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Dozens of Settlers Intrude on Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMCnews - Extremist Israeli settlers, backed by Israeli special forces and rapid intervention troops, continued on Wednesday morning with ritual intrusions into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, via the Moroccan gate. Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that Israeli police opened the gate at 7:30 am, in preparation for the settlers’ arrival.-rh21/2/2018
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The Jerusalem AnomalyNir Hasson - PALESTINE-ISRAEL JOURNAL - Today’s Jerusalem is a place of administrative and governmental anomaly, where residents of the eastern half of the city do not have the same status, benefits, or public systems.-rh21/2/2018
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Gaza’s women stand up to Trump and IsraelSarah Algherbawi - Electronic Intifada "Randa Harara is adamant that she will stand up to Israel’s forces of occupation again – once she has made a recovery. On 11 December, Randa – aged 21 – was shot by a sniper hiding at Nahal Oz, a military checkpoint separating Gaza from Israel. She was taking part in a protest against the announcement by Donald Trump, the US president,that he recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital... An accountancy student at Al-Azhar University and a campaigner with the Progressive Student Action Front in Gaza, Randa knows that the cost of confronting Israel can be high." ca16/2/2018
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Omar al-Abed, Palestinian teen who killed 3 settlers in July, sentenced to life in prisonMa`an News Agency - "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... The Israeli government has long faced criticism for its response to attacks, with rights groups saying severe security measures amount to collective punishment and a violation of international law." ca16/2/2018
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Trump tells Israel peace means compromiseReuters - Ynetnews "I think that both sides will have to make significant compromises in order for achieving a peace deal to be possible,” Trump added, without elaborating...Friedman, among the top Trump advisers who promoted the Jerusalem move, is a former contributor to settler causes.In addition to east Jerusalem, Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state and see Israel’s Jewish settlements there as a major obstacle. Israel disputes this. " ca9/2/2018
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Ad campaign in Jerusalem against employment of ArabsYishai Porat - Ynetnews "A movement leading an ad campaign in Jerusalem against the employment of Arabs has petitioned the High Court of Justice against the Welfare and Labor Ministry`s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after the government agency ordered it to take down its ads." ca9/2/2018
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Slow death for Gaza cancer patients cut off from careTamara Aburamadan - Electronic Intifada "The only hospital in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that can provide the kind of care Abdullah needs is Augusta Victoria, in East Jerusalem, part of the occupied West Bank. But in late October, the hospital stopped receiving patients from the West Bank beyond East Jerusalem, as well as from Gaza, informing those with previous referrals not to try to make their way to Jerusalem.Hospital administrators told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights that the decision had been made after the Palestinian Authority health ministry in the West Bank failed to pay monies owed to the private hospital.Mohammed Bseiso, a lawyer with the rights group, told The Electronic Intifada that of the hundreds of patients referred to Augusta Victoria every month from Gaza, no more than “about 50-70 percent” are granted permits." ca 9/2/2018
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Army Demolishes A Home In JerusalemIMEMC News - "The army said the property was built without a construction permit, while the family has been filing appeals with courts in an attempt to save their property." - id7/2/2018
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Palestinian official Erekat tells UN Ambassador Haley to “shut up”Alex Christoforou - The Duran - Veteran Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat blasted the American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley for a recent speech, which he said amounted to fomenting a coup against Palestinian Authority Presdident Mahmud Abbas: “Nikki Haley called for overthrowing the democratically elected Palestinian president. She needs to shut up and realize that the Palestinian leadership is not the problem.(...). We don’t seek a confrontation or a fight with the US administration. On the contrary — they are the ones taking several steps, since the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital. The US administration is itself saying that it’s not an honest broker in the peace process. Therefore, we are seeking, together with international parties, to convene an international conference for peace.” [ak]6/2/2018
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Israeli Army Violently Subdues Protests against Pence Visit, Jerusalem Decision IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers reportedly took over the rooftops of a number of homes, and attacked residents with tear gas canisters and stun grenades, causing many to suffocate. A general strike was observed throughout Palestine on Tuesday, in protest." - id 24/1/2018
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Human Rights Watch: Pence Ignored ‘Entrenched Discrimination’ against Palestinians IMEMC - "“One cannot speak of safeguarding persecuted minorities in the region and turn a blind eye to Israel’s two-tiered system in Jerusalem,” she continued. However, they were all Palestinians, but now they are only 37 per cent of the population."" - id 24/1/2018
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EU supports Abbas on East Jerusalem as Palestinian capitalReuters/Jerusalem Post - Meeting with Palestinian president Abbas provided a chance for the EU to reiterate its rejection of Trump`s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel`s capital. "I want to reassure President Abbas of the firm commitment of the European Union to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states", Mogherini said - calling on those involved in the process to speak and act "wisely", "with a sense of responsibility".Deputy German Foreign Minister Michael Roth told reporters that Trump`s decision had made peace talks harder but said all sides needed to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, Abbas` call for the European Union to immediately and officially recognize a state of Palestine was unlikely to be answered, two senior EU diplomats said. [ak]23/1/2018
Arab Knesset Members forced out of the plenum for protesting during US Vice President`s speechMaya Yagoda - The Independent - Arab MPs were forcibly removed by ushers after protesting at the the Israeli parliament`s hall during US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech. The lawmakers heckled Mr Pence and brandished signs which read: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine”. PM Netanyahu branded the boycott "a disgrace". He and other parliamentarians stood to applaud Mr Pence during the disturbance. However, a commentator on Israeli Channel 1 TV remarked that the footage of the Arab Knesset Members being forcibly removed might be the most enduring image left of Pence`s otherwise bland visit. [ak]23/1/2018
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Palestinians in Kufr Aqab: `We live here just to wait`Jaclynn Ashly - Aljazeera - Kufr Aqab and Shuafat refugee camp are neglected by the Jerusalem municipality, but beyond the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Police are absent and municipal services are limited. "All of these people are living here solely to keep their Jerusalem IDs," Moien Odeh, a Jerusalem-based legal expert, told Al Jazeera, gesturing to a sea of high-rise buildings in Kufr Aqab. The lack of available land means that these homes are built higher and higher to accommodate an exploding population, estimated to be about 65,000. Most Palestinians here are escaping a housing crisis and soaring prices in Jerusalem, while couples with mixed IDs - Jerusalem and West Bank - are forced to live in the area simply to stay together.-rh 10/1/2018
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Israeli Police, Soldiers and Security Officials Prevent a Forum In Occupied Jerusalem IMEMC - "The soldiers and police officers surrounded the hotel, and prevented the Palestinians from entering it, in addition to invading its halls, and confiscating the conference signs."- id 10/1/2018
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Israel Accused Of Revoking Thousands Of Jerusalem Residency Permits From PalestiniansDANIEL ESTRIN - NPR - According to an August report by Human Rights Watch, Israel has revoked the residency status of at least 14,595 Palestinians in East Jerusalem since Israel captured the territory from Jordan in 1967. The group cited data that lawyers and rights groups collected from Israel`s Interior Ministry through freedom of information requests and court cases.-rh 10/1/2018
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Israel Step Closer to Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only CityRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state" [ry]8/1/2018
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Trump, The UN, And The Future Of JerusalemRichard Falk - Countercurrents - This post is the modified text of an interview on behalf of the Tasnim News Agency in Iran as conducted by Mohammed Hassani. It tries to assess the wider implications of the UN reaction to Trump’s December 6th decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to follow this by relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.]-rh3/1/2018
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Israel’s Donald John Trump Station and Wailing Walls Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "To honor POTUS Trump for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv; Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced Israel’s Donald John Trump Station and the digging of a railway tunnel under Jerusalem’s Old City next to the Western Wall. Jerusalem’s Western Wall and Israel’s Separation Wall are both known as Wailing Walls." - id 3/1/2018
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Palestine recalls US envoy after Trump`s Jerusalem moveAl Jazeera.com - Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian Liberation Organization envoy to Washington, DC, was "recalled for consultations". In diplomatic practice, such a "recall for consultations" is a way of expressing grave displeasure while still stopping short of a complete severance of diplomatic relations. It is part of the new assertive Palestinian posture towards the US, with Palestinian officials declaring they will "no longer accept" any peace plan put forward by the Americans. It also shows the Palestinians not intimidated by threats made in Congress to altogether close down the PLO Washington office. [ak]2/1/2018
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