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PLO slams Israeli security cabinet meeting in occupied East Jerusalem as `provocation`Ma’an News Agency - "Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary- General Saeb Erekat denounced on Sunday a meeting of the Israeli security cabinet held earlier in the day in tunnels located underneath the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem as a `provocation` and proof that Israel `insists on sabotaging international efforts` for peace" [ry]29/5/2017
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Liberal Jews stage sit-in to block annual ‘Jerusalem Day’ march into Muslim Quarter Israel/Palestine Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "     As Israelis marked “Jerusalem Day,” a commemoration of Israel’s capture of the eastern half of the city in 1967 with a parade through the Old City, a group of left-wing American Jews and Israelis blocked their path with a sit-in. Annually the “march of the flags” starts with rallies in the western half of the Jerusalem, followed by tens of thousands of mostly teenaged Israelis marching with banners through the Muslim Quarter, ending at the Western Wall." ca27/5/2017
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Jerusalem Day and the country without a capital Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "The annual marking of Jerusalem Day, on May 24 this year, has become a raucous, nationalist demonstration of Israeli ownership of the city, in general, and the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, in particular. Tens of thousands of youths affiliated with religious Zionism march through the Muslim Quarter on their way to the Western Wall, waving Israeli flags and calling out slogans peppered with curses at the Palestinian residents hiding out in their shuttered homes. Instead of defending the Palestinians against these power- drunk youths, the police oblige merchants to close their shops along the parade route and to stay away. This year, to mark the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “liberation of Jerusalem,” the police permitted the extension of the so-called dance of the flags to include the walls of the Old City from the Jaffa Gate to the Dung Gate." ca 26/5/2017
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The one day Jerusalem`s Palestinians fear the mostSuleiman Maswadeh - +972 - In my childhood I witnessed right-wing Israelis violently rampaging through the Old City, and especially in the Muslim Quarter where I lived. These rampaged only intensified over the years, due to the security situation as well as the leniency of the authorities. Those who celebrate Jerusalem Day know full well that these kinds of actions are an outright provocation toward the city’s Muslim inhabitants. This is especially felt in the Muslim Quarter.-rh24/5/2017
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Israeli Statistics Do Not Give Real Number of Palestinians in Jerusalem The Palestine Chronicle - According to the official Israeli statistics, around 60,000 Palestinians live in Shu’fat and Kafr Aqab, while the unofficial number is around 140,000. Haaretz cited Maya Hoshen from the Al-Quds Institute said that the number of Palestinians living in Jerusalem is more than 900,000 or 41 per cent. Israel is fearful of Arabs in Jerusalem outnumbering Jewish residents due to political considerations regarding the Arab nature of the holy city, and pressures Palestinians to leave the city while encouraging Jews to move to it.-rh 24/5/2017
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May 24 - protest the `Jerusalem Day` march of hate 23/5/2017
Israeli Police Evict Old City Residents Ahead of Trump VisitJason Ditz - AntiWar - Several Stores to Be Closed Throughout Visit [ry]22/5/2017
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How Israel is targeting Palestinian institutionsYlenia Gostoli - Al Jazeera - Recent raid of Arab Studies Society`s Jerusalem office highlights a long-standing problem, rights groups say [ry]22/5/2017
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Western Wall will always be Israeli, PM says ahead of Trump visitStuart Winer and Amanda Borschel-Dan - The Times of Israel - With US envoy Friedman in attendance, Netanyahu also tells celebration marking 50 years since city’s unification that Jerusalem will always be Israel’s capital [ry]22/5/2017
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For Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Israeli Bureaucracy Goes From Bad to Intolerable Nir Hasson - Haaretz "Unfortunately for Dr. Samir Masri, a resident of East Jerusalem, his son Omar was born prematurely during a family trip to the United States. Because his wife is a native of the West Bank who is in the midst of the “family unification” procedure, their baby had no legal status in Israel when they returned.Thus began their Kafkaesque journey through the bureaucracy of the Interior Ministry office in East Jerusalem, which has a reputation for its poor treatment of Palestinian residents of the city." ca 19/5/2017
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US ambassador David Friedman arrives in IsraelAl-Jazeera - "Speaking at a pre-election rally in October in support of Trump on Jerusalem`s Mount Zion, Friedman said Trump would fire US state department "lifers" who refused to move the embassy." - id 17/5/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct 17 Palestinians In The West Bank IMEMC - "In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Odai Abu Tayeh, from his home in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and took him to an interrogation facility." - id 17/5/2017
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Final protest: Aerosmith visit Occupied Territory 16/5/2017
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Is the Western Wall part of Israel? Trump is a bit uncertain Eric Cortellessa - Times of Israel - A senior member of the US delegation preparing Trump’s visit next week angrily rejected a request that PM Netanyahu accompany the president when he visits the Western Wall. The American told Israeli counterparts that this part of the Trump visit would be "strictly private", and burst out with "“What are you talking about? It’s none of your business. It’s not even part of your responsibility. It’s not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank.” When faced with sharp protests by the Israeli government and American Jewish groups, the White House announced that the Western Wall comments were “unauthorized” and do not represent the stance of the Trump administration. It is not clear, however, whether Netanyahu would be able to accompany Trump there. [ak]16/5/2017
`We shall remain`: Bedouin of Jabal al-Baba face an uphill battle to keep their land Mersiha Gadzo - Mondoweiss "Life was so simple before the [separation barrier] because you could leave for vacation, for weddings; you could take your car and go to Jerusalem,” Mazara’a said. “You could pray Maghrib [prayer just after sunset] here and then pray Isha [evening prayer] at al-Aqsa.” Such a scenario today remains a distant dream for the Bedouins living at Jabal al-Baba, also known as Pope Mountain, even though Jerusalem is only 2.5 miles away. Now, Bedouin communities stand in the way of the E1 zone, which would expand settlements from Ma’ale Adumim to occupied East Jerusalem...Israeli authorities seek to relocate 18 Bedouin communities that live in E1 and a total of 46 Bedouin communities living in the central West Bank." ca 12/5/2017
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Israeli police to open station at entrance to Shuafat refugee campGroup 194 - "A spokeswoman for the Israeli police said internal security minister Gilad Erdan and senior officials would participate in the opening ceremony. The intensive deployment of soldiers at the Shuafat checkpoint and its vicinity affected the movement of citizens living in the area from and to Jerusalem. The Shuafat barrier or checkpoint is one of the West Bank’s hottest flashpoints, where confrontations happen almost on a daily basis between Israeli soldiers and local young men." ca 12/5/2017
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Dozens of Palestinian cars defaced in J`lem `price tag` attack+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Attack comes just days after a number of Jewish extremists were served with administrative restraining orders barring them from the West Bank." - id 10/5/2017
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Israeli police kill 16-year old Palestinian girl in JerusalemIMEMC - On Sunday afternoon, Israeli police shot and killed a 16- year old Palestinian girl, Fatima Afeef Abdul-Rahman Hajiji, near the Damascus gate in Jerusalem. The police spokesperson claimed that the teen attempted to stab a security officer, that account has been disputed by eyewitnesses as well by photos from cameras in nearby shops. Fatima was standing at least ten meters away from the police guard post and posing no direct threat when one of the police started shouting “knife, knife” - whereupon some five of them fired a barrage of bullets at her. Fatima was hit by several live rounds in the chest, and the police continued to fire after she fell onto the ground. Following the fatal shooting, police used pepper-spray against dozens of Palestinians who gathered in the area, chasing them into Sultan Suleiman Street. A 9-year child, Mahmoud Abu Sbeih, fell from a considerable height and was wounded when trying to escape.[ak]9/5/2017
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East Jerusalem hit by wave of home demolitionsAviv Tatarsky - +972 - The maliciousness of the demolition policy in al-Walaja, East Jerusalem and Area C is unmistakable. Thousands have been made homeless by demolitions in the last two years, with the underlying goal of expelling the Palestinian population to the Area A and B enclaves throughout the West Bank. [bz for dn]7/5/2017
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MADA: Escalated Attacks against Jerusalem JournalistsIMEMC - "An Israeli police cavalry unit attacked several journalists, injuring them and destroying their equipment, as well as preventing them from covering a peaceful assembly organized in Jerusalem, in solidarity with the Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike since  4/17/17." - id3/5/2017
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13 Palestinian journalists injured while attempting to cover Jerusalem sit-inMa`an - Israeli police had forcibly evacuated a peaceful sit-in organized at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, held to express support for approximately 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli prisons for the past 14 days. After marching through the streets, chanting slogans in solidarity with the hunger strikers, demonstrators were chased by Israeli police on horseback, with Israeli police officers also ripping up and confiscating pictures of Palestinian prisoners that protesters were carrying. [bz for dn]30/4/2017
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The impossible choice faced by East Jerusalem PalestiniansSuleiman Maswadeh - +972 "Today, I understand why the Israeli establishment behaves as it does. Palestinian residents of Jerusalem are banned from building or adding floors to their homes, but Jews are allowed to steal land and build entire neighborhoods on it — which the government then rubber- stamps and declares legal.The building of the apartheid wall created a bizarre situation in which two places within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries were nonetheless left “outside” it: Shuafat Refugee Camp and Kafr Aqab." ca 27/4/2017
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For settlers, there`s no reason not to break the lawYossi Gurvitz/Yesh Din - +972 "In August 2009, the residents of Kfar Aqeb, a Palestinian village near Ramallah, noticed 12 illegal structures being built on their land near the settlement of Kochav Ya’akov. The residents urgently petitioned the High Court of Justice, assisted by Yesh Din, demanding the court order an immediate halt to the construction. What happened next is a microcosm of the behavior of the law enforcement apparatus in the occupied Palestinian territories." ca27/4/2017
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Jerusalem municipality to confiscate Palestinian land for ‘tourist center’ Molly Mae - Alternative Information Center "On April 24, 2017, the West Jerusalem municipality published a plan to confiscate 1,300 square meters of land in Ras al-Amoud, an area adjacent to the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem...Haaretz adds that despite the fact that the plans have yet to be approved, the city has already started working at the site. The public has 60 days to file objections to the plan as of Monday. Israeli settlement monitoring group Peace Now adds that the municipality used a “highly unusual” procedure to expedite the land confiscation." ca 27/4/2017
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Beitar Jerusalem Commemorates Holocaust Day: “Death to Arabs!”Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Today, the “Beitar Heart” Instagram account of the Beitar fan club featured a somber image of a candle lit to commemorate Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Only one small problem: the image was tagged with #Death to Arabs!" - id 26/4/2017
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The impossible choice faced by East Jerusalem PalestiniansSuleiman Maswadeh - +972 - "Palestinians in East Jerusalem live in an ongoing state of limbo: either stay where they are and risk having any additions they make to their homes demolished, or move away and lose their residency status." - id 21/4/2017
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WATCH: This is what a stop-and-frisk in East Jerusalem looks likeActivestills - +972 - "When Israeli forces started body searching Palestinians outside Jerusalem’s Old City, an Activestills photographer on the scene started filming. They detained and searched him too." - id21/4/2017
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Take a tour of West Jerusalem`s Palestinian history: A new documentary brings the hidden urban Palestinian history of West Jerusalem on to screens everywhere. Mary Pelletier - Aljazeera - Based on a series of tours through Katamon and Baka, former Palestinian neighbourhoods where Arab identity was swiftly erased after the 1948 Nakba, the project "Jerusalem, We Are Here" is a web-based interactive documentary that takes viewers on a journey in Jerusalem. The documentary revives the culturally rich landscape of Palestinian West Jerusalem, based around an interactive map embedded with original film footage, photographs, interviews and audio, directed and produced by Dorit Naaman.-rh 19/4/2017
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Hundreds of right-wing Israelis tour Al-Aqsa compound on 6th day of PassoverMa’an News Agency - " Hundreds of right-wing Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, amid ongoing restrictions on Palestinian freedom of worship and movement in occupied East Jerusalem on the sixth day of the Jewish holiday of Passover" [ry]17/4/2017
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As Christians Around the World Celebrate Easter in Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians Are Barred from AttendingIMEMC News & Agencies - "As with every year, Israel issued a number of permits for West Bank and Gaza Christians to enter Jerusalem during Easter. But, then, it imposed a week-long closure on the occupied territories for the Jewish Passover holiday, which coincided with Easter celebrations, thus deeming all permits void for this week" [ry] 17/4/2017
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Israeli Extremists Write Racist Graffiti In JerusalemIMEMC - "Besides “Death To Arabs,” among the racist graffiti was “Arabs Go Home,” “Revenge,” Kahane Was Right,” and “We Will Not Be Silent.” - id12/4/2017
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Israeli Archaeological Dig Forces 25 East Jerusalem Residents to Evacuate Homes Nir Hasson - Haaretz - The municipality declared the building unsafe and for one night moved the residents to a hotel in the city. "Our home was ruined, it is impossible to live there any longer, we have nowhere to live," said Suleiman Oweida, one of the evacuated residents. The Jerusalem municipality said that the cause of the cracks in the building is being investigated. [bz]11/4/2017
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Israeli Authorities Issue Orders Preventing 15 Palestinian From Entering Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC News - "Furthermore, Israel closed occupied Jerusalem to all Palestinians from the West Bank, starting from today [9.4.17] until April 17th, while it celebrates the Jewish Pesach" [ry]10/4/2017
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Israeli army `among world`s child rights violators`Nigel Wilson - Aך-Jשזקקרש "Occupied East Jerusalem - Flanked by his mother and aunt, Ahmed Mahmoud strolled up the narrow street that leads to the main road in Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem. It was mid-afternoon in early December 2016, and the 15-year-old had recently earned good grades at school. As a reward, the trio were on an outing to buy him a new pair of shoes, when they encountered a group of teenagers running towards them.Ahmed realised that clashes were taking place in the area between young men from the neighbourhood and Israeli border guards. "I wanted to return home but then the bullet hit me," he said. "I fell to the ground. My aunt started screaming. She was screaming at my cousin, who lived nearby, for help." Ahmed had been shot in the face with a rubber-coated bullet." בש 7/4/2017
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Netanyahu to lift ban on Israeli politicians storming al-AqsaMolly Mae - AIC - Israeli politician Yehuda Glick petitions the High Court to lift the ban despite news of its expiration date [ry]3/4/2017
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Grand Mufti: Arrest of al-Aqsa guards `unacceptable`By Ibrahim Husseini - Al Jazeera - Israeli police arrest Palestinian guards after they try to stop archaeologist from removing ancient stone from compound. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
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