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Israel advances plans in sensitive East Jerusalem settlementAl Jazeera - Settlement watchdog says the Israel Land Authority opened tenders for more than 1,200 new homes in East Jerusalem [ry] 16/11/2020
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Destroying Palestinian Jerusalem, One Institution at a TimeYara Hawari - Al-Shabaka - On July 22, 2020, Israeli police raided and looted the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, the Yaboos Cultural Centre, and the Shafaq Cultural Network in East Jerusalem under the pretext that the institutions were funding terrorism. The institutions’ directors were also arrested and detained. These attacks on Palestinian cultural centers are not new and reflect the Israeli state’s continued systematic destruction of Palestinian Jerusalem. Jerusalem has historically been central to Palestinian social and political identity. But since its capture and division into an Israeli-controlled West and a Jordanian-controlled East in 1948, Israel has thoroughly obscured Jerusalem’s Palestinian identity with ethnic cleansing campaigns and an ongoing occupation that renders life unbearable for the city’s Palestinians. Indeed, since East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967, the Israeli regime has actively worked to erase the Palestinian presence in the city through the construction of the separation wall, the imposition of unworkable residency requirements, urban planning schemes that demolish and replace Palestinian structures, and frequent closures of Palestinian cultural and political institutions.(rh)8/11/2020
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Ashrawi: US decision to label Jerusalem as Israel is attempt to erase PalestiniansWafa News Agency- Following is the full statement by Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: "The US State Department`s new decision to allow the labeling of Jerusalem as part of Israel in official US documents is a falsification of the City´s history and identity, in line with Israeli criminality and lawlessness. It is also a continuation of this administration`s sinister scramble to compound injustice and create new oppressive facts in Palestine ahead of upcoming elections. This decision comes while Israel is taking unprecedented illegal measures to displace and replace Palestinians in Jerusalem, including home demolitions, exile orders, and revoking the ID`s of Palestinians. By adopting this measure, the US administration is also retroactively recognizing other illegal Israeli actions, including the ethnic cleansing of West Jerusalem and the grand theft of Palestinian property. This is an affront to the City`s history and identity. It is also a clear violation of UN resolutions 181 II (1948) and 194 III (1948), which affirmed the status of the whole city of Jerusalem as Corpus separatum, as well as UN General Assembly resolution 303 IV (1949) and others that affirmed the inviolability of Jerusalem`s status. (rh 1/11/2020
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Destroying Palestinian Jerusalem, One Institution at a Time Yara Hawari - Al Shabaka - The Israeli state has actively sought to destroy Palestinian Jerusalem since its creation in 1948. Al- Shabaka’s Senior Palestine Policy Fellow, Yara Hawari, examines the July 2020 attacks on three Palestinian cultural institutions in East Jerusalem as part of the Israeli regime’s systematic destruction of the city’s Palestinian identity. She offers policy recommendations for protecting Jerusalem’s Palestinian cultural and political institutions. (rh) 1/11/2020
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Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem intends to demolish 13 Palestinians houses in East JerusalemWAFA - The municipality ordered the demolition of the houses under the pretext they were built without a permit, but there are in the same area of Silwan equally unauthorized houses taken over and illegally inhabited by Israeli settlers, but none of them received demolition orders... [bz]20/10/2020
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Palestinians confront Emirati delegation at Al-Aqsa Aaron Boxerman - Times of Israel - Members of an Emirati agricultural delegation, arrived in Israel to accelerate the implementation of the Normalization Agreement, decided to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In marked contrast to the Israeli media and political establishment hailing their "historical" visit, Palestinian at Al-Aqsa were far from welcoming. strongly hostile.In videos of the delegation’s arrival at the mosque, circulated widely on Palestinian social media, a Palestinian at the scene is heard shouting “Trash, trash!” at the Emiratis, and another one telling them to “leave, go on, get out.” Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called the Emiratis` visit “saddening" and stated “One ought to enter the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by way of its owners, rather than through the gates of the occupation”. The incidents might be the harbingers of what would happen at Al-Aqsa should large-scale pilgrimage from the Gulf start, a possibility mentioned by President Trump at the singing ceremony a few weeks ago. [ak] 20/10/2020
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Settlement Under the Guise of Tourism: The Elad Settler Organization in SilwanPeace Now - Tourism and archaeology have become central to Elad’s operations and they in fact constitute another type of settlement. In addition to the legitimacy that the tourism enterprise provides Elad, it also allows Elad to change the facts on the ground, making Silwan much more “Israeli.” Through tourism, Elad is able to bring hundreds of thousands of Israelis as visitors to Silwan and tell the story of the area as they see it. bz13/10/2020
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Israel to put temporary freeze on demolitions in East JerusalemYUMNA PATEL - Mondoweiss - According to Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, the Israeli government will be freezing demolitions “across the country,” a move that the government had reportedly taken at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis back in March. After COVID-19 death rates declined inside Israel during the summer months, Adalah noted that Israel “amped” its demolitions of Palestinian homes back up. Following a letter to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, sent by Adalah Attorney Suhad Bishara, “demanding an immediate halt to Israel’s accelerated policy of home demolitions” in East Jerusalem, the Israeli Justice Ministry announced it would “adjust” the policy to reflect the actions taken back in March./After re-examining things – and given the restrictions recently imposed by the government following the further spread of COVID-19 –it has been decided at this stage, to adjust the enforcement policy of planning and construction offenses to align with the state of emergency, similar to the policy decided upon in March 2020,” the ministry said.(rh)6/10/2020
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Palestinians face constant COVID-19 testing shortage YUMNA PATEL - Mondoweiss - As the coronavirus continues to spread across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), local news this week was inundated with warnings of testing kit shortages in the West Bank and Gaza, the latter of which has seen a worrying spike in cases recently. The Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kalia told the Voice of Palestine radio on Tuesday that Israel “obstructed” the entry of 100,000 COVID-19 testing swabs that were destined for the West Bank in coordination with the United Nations (UN). As a result, she said, the MOH will only have enough swabs to last them for three days, after which time the West Bank would run out of the testing kits. (rh)6/10/2020
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