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Israel demolishes 11 Palestinian homes, more destroyed this year than last AP & AFP - Ynet - "Israeli authorities did not respond to requests for information on the demolitions." - id 27/7/2016
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Palestinian woman shot at checkpoint Maureen Clare Murphy - Rights and Accountability - "A police spokesperson told the Ma’an News Agency that the shooters were security guards, suggesting it may have been civilian contractors who wounded the young woman." - id 27/7/2016
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Israel to Expand Settlement Housing in Jerusalem with 770 UnitsIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli District Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem has deposited a plan for the construction of 770 new settlement units between the illegal settlement of Gilo and the West Bank village of Beit Jala, according to the PNN" [ry] 25/7/2016
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Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child Near Jerusalem IMEMC News - "Mohammad Sidqy at-Tibakhi, only 12 years of age, was shot in the chest, and died of his serious wounds at the Palestine Medical Complex, in Ramallah." - id 20/7/2016
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City of fearJalal Abukhater - EI - "A few days ago, I was driving through Qalandiya checkpoint for the first time since I came back to Jerusalem. My dad, sitting next to me, had to yell `stop here!` at me as I was queuing behind a car at the checkpoint" “You’re too close,” he said, “stop and wait for them to call you, otherwise they’ll shoot you and not even care.”[ry] 18/7/2016
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300 Gazans travel to Jerusalem for Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa MosqueMa`an News Agency - "Hundreds of Palestinians from the besieged Gaza Strip travelled to occupied East Jerusalem via the Erez crossing between the small enclave and Israel to perform Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to sources at the Palestinian liaison officials." ca15/7/2016
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Israeli police initiate ‘friction activity’ on quiet streets in East Jerusalem Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - An internal Jerusalem police department report reveals Israeli border police “initiated friction activity” to deliberately provoke violence in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, according to Haaretz.-rh13/7/2016
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Soldiers Demolish Sheds, Farm, Walls And Car Repair Facility In Anata IMEMC - "The soldiers also closed several agricultural roads, especially in al-Fheidat and al-Boheira areas, in Anata, after installing sand hills to completely block any access to new construction sites in Anata." - id 13/7/2016
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House demolitions in Qalandia refugee campAlternative Information Center - VIDEO "Israeli forces entered the refugee camp with 70 military vehicles and shot live ammunition, rubber coated bullets, sound grenades and tear gas at locals. Four Palestinians were injured and two were arrested. The homes belonged to the families of Issa Assaf and Annan Abu Habsa. Both men were shot dead in December after allegedly attacking Israelis in Jerusalem...The Israeli government stopped punitive house demolitions in 2005, admitting they were ineffective at deterring attacks against Israelis. Israeli authorities resumed the practice in 2014 without explanation." ca for id6/7/2016
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O Jerusalem — please forget meKiz Rose - Mondoweiss "Mamilla Mall seems like the most brilliant form of colonization and apartheid. The wall that separates Palestinians from access to their land and keeps them from their loved ones is a dehumanizing daily reminder of their restricted life under occupation. For the Israelis and others visiting Jerusalem, apartheid is the Gap, North Face, American Eagle, Clarks, Timberland, Nine West, spaghetti, steak, and pizza restaurants, and, of course, the jewelry store Padani–“Jewelry for Connoisseurs”–all of which connect the West to the East and keep the shoppers busy." ca for id6/7/2016
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Israeli right-wing outraged over construction plans in Jerusalem-area Palestinian townMa`an - Israel approved the construction of 600 housing units in Beit Safafa on Sunday, Israeli media reported, more than a month after a court rejected a freeze on the plan. The rare Israeli approval for construction in a Palestinian-majority area has come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved the construction of 800 housing units in settlements. [bz] 5/7/2016
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A thousand soldiers deployed to destroy two Qalandiya houses Maan - An estimated thousand soldiers entered the Qalandiya refugee camp, firing tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets in every direction as they confronted camp inhabitnats who tried to bar their way. Tear gas was also shot at Red Crescent ambulances which tried to reach wounded inhabitants. At last, the soldiers managed to carry out their objective - demolition of the homes of Assaf and Abu Habsa families, as a punishment for stab attacks carried out by two young members of the families last year. The assailants themselves were killed on the spot by Israeli police, and there is no evidence of their family members being in any way involved. Nevertheless, the courts approved the demolition orders, as a "necessary measure of deterrence towards future attackers". [ak] 5/7/2016
Plans for 560 settler homes in Ma’aleh Adumim advance after annexation callsTovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Right-wing politicians call on Netanyahu to annex the West Bank Jewish city [ry] 4/7/2016
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Yehuda Glick Brings Extreme Vision of Temple Mount to the Knesset — With an Affable TouchNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - Even so, Glick’s Knesset seat now gives him a bigger platform from which to spread his ideas about Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Once thought of as the domain of right-wing nationalists, the Temple Mount prayer issue has evolved under Glick into a cause wrapped in the mantle of civil rights. In Glick’s discourse, Jews and Muslims deserve the chance to worship equally on the site. By framing his immediate goal as one of equal prayer, a seemingly liberal concept, Glick has widened the appeal of what was once a fringe movement.-rh 29/6/2016
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Israel`s stop-and-frisk law `blatant racism` : The recent legislation is a form of collective punishment towards Jerusalem and its youth, rights groups say.Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - According to the law, soldiers can inspect any individual, in specific locations, without having to answer for their actions. This has resulted in what rights groups describe as "openly racist" treatment towards Palestinians who are being body searched, sometimes aggressively, based solely on their appearance. "Any Palestinian who is passing by is subject to being searched. Israeli soldiers would make them stand from between 15 minutes to an hour. It is not just that they search them - but the way they are being searched is humiliating," said Nisreen Allayan, the lawyer for the East Jerusalem project at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.-rh 29/6/2016
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Israeli Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Near BethlehemIMEMC News - "Israeli soldiers invaded, late on Thursday evening, Doha town, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and shot a young Palestinian man, during clashes that took place following the invasion.Medical sources said a young man, 21, was shot with a live round in his leg, and was moved to a local hospital, suffering a moderate injury...Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, earlier on Thursday, at least ten Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem." ca 24/6/2016
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UN Secretary General to Arrive in Gaza Next WeekIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Palestinian Authority, Riyad al-Maliki, announced that the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki moon, and the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shokri, will visit Palestine at the end of June. “We will talk with Shokri about the role of the ministerial Arab quartet committee, headed by Egypt, to take serious actions regarding Israeli escalation in settlement expansion,” said al-Maliki. Spokesperson for the Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric, said that Ban is to visit the West Bank and Israel next week, adding that he will arrive in Jerusalem on Monday, to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to deliver a lecture in Tel Aviv University. He will then arrive in the Gaza Strip to visit UN schools, and to meet officials at the UN headquarters. He will also meet with PA president Mahmoud Abbas, “to be honored”, according to Al Ray." ca 24/6/2016
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Israel removes key sites from Jerusalem`s Old City Map : Israeli ministry`s map of Jerusalem`s Old City marks historically unimportant sites and omits key non-Jewish holy sites.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - The City of David site features prominently, in large, bold red letters, on the Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map, which is distributed free of charge at official tourist information centres in Jerusalem. But the nearby al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, a 14-hectare compound that comprises Islam`s third holiest site, al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Dome of the Rock, is only referred to by its Jewish name: the Temple Mount.-rh 15/6/2016
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Israel 2016: A house divided Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "The chants made by protesters on the balcony included "You have no shame - no holiness in an occupied city!" and "Jews and Arabs Refuse to be Enemies". There were signs "Standing together against the occupation! "," Standing together to build hope!"and "The one who shouts `Death to the Arabs" is not a Jew! ". The most enraging for the Flag Dancers on the street was a big banner reading in Arabic and Hebrew: " Ramadan Karim." - id15/6/2016
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Israel announces 82 new settlement units in Jerusalem amid escalating angerPNN/ Jerusalem - "On Tuesday, Israeli Occupation Authorities announced plans to construct 82 units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo and to build an illegal settlement outpost of 15,000 units in the Qalandia Airport area north of Jerusalem.The announcement comes a few days following the Paris Peace Summit, in the presence of 29 countries from four different continents around the world, in addition to the United Nations, European Union and the Arab League." ca10/6/2016
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Analysis: Which Jerusalem? Israel’s little-known master plans (Part I)Nur Arafeh - Ma`an News Agency "It is the year 2050, and Israel has fulfilled its vision for Jerusalem: Visitors will see a largely Jewish high-tech center amid a sea of tourists, with a minimal Palestinian presence. To achieve this vision, Israel is working on three master plans; one is well- known but two remain under the radar." ca10/6/2016
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Analysis: Which Jerusalem? Israel’s little-known master plans (Part II)Nur Arafeh - Ma`an News agency "This policy brief is authored by policy advisor Al-Shabaka Policy Fellow Nur Arafeh, in which she analyzes all three Israeli master plans for Jerusalem, explaining how they aim to shape the city into a tourism and high-tech center, and the ways in which they use urban planning to reshape the city’s demography. She spotlights the dangerous new laws Israel has reactivated or passed to advance its colonization of the city - the Absentee Property Law and the "third generation law." ca10/6/2016
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Palestinians forced to delay the start of Ramadan as Israel celebrates 49 years of ruling Jerusalem Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Yet in nearly every direction of the celebrations, as Israelis rejoiced in their city of peace, Palestinians were sealed behind police dividers.“Damascus Gate is closed,” shouted an officer to a group of Palestinians in a kettle behind a metal fence erected in the afternoon.-rh 8/6/2016
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Massive Israeli Settlement Plan to be Implemented IMEMC News - "A member of the Israeli Knesset, Nachman Shai, warned on Sunday that the expansion would draw a fresh wave of international condemnation." - id 8/6/2016
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How Jerusalem Jubilee plan sidelines Arab residents Mazal Mualem - Al Monitor - "If only Netanyahu made some gesture to the Arab population living in Jerusalem, such as ensuring that they figure prominently in his Jubilee plans, all his talk about peace would probably be more credible." - id 8/6/2016
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Israeli counter-protesters confronted by extremist paraders on Jerusalem DayYumna Patel, Jaclynn Ashly - Ma`an - Israeli counter-protesters hand out flowers on Jerusalem Day, outside Damascus Gate, while thousands paraders were entering the Old City. “A lot of Israelis are angry at us for what we do, they don’t support us, but we keep doing it.” [bz]7/6/2016
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PHOTOS: Nationalist Jewish-Israelis march through Jerusalem`s Muslim QuarterPhotos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org - +972 - The Jerusalem Day march, marking the ‘reunification’ of the city under Israeli sovereignty, has more to do with domination over Palestinians than celebration [ry] 6/6/2016
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`Majority of Israeli public fearful of visiting Jerusalem`The Jerusalem Post - `Majority of Israeli public fearful of visiting Jerusalem` [ry] 6/6/2016
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How one Jerusalem neighborhood has been left to fend for itselfDaoud Kuttab--When Tamara and Ala’a got married in 2012, in addition to their wedding in Beit Jala, they held a second ceremony in Jerusalem to ensure that they could register their marriage in the holy city. The couple moved into a small house in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Safa to make sure that they could legally prove their connection to Jerusalem. dn 4/6/2016
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Yehuda Glick’s meteoric rise from messianic margins to Israeli parliamentDan Cohen and Tamar Aviyah - Mondoweiss - After leaving his position in the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, Glick took a greater leading role in the Temple Movement, becoming the executive director of the Temple Institute. Founded in 1984 by Yisrael Ariel, the Temple Institute is a state-funded organization that takes a multi-faceted approach to achieve its goal of building a third Jewish temple on what Muslims call Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and Jews called Har Habayit (Temple Mount). -rh1/6/2016
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