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More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenshipAP - Ynet - Fearing they would lose their residency rights and the freedom of movement these rights entail, Palestinians seek citizenship in greater numbers. But Israel was apparently dragging its feet in granting it, according to those who track Palestinian applicants. Lawyers said their Palestinian clients now wait months for an appointment with the Interior Ministry and an average of three years for a decision. [bz]25/3/2017
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Israeli policeman caught on video headbutting, beating PalestinianNadine Dahan - Middle East Eye - An Israeli police officer has been placed on `immediate leave` after a video released on Thursday showed he had head-butted and brutally beaten a Palestinian truck driver during an argument about parking. The attack happened in the Palestinian area of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem. The officer, a member of the Yasam reconnaissance unit, head-butts then repeatedly slaps the truck driver as he is trying to speak. Several Arab workers are seen attempting to diffuse the situation, causing the officer to kick out towards them violently, shouting "get out of here, all of you". [bz]25/3/2017
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Dozens of Israelis and Palestinians protested in the Jerusalem MarathonThe Arab Daily News - "The route of the marathon as in previous years extends beyond the 1967 seam line and disrupts the lives of many Palestinians, who are not party to the celebration.Here are photos from the protests: http://thearabdailynews.com/2017/03/17/dozens-israelis-palestinians-protest-jerusalem-marathon/ 22/3/2017
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Collective punishment: IOF close down Palestinian’s family house with cementPNN - Palestine News Network - "In addition, the cabinet had decided to not return Qunber’s body to his family. As a collective punishment measure as well, IOF had tightened restrictions over entering and leaving the town, and threatened with administrative detention anyone who shows support for the operative." - id 22/3/2017
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In Precedent-setting Ruling, Israel`s Top Court Recognizes East Jerusalem Arabs as `Native-born Residents` Nir Hasson - Haaretz - The ruling`s significance is in the fact that the justices accepted the principle argued by Abdulhak`s attorneys that East Jerusalem residents are not immigrants but have rights due to the fact they were born in the city. Experts say the ruling may bear significance for similar cases involving Palestinians seeking to return to the city. Over 14,000 Arabs have had their residency rights revoked since 1967 because they were absent from Jerusalem for more than 7 years. [bz]18/3/2017
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Israel to Give Highest Honor to Leader of Group That Settles Jews in Arab Jerusalem Yarden Skop&Nir Hasson - Haaretz "Israel will give its highest civilian honor to the director of the Ir David Foundation, commonly known as Elad, which works to settle Jews in East Jerusalem and operates controversial archaeological projects outside the Old City, Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Thursday." ca17/3/2017
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Israel briefly detains Palestinian ex-negotiator Associated Press - Ynet - "Khalil Tufagji, a prominent Palestinian cartographer, said police entered his office early Tuesday and confiscated computers and files before taking him away...Tufagji is a former peace negotiator and is considered the foremost Palestinian expert on Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas claimed by the Palestinians for a future state." - id 15/3/2017
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East Jerusalem schools declare strike on Tuesday protesting Israeli dictatesWAFA - The West Jerusalem municipality is also trying to impose Israeli curriculum on Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem and had already censored many of the school textbooks provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Education by removing entire pages it deemed offensive to its occupation. [bz]14/3/2017
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Fatah spokesperson: Situation in East Jerusalem `has become unbearable`Ma`an - “Israel is attempting in all ways to provoke the emotions of the Palestinian people and push them towards a new confrontation,” Abu Ziyad said, noting the controversial ‘Muezzin bill,’ the “execution of Palestinian activist Basel al-Araj,” and the killing of Ibrahim Matar on Monday. Abu Ziyad rejected Israel’s version of events surrounding Matar’s death -- in which Israeli police claimed that “a terrorist” stabbed and injured two officers with knife -- highlighting eyewitness accounts saying that the altercation between Matar and the police was “under control” and that Matar could have been detained without the use of lethal force. [bz]14/3/2017
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Family of Palestinian slain in Jerusalem: ‘Our son was executed in cold blood’Ma`an - Members of Matar’s family have demanded that Israeli authorities release security camera footage of the incident. The family home was raided and both of slain Ibrahim’s parents, his brother Rida, and his uncle Mahmoud detained. Israeli forces locked the house and took the keys with them. [bz] 14/3/2017
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Palestinian killed by Israeli police in East JerusalemAl Jazeera - Israeli police say they shot Palestinian dead after two border guards were attacked with a knife [ry]13/3/2017
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Israeli police arrest three Islamic Awqaf personnel in JerusalemWAFA - "The three are employees of the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, in charge of managing the administrative affairs at the compound." - id8/3/2017
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Miri Regev presents the official logo marking 50 years since the liberation of JerusalemMoran Azulay - Ynet - Minister Miri Regev presents the symbol that will adorn the official stationery of the various government ministries in the upcoming year; `The liberation of Jerusalem must be above political disputes` [ry]6/3/2017
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February: nine Palestinian-owned structures demolished in JerusalemAIC - Palestinian property owners describe shock at unexpected demolitions or else Israeli coercion to demolish their own homes with their own hands [ry]6/3/2017
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Army Abducts A Palestinian Near JerusalemIMEMC - "The invasion into the town is one of the dozens of invasions, and violent searches of homes, that escalated over two months ago, after the soldiers placed concrete block on the main road leading to it, and placed it under a strict military siege." - id3/3/2017
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Jabal Mukaber faces Israel`s collective punishmentYlenia Gostoli - Aljazeera - Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood have been threatened with residency revocation after recent attacks [ry]27/2/2017
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Palestinian children attend class in the street after Israel shuts down schoolMa’an News Agency - "After Israeli authorities shut down a Palestinian elementary school in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir last Thursday over alleged `incitement` in its study materials, students attended class in the street on Sunday and protested against Israel’s decision to close the school" [ry]27/2/2017
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Israeli High Court Allows Demolition Of Al-Qanbar Family Home In JerusalemIMEMC - "The Israeli High Court authorized, Thursday, the demolition of the family home of Fadi Ahmad al-Qanbar, who was killed six weeks ago, after ramming and killing four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem. The court said that the demolition was an “acceptable punishment,” and alleged that al-Qanbar family “knew about his intentions before he carried out the attack.” Fadi al-Qanbar, 20, was a former political prisoner from Jabal al- Mokabber, in occupied Jerusalem; he was killed on January 08, 2017, after ramming Israeli soldiers with his truck, killing four, and wounding two others." ca 24/2/2017
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How Booking.com is aiding Israel’s war crimesMieke Zagt - Electronic Intifada "Booking.com is headquartered in the Netherlands. It should, therefore, abide by Dutch and European Union law.In November 2015, the EU published guidelines for firms doing business in the Middle East. They state that the Union “does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories” it has occupied since 1967 – the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza and the Golan Heights – and “does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory.” ca 24/2/2017
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Palestinian homes to be demolished for settlments roadAseel Jundi - Aljazeera - ""It`s as if we are living in [two different worlds]. In Palestinian areas, it is like living in the third world, while those living in settlements built on the land of Jabal al-Mukaber are offered a life of comfort like first world countries."" - id 22/2/2017
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Inside a settler-run tour of an East Jerusalem tourist trapMatt Broomfield - Electronic Intifada "The so-called City of David is a leafy promontory, running out from the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Old City to bisect the Palestinian community of Silwan. The tourist trap and archaeological site is moments from the Western Wall, the Haram al-Sharif and al-Aqsa mosque." ca17/2/2017
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Israeli authorities demolish 3 buildings in East Jerusalem neighborhoodMa`an News - Israeli authorities have stepped up issuing demolition warrants for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, particularly after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat warned that the demolition of the illegal Israeli outpost of Amona in the occupied West Bank would be met with the mass demolition of Palestinian homes lacking the nearly impossible to obtain Israeli-issued building permits.-rh15/2/2017
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Palestinians in East Jerusalem battle for their homesJaclynn Ashly - Aljazeera - "Dozens of Palestinian families live with the constant threat of eviction by Israeli settler groups in the occupied city." - id 15/2/2017
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Reading the future of the West Bank in its contoursSarah Helm - The Guardian - The land of East Jerusalem tells a story of conflict and theft. As one mapmaker sees it, more is to come [ry]13/2/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Invade An Orphanage School In Jerusalem IMEMC - "...the orphanage school has recently been subject to various military invasions and the soldiers also abducted, and imprisoned, the headmaster and several students." - id8/2/2017
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Ashrawi conducts separate meetings with diplomatsPNN/ Ramallah - "PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi conducted separate meetings with Spanish Consul General Rafael Matos, US Deputy Consul General Dorothy Shea and Turkish Consul General Gürcan Türkoğlu.Dr. Ashrawi briefed the diplomats on the current political and regional developments, as well as Israel’s massive campaign of land theft and its enormous wave of settlement activities: “It is clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is creating facts on the ground and destroying the very foundations of the two-state solution and the chances for peace. We cannot afford four more years as Israel rushes to complete the unjust and illegal transformation and ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem and the final annexation of the Occupied West Bank." ca 3/2/2017
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Operation Chaos: Trump Will Ignite a Powder Keg in the Middle EastRamzy Baroud - Information Clearing House " "Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump is about to do just that, reversing an historical course that has been in the making for one hundred years. The inexperienced, demagogic politician hardly understands the danger that lies in his decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.If he goes through with this, he is likely to unleash an episode of chaos in an already volatile region.The move, which is now reportedly in the ‘beginning stages’, is not a mere symbolic one, as some naively reported in western mainstream media." ca 3/2/2017
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Fri. Feb. 3 - a visit to threatened Silwan 3/2/2017
Poll shows most Americans oppose embassy move to JerusalemThe Arab Daily News - "After Donald Trump took office, his administration continues to promise to move the embassy, despite warnings that it would predetermine any “final status” negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians." - id 1/2/2017
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US embassy relocation to Jerusalem `a war crime`Jonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera - "The message to the Palestinians and Arab world would be clear and provocative, said Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official and former Palestinian foreign minister. "Moving the embassy is the same as recognising Jerusalem as Israel`s united capital. It`s a war crime," he told Al Jazeera." - id 1/2/2017
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