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Israel removes metal detectors from holy site in JerusalemPeter Beaumont - The announcement came shortly after the evacuation of all Israeli diplomats from the embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, following an incident in which an Israeli security guard shot two Jordanians including a teenager who had allegedly stabbed him with a screwdriver. The diplomats, including Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, Einat Schlain, crossed the Allenby bridge border in a convoy, arriving back in Israel at around 11pm. Among those repatriated were the security guard who Jordan had originally said it wanted to retain for questioning over the incident. A Jordanian news site linked to the kingdom’s military said investigators had decided the deadly altercation at the Israeli embassy compound was not politically motivated and had determined the 17-year-old had attacked the guard with a screwdriver over a dispute about a furniture delivery. [bz]25/7/2017
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Security Cabinet to remove Temple Mount metal detectors and camerasItamar Eichner and Hassan Shalaan - Ynet - MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Hayehudi) said the decision constitutes "capitulation and surrender to terrorism. The leadership folded and provided a victory for terrorism and violence. "I am pleased to discover that ministers Bennett, Shaked and Elkin preferred the interest of security over populism and voted against the surrender." [bz]25/7/2017
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Israel to replace contested Al-Aqsa metal detectors with ‘smart’ surveillanceMa`an - "It`s not about technology, it`s about control," a resident of Jerusalem told Ma`an. "It`s about who controls the gate of the mosque, which means who controls the mosque." The Waqf wouldn’t accept any changes to the status quo, and announced to issue a report evaluating the overall situation in and around the Al-Aqsa compound before deciding whether to resume prayers inside Al-Aqsa or to continue demonstrations. [bz]25/7/2017
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Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will `increase resistance`Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - New Israeli measures of control will fuel the uprising in the occupied Palestinian territories, experts say [ry] 24/7/2017
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Emergency demonstration - the government is setting Jerusalem ablaze! 22/7/2017
IDF to demolish home of teen terrorist who called for more violence before attackElior Levy, Yoav Zitun, Shar Hay & AP - Ynet - New security measures were set up at the entry gates to the Temple Mount by Israel, following the deadly terrorist attack that took the lives of two Israeli police officers last week. The added security measures caused a wave of backlash in the Muslim community, with Friday night`s deadly terrorist attack carried out by al-Abed, earlier clashes with Israel Police in which three Palestinian protestors were killed, as well as wide scale protest prayers and riots around Jerusalem. [bz]22/7/2017
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Israeli army raids, seals hometown of Palestinian assailant, detains brotherMa`an - Israeli media reported that al-Abed wrote on Facebook before carrying out the attack: "I have many dreams and I believe they will come true, I love life and I love to make others happy, but what is my life when they (Israel) murder women and children and defile our Al-Aqsa?" The deadly attack took place after three Palestinians were killed -- two of them by Israeli police and one reportedly by an Israeli settler -- when large-scale civil disobedience demonstrations in Jerusalem erupted into violent clashes earlier on Friday. Hundreds more unarmed Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces, amid protests across the occupied territory against new security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem`s Old City, imposed in the wake of a deadly shoot-out at the holy site last week that left three Palestinian assailants and two Israeli officers killed. [bz]22/7/2017
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Everything you need to know about tensions at Jerusalem`s holiest siteIr Amim - +972 "After two years absent of Palestinian mass demonstrations on or near the compound, since Sunday afternoon hundreds of Palestinians and police officers have been facing off in close quarters, in a tense political environment and record heat within the Old City. It was precisely this scenario that devolved into severe violence in 2014 and 2015." ca 21/7/2017
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Metal detectors to remain at Temple MountYael Freidson - Ynetnews "The Israel Police decided Friday morning that metal detectors installed at the entrance of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in response to a deadly terror attack in the area last Friday will remain in place...The decision was reached after protracted discussions held by the cabinet overnight Thursday resulted in the assignment of responsibility for removing of keeping the detectors at the site to the police." ca21/7/2017
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MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT: PALESTINIANS URGE `DAY OF RAGE` AS ISRAEL IMPOSES HOLY SITE MEASURES AFTER ATTACKJack Moore - Newsweek - The Palestinian Fatah party, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called for a "Day of Rage" on Wednesday to protest new Israeli security measures at the contested Jerusalem holy site after a deadly shooting attack that killed two policemen last week. Israel closed the site on Friday after three Arab-Israeli citizens from the northern city of Umm al-Fahm carried out a shooting attack near the entrance to the site known as the Temple Mount to Jews, and the Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, to Muslims.Israeli authorities reopened the compound to Muslims on Sunday, and non-Muslims on Monday, but with extra security measures, such as metal detectors. The city`s police said it was a necessary requirement for the site to open.-rh19/7/2017
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PHOTOS: Palestinians protest new security measures at Al-AqsaActivestills - +972 - "Authorities quickly sealed off all entrances to the compound, the first time in decades it was closed on a Friday, as well as the streets leading to the Old City." - id19/7/2017
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In Israel`s `eternal capital,` anti-Palestinian discrimination is built-inAviv Tatarsky - +972 - "A closer look at Jerusalem’s new construction plans are a testament to the fact that Israel cannot continue lording over hundreds of thousands of Palestinians without infringing on their basic rights." - id 19/7/2017
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Army Injures 34 Palestinians, Attack Ambulances And Medics, In Jerusalem IMEMC - "The Khatib of the Al-Aqsa Mosque was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the back."..."The soldiers also fired a concussion grenade at a PRC ambulance, in addition to attacking medics in another ambulance." - id 19/7/2017
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Temple Mount metal detectors won’t helpNahum Barnea - Ynet - "Anyone interested in smuggling weapons into the explosive site will do it when hundreds of thousands of worshippers are gathered outside the gates. The metal detector will simply create a jam, which will lead to a commotion, and the police will be forced to let the masses in. Those seeking to bring in weapons will get their chance with no effort whatsoever." - id 19/7/2017
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Palestinians pray outside Al-Aqsa Mosque in protest of new metal detectorsMa`an - Palestinians performed prayers outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to show their opposition to new metal detectors installed by Israeli authorities at the mosque`s entrances, which came in response to a deadly shooting attack at the holy site on Friday. Dozens of Muslim worshipers, all Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem, refused to pass through the metal detectors and gathered for dawn and afternoon prayers outside of the Lions` Gate entrance to the compound, which was opened Sunday after the compound had been under a rare closure since the attack. Meanwhile, Jewish Israelis were again allowed to enter the compound freely without the presence of Al-Aqsa security guards. [ak]18/7/2017
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Israeli forces shoot young Palestinian in East Jerusalem, raid hospital where he is treatedMa`an - The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli troops stormed the area of Ein al-Luza and fired stun grenades and live fire haphazardly, while young residents threw Molotov cocktails and fireworks in response. One Palestinian was seriously injured during the raid, according to the information center, and taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. The center added that Israeli police raided the al-Makassed Hospital east of the Old City of Jerusalem, seeking to detain the injured Palestinian. Official Palestinian news agency Wafa said the young man was taken from his hospital bed by Israeli forces. [bz]18/7/2017
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Palestinians reject Israel security measures in al-AqsaAl Jazeera - Dozens of worshippers gathered to pray at an entrance to the compound after new measures introduced at holy site [ry]17/7/2017
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Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from JerusalemAlShabaka - Under international law, East Jerusalem is considered an occupied territory and the de facto annexation of the city by the Israeli government is considered illegal. Throughout its occupation, Israel has enacted discriminatory laws and policies to diminish the presence of the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem. By granting Palestinians a “permanent” residency status to live in Jerusalem, entry into and residency in Jerusalem becomes a revocable privilege, instead of an inherent right.-rh12/7/2017
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In Jerusalem, secret sale of church land to developers revealedAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - "Arabs in the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem are calling for the church to remove Patriarch Theophilos III from office for selling church-owned land in West Jerusalem to Israeli developers, but there is no sign their voices will be heard." - id 12/7/2017
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Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian-owned building in IssawiyaMa`an - Israeli forces demolished a four-story, under-construction building in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on Tuesday morning, despite its Palestinian landowner having a schedule meeting with Israeli authorities to postpone the demolition. Owner of the building Hanan Mahmoud told Ma’an that she and her family were caught by surprise when four bulldozers escorted by armed Israeli forces stormed the area at around 4 a.m. and began razing the building to the ground. Construction of the four-floor building -- comprised of six apartments, with the ground floor planned to be used as shops -- started about a year ago. Construction licenses are very expensive and difficult to obtain for Palestinians, notably in the Jerusalem area, in a bid by Israeli authorities to force Palestinians out and change the demographic balance of the city. [bz]11/7/2017
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Israeli forces reportedly beat, pepper-spray Palestinians in Silwan raidsMa`an News Agency - "The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that six Palestinians sustained bruises and suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during a raid targeting the home of one Muhammad al-Abbasi in the area of Ein al-Luza, during which residents said they were assaulted by Israeli police officers." ca7/7/2017
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New Settlement in Sheikh Jarrah, 1,800 Housing Units in East Jerusalem to Be Discussed by Regional Committee 03.7.17Peace Now - The government is brutally attempting to destroy the possibility of the two-state solution, and this time it is by establishing a new settlement at the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem and promoting nearly 1,800 housing units beyond the Green Line. The eviction of 5 Palestinian families, which are protected tenants, in order to establish a new settlement in Sheikh Jarrah shows that nothing will get in the way of settler groups and a pro-settler government from preventing a future compromise in Jerusalem.-rh5/7/2017
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Army Demolishes A Home And A Stable, Uproots A Farmland, In Jerusalem IMEMC News - "On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers carried out massive invasions"..."and abducted twenty-four Palestinians, including a woman, former political prisoners, in addition to a father and his four sons." - id 5/7/2017
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Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from JerusalemAl-Shabaka - Under international law, East Jerusalem is considered an occupied territory and the de facto annexation of the city by the Israeli government is considered illegal. Throughout its occupation, Israel has enacted discriminatory laws and policies to diminish the presence of the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem. By granting Palestinians a “permanent” residency status to live in Jerusalem, entry into and residency in Jerusalem becomes a revocable privilege, instead of an inherent right.-rh5/7/2017
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5 Palestinian families face expulsion as hundreds of new settlement units promotedMa`an - The plans will include two new buildings -- respectively three and five stories tall -- in the heart of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah that will require the expulsion of five Palestinian families, up for discussion at Israel’s Jerusalem Regional Committee on July 16. [bz]4/7/2017
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Jewish Home, Likud to collaborate on ‘Unified Jerusalem’ billRaoul Wootliff - The Times of Israel - Ending coalition spat, Naftali Bennett and Ze’ev Elkin say they’ll reformulate proposal to require supermajority for handing over parts of capital for peace [ry]3/7/2017
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Video: Mob of Jewish extremists beat Palestinians in JerusalemMa`an News Agency - "Israeli daily Haaretz obtained the video, in which some 30 members of the Jewish extremist group Lehava are shown purportedly assaulting three Palestinians during a march organized by the group in downtown Jerusalem last Thursday. At one point in the shaky video, the Palestinians, who are reportedly all residents of occupied East Jerusalem, run into an Israeli police officer, who blocked the group of Israelis from approaching the Palestinians, and told the Jewish youths to leave. The youths refused and continued to hurl insults at the Palestinians." ca30/6/2017
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Video: Ramadan at an Israeli military checkpointAhmad Al-Bazz - Activestills - "Every year during Ramadan, tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank take advantage of a temporary relaxation of Israeli movement restrictions in order to attend Friday prayers at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, which they are normally prevented from entering." - id 28/6/2017
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Israel Resumes Work To Complete A Bypass Road In East Jerusalem IMEMC - "...the road was built ten years ago, but was never opened due to what it dubbed as “budget and security disputes,” and added that the road would be opened in ten months." - id 28/6/2017
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7,000 Settler Housing Units Approved for JerusalemIMEMC News & Agencies - Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Meir Turjeman: "I congratulate the prime minister, who accelerated this move and thawed the frozen construction plans … Jerusalem does not have a lot of land reserves, and we have no solutions for the young couples. This is, therefore, a very significant step" [ry] 26/6/2017
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Israel`s new `security strategy` at Damascus Gate to further control Palestinian movementMa`an News Agency - "Witnesses told Ma`an that Israeli police were conducting physical searches on Palestinians, including women and children, and forcing holders of West Bank IDs to board special buses, which had been deployed across Jerusalem since the early hours of Saturday morning following the attack.The “deportations” followed a decision from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to revoke family visitation permits issued to Palestinians to enter Jerusalem and Israel for Ramadan, as a punitive reaction to the attack. According to Israeli news site Haaretz, 250,000 Palestinians had their permits revoked." ca23/6/2017
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What we didn’t know about the 1967 war James Zogby - Al Ahram Weekly "In September of 1995, The New York Times ran a story under the headline “Egypt Says Israelis Killed POW’s in the ‘67 War”. The story reported on the discovery of mass graves in the Sinai desert containing the bodies of Egyptian soldiers, together with eyewitness accounts of the killings... The story of the Western Wall was no less troubling. Here, too, what happened to the Palestinian inhabitants of the Moughrabi neighbourhood that was adjacent to the wall has long been known and long been ignored." ca 23/6/2017
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Are Attacks On Israeli Police In East Jerusalem Terrorism?Rima Najjar - Countercurrents - The nature of Israel’s violence in Jerusalem (as well as in the other occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) is highlighted by the extrajudicial and brutal erasure of Palestinians who exercise their internationally recognized right to resist as described by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/33/24 of 29 November 1978: Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, particularly armed struggle;-rh 21/6/2017
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Israeli Invasions Into Al-Aqsa Mosque Continue, Resulting In Injuries And AbductionsIMEMC - "Al-Kiswani held Israel responsible for the escalation against the mosque, especially during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, by conducting these invasions, and allowing provocative tours by dozens of extremist colonists into the holy site." - id 20/6/2017
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300,000 worshipers perform prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque on 3rd Friday of RamadanMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces were heavily deployed in the city’s streets leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as at the gates of Al-Aqsa mosque. General Director of the Islamic Endowment (Waqf), which manages the compound, Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib told Ma’an that more than 300,000 worshipers performed prayers at Al-Aqsa on Friday. He expressed his appreciation for the mosque’s guards and workers who organized movement inside the compound, and helped Palestinian worshipers who came from the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, along with foreign nationals from the US, Britain, Turkey, Africa, Jordan, and France." ca17/6/2017
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Gaza: `Jerusalem feels as far away as Mecca` Quota for exit permits for Friday prayer at al-Aqsa markedly less than 2016, signifying a “tightening" of the siege.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - When two buses stopped close to Bab al- Asbat in Jerusalem on the second Friday of Ramadan, the elderly passengers were quick to disembark and head straight for the Old City. It was around 10am, more than two hours before the Friday prayer would begin, but this was an extremely rare opportunity for Palestinians from Gaza to pray at Al-Aqsa mosque and they did not want to waste a second outside of the holy site. "We all wanted the bus to hurry up and get to Jerusalem as quickly as possible," said Mohammed al-Bazz, 70. "We wanted to spend as much time in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa as possible."-rh 14/6/2017
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Palestinian official comes under fire over Jerusalem comments Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The holy sites, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, are a hotly contested issue regardless of when and where they are discussed. At no time is it easy for a Palestinian leader to say anything that deviates from entrenched positions, which both sides hold. Rajoub might have stirred dormant waters in his public statement, and he was blasted for it. This makes it even harder for any leader to address this and other controversial issues in the public sphere.-rh 14/6/2017
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Gaza: `Jerusalem feels as far away as Mecca`Nigel Wilson - Al-Jazeera - "Quota for exit permits for Friday prayer at al-Aqsa markedly less than 2016, signifying a “tightening" of the siege." - id 14/6/2017
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Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "It was incredible that the weakling Eshkol would succeed where the great Ben-Gurion had failed, and hold on to the conquered territories. But contrary to all expectations, there was no pressure at all to give back anything. The occupation continues to this very day." - id 14/6/2017
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Blocking embassy move to Jerusalem Trump`s wisest decision yetAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "By signing the waiver against moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, President Donald Trump displayed responsibility and sound judgment." - id 7/6/2017
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Israel approves plans to tighten grip on East JerusalemJonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera - "Palestinian leaders have denounced new construction projects they say will further tighten Israel`s grip on occupied East Jerusalem and its holy places, including the incendiary site of Al-Aqsa mosque.The most elaborate plan is for a cable car intended to bring thousands of visitors an hour to the Western Wall and its Jewish prayer plaza immediately below al-Haram al-Sharif, a compound containing Al-Aqsa and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock." - id7/6/2017
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