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Israel envoy summoned over ‘intrusion’ at French cultural centerArab News - "In a rare move, police entered the building Thursday to cancel an event with a women’s group which Israel claims is sponsored or financed by the Palestinian Authority. A diplomatic source said France’s consul general had immediately protested the police’s entry to the center in east Jerusalem, which Israel has annexed in a move not recognized by the international community." ca23/3/2019
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School Building Demolished in Shu’fat Refugee CampIMEMC - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers escorted bulldozers into the refugee camp, surrounded the al-Razi School and went up rooftops of nearby buildings as drones flew overhead; Israeli bulldozers then began to demolish the school’s building. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets towards locals in the refugee camp." - id21/3/2019
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Israel demolishes school building in Shufat refugee campMa`an - Muhammad Alqam, owner of the school building, told Ma’an that the Israeli authorities had issued a demolition order against the building last November, pointing out that he had headed to the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality before the construction of the building to issue necessary permits, however, he was told that the area belongs to the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA.) Principal of the school, Saleh Alqam, pointed out that the demolition was carried out without a prior notice. [bz]19/3/2019
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Silwan from Jawad’s EyesIMEMC - "Jawad: “All you see here is Silwan. Silwan is very big, it was around 100.000 dunams, at some point. Israel confiscated almost 94,400 dunams after the wars in 1948 and 1967, so today there are only 5,600 dunams left. “Actually, it is much more crowded than Gaza; 55.000 Palestinians and around 400 settlers live here. The settlers are controlling over the life of the 55.000 Palestinians, they try to make us feel like strangers in our own home. They can close an entire street whenever they want…there are a lot of clashes here.”" - id14/3/2019
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Israeli Forces Block Palestinian Muslims from Accessing Mosque for Friday PrayersCeline Hagbard IMEMC - "Hundreds of Palestinians were forced to hold their weekly prayer service on the street in Jerusalem on Friday, after Israeli forces blocked access to the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Palestine and the third-holiest site for Muslims around the world. The closure of the Al Aqsa Mosque to Palestinian worshipers on Friday comes in the midst of escalating tensions between the Islamic Waqf Foundation which maintains the mosque and its grounds and the Israeli authorities, who control access to it." ca 9/3/2019
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EU not to Transfer Any Headquarters to East JerusalemIMEMC - "The European Union has affirmed the commitment of the Member States not to transfer any of its headquarters to East Jerusalem, in response to the recent American step of merging its consulate with its embassy in Jerusalem." - id7/3/2019
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Palestinians, Jordanians challenge Israel at Al-Aqsa over banned prayer space Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Al-Aqsa Mosque is again causing a major rift in the once friendly relationship between Jordan and Israel. Relations turned sour in the past week when Israeli security officials conducted a humiliating arrest of Jordan’s most senior official in Jerusalem. Heavily armed Israeli security forces arrived at the East Jerusalem home of Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab at 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 24. Salhab’s deputy and a score of other employees of the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf were also taken away, as were leading Palestinian activists. The Israeli police said the arrests were made because Salhab, 75, and hundreds of Muslims broke an Israeli imposed ban forbidding Palestinians from entering or praying at the Bab al-Rahmeh prayer room in the mosque. They called the protest act a “change in the status quo.”-rh 5/3/2019
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In photos - Israeli settlers seize Palestinian home in East JerusalemMa`an - Israeli settlers raided the al-Halabi family home, where an elderly Palestinian couple lives and who were out shopping for groceries at the time; the couple was thrown out by settlers upon arrival. Palestinian youths attempted to defend the home from seizure, however, Israeli police forces assaulted them and fired tear-gas bombs towards them. [bz]5/3/2019
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Report: Downgrade of Palestinian Mission to ‘Take Effect on Monday’IMEMC News & Agencies - "The United States is scheduled to move ahead with a downgrade of its mission to the Palestinians, on Monday, by merging its Jerusalem consulate with the embassy to Israel, a US official said" [ry] 4/3/2019
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Israel bans top Palestinian Waqf officials from Al-AqsaAl Jazeera - Move follows Waqf Council`s decision to defy a 16-year Israeli ban and reopen the Bab al-Rahma building in Al-Aqsa [ry] 4/3/2019
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New battle in Jerusalem Haitham Ahmed - Al Ahram "Palestinians, led by Jerusalem clerics, succeeded in opening the Umayyad prayer area at the eastern Bab Al-Rahma (Mercy) Gate at Al- Aqsa Mosque, despite a decision by the Israeli occupation to barricade it 16 years ago.Worshippers celebrated the reopening of the prayer area in throngs outside, chanting “God is Great,” “With our blood and souls we martyr ourselves for Al-Aqsa” and “This is our mosque.” ca 2/3/2019
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What`s behind the unrest at Al-Aqsa`s Bab al-Rahma?Mersiha Gadzo - Al-Jazeera "Palestinians see any change in status quo a step towards partitioning holy site, building the Third Temple over Al-Aqsa...The latest unrest has broken out over the formerly abandoned building at Bab al-Rahma (Gate of Mercy or Golden Gate) in the Al-Aqsa compound." ca2/3/2019
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Israel closes Jerusalem restaurant “for hiring staff from West Bank”K.F.- Wafa "Israeli military police posted an order closing Abu Ali Hommus and Falfel Restaurant, located in Salahaddin Street, for ten days under the pretext of employing a Palestinian resident of the West Bank who did not obtain an Israeli entry permit to enter Jerusalem...East Jerusalem is a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967." ca2/3/2019
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Israeli Excavations In Silwan Continue To Cause Serious Damage To Palestinian PropertyIMEMC News - "The recent heavy rain fall has, once again, has revealed the serious damage caused by the ongoing illegal Israeli excavations in occupied Jerusalem, especially the tunnels under the Palestinian homes in Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, in Silwan town, south of the Al- Aqsa Mosque.The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the rain fall, which lasted for several hours a few days ago, has caused serious damage and cracks in the walls and foundations of many homes, located above the areas Israel is ongoing with digging tunnels and removing sand as part of its “tunnels network,” leading to the walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque." ca 2/3/2019
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Glick and Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC - "It’s noteworthy that Glick is among the Israeli extremists calling for taking control of Al-Aqsa, intensifying the raids upon it, and imposing the reality of a spatial and temporal division." - id 28/2/2019
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Israel releases two Palestinian teens to house arrestMa`an - Abed and Muhammad, both 14-year old, were detained on late Friday from in front of their homes in the Silwan neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. The two teens were released on Saturday, to house arrest for one week and fines of 5,000 shekels ($1,385) each. Such payments cause financial hardships on the families, and prison time is extended if the fines are not paid... [bz]26/2/2019
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Closed Since 2003; Palestinians Celebrate Reopening Of Bab Al-Rahma MosqueIMEMC - "Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated, Friday, the reopening of Bab al-Rahma Mosque of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, which was closed by Israel since the year 2003, and the Palestinians were denied access to it since then. Media sources in Jerusalem said the Palestinians gathered in and around Bab al-Rahma and raised Palestinian flags on it while chanting and celebrating the reopening of the holy site after repeated massive nonviolent protests." ca 23/2/2019
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Can a Light Rail Train Link a Divided City?KESHIA NAURANA BADALGE - City Lab - If there’s a neutral zone for the residents of Jerusalem, it’s on rails. In a city where real estate is highly contested, where walls divide neighborhoods based on faith, and the clothes you wear are code for where you should be seen, the city’s modern light rail system––whether by virtue of peace or necessity–– glides above the divide. That’s why a team of Palestinians and Israelis from Mekudeshet, an arts and cultural initiative, are using the city’s public transit as a platform for documentary and observation. Every summer, the group stages a program of original light-rail-based tours called Dissolving Boundaries—“docu-theatrical journeys” designed to distance you a little from your personal paradigms.-rh19/2/2019
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Why residents of Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah face eviction Ahmad Melhem -Al-Monitor - The Execution Office, which is the competent authority to implement court decisions, notified Jan. 3 five families of the Sabbagh family that they had until Jan. 23 to vacate their homes. The family’s lawyer, Husni Abu Hussein, however, managed Jan. 14 to obtain a freeze order until Feb. 16, since the Central Court and Supreme Court have yet to rule on the land ownership in the neighborhood. The case goes back to 2012 when the family’s lawyers resorted to the Israeli Central Court to file a lawsuit against Nahalat Shimon, an organization that represents settlers, claiming that the neighborhood’s lands, including the houses of the Sabbagh families, belong to settlers.-rh 19/2/2019
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Jordan gives Palestinians larger role in running Temple MountTimes of Israel - The move has also triggered a new round of violence and tension at the holy site. On Thursday, the expanded Waqf council met for the first time on the Temple Mount, near the Gate of Mercy, or Golden Gate, an area sealed by Israeli authorities in 2003 because the group managing the area had ties to Hamas, and kept closed to stop illegal construction work there by the Waqf that Israeli officials believe has led to the destruction of antiquities from periods of Jewish presence in the area. [bz]19/2/2019
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Jerusalem: Over $55m to be Invested in Old City Settlement Projects IMEMC News & Agencies - "The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter, in the Old City of Jerusalem, invested more than 200 million shekels ($55,288,940) into “settlement projects”, in Jerusalem’s Old City district" [ry] 18/2/2019
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Israel evicts Palestinians from Jerusalem homeAl Jazeera - Israeli authorities served the Abu Assab family eviction notice ordering them to vacate property by end of February [ry] 18/2/2019
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Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sentenced to House ArrestIMEMC - "On Tuesday, an Israeli intelligence unit stormed Seyam’s home in Jerusalem’s Old City and wreaked havoc on the building, before they dragged the imam to the Qishleh detention center, west of occupied Jerusalem, Days of Palestine reports." - id17/2/2019
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Israeli Tender for Jerusalem Railway Rejected by Spanish CompanyIMEMC - "Representatives of the workers said that the problem lies in the fact that the railway will pass through Palestinian lands to serve illegal settlements in East Jerusalem." - id7/2/2019
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