fighting Jewish settlement and a discriminatory legal system for years. An Israeli court may decide her family`s fate next month [ry] 5/4/2021
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The Nakba of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel Uses ‘the Law’ to Ethnically Cleanse East JerusalemRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "While the Israeli State claims to play an impartial role in this scheme, it is actually the facilitator of the entire process. The final outcome manifests in the ever-predictable scene, where an Israeli flag is triumphantly hoisted over a Palestinian home and a Palestinian family is assigned an UN-supplied tent and a few blankets" [ry]29/3/2021
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Jerusalem Residents to Vote in Palestinian Elections by PostPalestine Chronicle - "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser on international and foreign relations, Nabil Shaath, said any Israeli objection would be unacceptable. `We will face it by all means,` Shaath said" [ry] 15/3/2021
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Occupation forces detain four Palestinians, injure one with gunfire near JerusalemWAFAS News Agency - JERUSALEM, Sunday, March 14, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces last night detained four Palestinians and injured another one with gunfire during raids in occupied Jerusalem and neighboring villages, according to local sources and witnesses. Heavily armed Israeli police officers stormed the neighborhoods of al-Isawiya and al-Tour in the occupied capital, where they detained four Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes. Among the detainees was a 17-year-old minor identified as Ibrahim Huneti. Meanwhile, an Israeli occupation army force raided the village of Hizma, northeast of Jerusalem on the West Bank side of the Israeli segregation barrier, and clashed with local residents. A protester was reportedly shot and injured by a live gunshot in his thigh bone fired at home by Israeli soldiers. In the meantime, Israeli occupation soldiers physically assaulted and briefly detained a Palestinian from the village of Kifl Haris, north of the occupied West Bank city of Salfit. Witnesses told WAFA that Israeli soldiers assaulted Mr. Nabil Ebeid near the Kifl Haris square, just outside the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel The soldiers reportedly attempted to falsely accuse Ebeid of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack against them in order to justify the assault, before letting him go.(rh) 14/3/2021
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Israeli police arrests former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Ikrima SabriAl-jazeera - Israeli police and intelligence teams surrounded the home of Ikrima Sabri, former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and ordered him to come with them. No reason was given for the detention. Sabi is involved in an ongoing, escalating confrontation with the Israeli authorities, who accuse him of "incitement" and have banned him form entering and preaching at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sabri believes that the authorities dislike his ongoing confrontation with Israeli extreme right Messianist group who demand Jewish prayer in the Haram A Sharif Compound (Temple Mount in Jewish tradition), as a preliminary to rebuliding there the Jewish Temple. The incursions of such groups are on the increase. The detention of Sabri coincided with 66 of them invading Haram a Sharif, under protection of the Israeli police, headed by the famous (notorious to Muslims) Rabbi Yehdua Glick. [ak]11/3/2021
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Palestinian Dies in Fire After Israeli Forces Detain Firetruck at CheckpointIMEMC - 34-year old Ahmad Dola, his wife and two-month old infant were sleeping in their home at Kafr Aqab, the northernmost neighborhood of East Jerusalem, when a fire started in the house. Neighbors called the Palestinian Fire Brigade, whose firetruck deployed immediately after receiving the call - but despite clearly being in emergency mode with sirens and lights, it was blocked by the Israeli soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint ahd held there for half an hour. By the time it was allowed to proceed, it was too late: the house had burned down, Ahmad Dola was dead - having managed to extricate his wife and child and then died from inhaling smoke. The problem is that Kafr Aqab is in an anomalous position - annexed to Israel in 1967 and therefore considered part of Israeli Jerusalem, entry to which is subject to stringent searches at the checkpoint - but in practice given up by the Israeli municipal authorities and getting no services. Years ago the idea was raised of giving of giving Kafr Aqab its own fire station - but it never happened. [ak]11/3/2021
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Jerusalem Section of al-Walajeh under Threat of Forced DisplacementIr Amim and Bimkom - Alert - Israel has been gradually confiscating al-Walajeh lands and detaching it from the Palestinian space around it. While its northern segment is situated within the Jerusalem municipal borders, the construction of the Separation Barrier between 2010 and 2017 around three sides of the village turned it into a nearly isolated enclave. The barrier severed it from the rest of the city, while likewise separating it from some 1200 dunams of the village`s agricultural lands now located on the Israeli side of the barrier. In tandem, these lands were declared by the Israeli Authorities as the Nahal Refaim National Park, a form of “touristic settlement,” which would serve to create Israeli territorial contiguity between Jerusalem and the Har Gilo settlement (part of the Gush Etzion bloc), constituting another link in the de facto annexation of "Greater Jerusalem." [bz]11/3/2021
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Can Silwan’s rekindled protests beat back Israel’s eviction threats?Oren Ziv - +972 - A Palestinian activist feels energized by Israeli activists joining the neighborhood`s struggle. Still, there is little hope that the courts will stop the settlers` eviction campaign. The Legal and Administrative Matters Law of 1970 stipulates that Jews who owned property in East Jerusalem and lost it during and following the 1948 war can demand it back from the Custodian General. Meanwhile the Absentees’ Property Law of 1950 decrees that Palestinians who fled or were expelled during the 1948 would not be entitled to return to the properties they lost in the exact same war... [bz] 3/3/2021
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