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PLO urges EU to take action against Israel`s E1 settlements constructionTheNewArab - The PLO has urged action against Israel to stop constructing settlements in occupied East Jerusalem [ry] 3/8/2020
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Web conference today: “Annexation in Practice – Palestinian Lives in Jerusalem”UN Palestinian Rights Committee - The first is a series of web events will be held today, 28 July 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. (New York Time). The speakers – Ms. Maha Abdallah (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Jerusalem), Ms. Hagit Ofran (Peace Now, Jerusalem), Mr. Osamah Khalil (Syracuse University, USA) – will highlight the history of Israel’s decades-long illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and the lived reality of Palestinian Jerusalemites under this regime, as an example of what can expected of further Israeli annexation plans. [ak]28/7/2020
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Web conference today: “Annexation in Practice – Palestinian Lives in Jerusalem” 28/7/2020
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Footage Shows Border Policeman With Knee on Jerusalem Protester’s NeckNir Hasson - Nir Hasson - A border policeman was filmed late Tuesday night in Jerusalem holding a demonstrator on the ground with a knee on his neck. The demonstrator, 28-year-old Uri Yerushalmy of Tel Aviv, said he was held on the ground after trying to prevent a policeman from hitting a female protester, and that the border policeman pressed his knee on his neck for several seconds. “If he had applied just a little more force, I wouldn’t have been able to breathe,” Yerushalmy said later. For all the difference in the outcomes, the video recalled the May 26 killing of George Floyd by a Minnesota policeman who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for minutes on end, despite Floyd’s saying “I can’t breathe,” setting off weeks of protest, much of it violent, across America. (rh)28/7/2020
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Israeli Police Arrest PA’s Governor of JerusalemMaksoortiya - Palestine Chronicle - In February, Israeli occupation authorities banned him from entering the West Bank for six months and from communicating with the Palestinian Authority (PA), despite being the PA’s governor. He was previously arrested by Israeli forces in October 2019, in November 2019, and then again last April. Israel occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community. The Palestinians consider East Jerusalem as the de jure capital of the State of Palestine, although the city remains under Israeli occupation until today. (rh)22/7/2020
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Demolitions in Hebron, Beit Hanina, A-Ram and Jabal Mukabar; continued attacks on IssawiyaYair Ron - ta`ayush 2013 - Demolition orders were issued for a structure designated for Corona-virus tests and treatment, at the entrance to Hebron, where 70% of all Covid-19 cases in the Palestinian Occupied Territories are concentrated - construction materials were confiscated in situ by the Israeli army; as arrests and violent suppression of demonstrations continue in West Jerusalem, the police continues to attack the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, where arrests and injuries were reported this week; home demolitions are ongoing in Beit Hanina, A-Ram and Jabal Mukabar – neighborhoods of East Jerusalem; eviction orders have been issued to two families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in favor of a settler-colonist association. [bz] 21/7/2020
Help the Sumarin Family Go to Israel`s Supreme CourtDonna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - We can do this. On Wed, July 15th, our legal aid fund for the Sumarin`s will be competing against 400 other projects to win a $10K Bonus... [bz] 14/7/2020
Expulsion of the Sumarin Family - Jerusalem Offers a Grim Model for a Post-Annexation Future New York Times / Associated Press - The Sumarin family has been locked in a 30-year legal battle to prove ownership of their home in Silwan, an east Jerusalem neighborhood coveted by Jewish settlers because of its proximity to holy sites. When the original owner died in the 1980s, the property was deemed to have "an absentee landlord" because his four children lived in Jordan. The Israeli branch of the Jewish National Fund then purchased the property from the state in 1991. Last week, a court ordered the family to vacate the property by mid-August and to pay around $5,800 in court fees. Family members say the original owner left it to his nephew, who was born and raised there, and from whom they are descended. The extended family living in the home, which now includes 15 men, women and children, says it will appeal the decision. “Who’s absent? We’re right here. I’ve been here for 40 years," said Amal Sumarin, the wife of the nephew`s son. “Where are the families with their children supposed to go? Every house built in Silwan is under threat.” [ak] 9/7/2020
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Annex and Disposses - Use of the Absentees’ Property Law to Dispossess Palestinians of their PropertyHagit Ofran - Peace Now - This report examines various Israeli governments’ use of the Absentees’ Property Law in East Jerusalem, to dispossess Palestinians of their properties and to populate them with settlers. The method worked as follows: Settler-related bodies recruited people to declare that the owners of certain properties were absentee landlords. These affidavits were passed onto the Custodian for Absentees’ Property, who deemed that they were indeed absentees’ assets without any further inspection. Thereafter, the absentees’ assets were passed onto the JNF, which passed them onto settlers. The Palestinian families living in these properties discovered that their homes were sold by the state to settlers, upon receiving lawsuits from the settlers or the JNF by the mail, demanding that they vacate the house. [bz]9/7/2020
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FACT SHEET: The Sumarin Family Home in Jerusalem and Why it MattersDonna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - We are concerned [for the Sumarin family, but also] that, if the government of Israel permits the misapplication of the Absentee Property Law in the case of the Sumarin family, it will be emboldened to further improperly apply it in any area that Israel acquires unilaterally, through the proposed annexation of West Bank territories. [bz]9/7/2020
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Urge U.S. elected officials to recognize the Sumarin Family`s right to their homeAsk them to make two calls on your behalf: one to the U.S. State Department and one to the Israeli Embassy9/7/2020
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A Family to be Evicted from their HomeIr Amim - The Sumarin family`s home was built by Musa Sumarin during the time of Jordanian rule over East Jerusalem and he lived there until his death in 1984. (...) In the late 1980`s, an affidavit was filed with the Custodian of Absentee Property, an authority within the Ministry of Finance, attesting that Musa Sumarin was an "absentee" landowner (...) and his property [inhabited by his family] was transferred to the Keren Kayemet L`Yisrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) who demanded the property empty - the beginning of a 30-year legal debate. [bz]7/7/2020
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