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A "Unified Jerusalem"? Reality gives a different pictureIr Amim - Jerusalem Day, the day marking the 53rd anniversary of the Israeli occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967, is celebrated by some as marking the “reunification” of Jerusalem, the everyday reality in the city is starkly different. At our event, Aviv Tatarsky, Ir Amim Senior Field Researcher, explained the ramifications on-the-ground of the Trump annexation plans of the Jerusalem area, while Mahmoud Mouna, (a Palestinian East Jerusalemite active in the cultural scene, shared about the collective and individual Palestinian experiences of the current situation in East Jerusalem and the fears and hopes they have for the future. [ak]26/5/2020
VIDEO: Settlers Hold Parade While Soldiers Assault Palestinians in JersualemAli Salam - IMEMCnews - "Israeli security forces, on Friday, blocked several streets in occupied Jerusalem as illegal Israeli settlers provocative March outside Jaffa Gate, celebrated the so-called “reunification of Jerusalem as capital of Israel”, Quds News reported" [ry] 25/5/2020
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Ahead of Jerusalem Day, report of Israeli landgrab, abuse and violence in the neighborhood of al-‘EsawiyahAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - As Jerusalem Day nears, B`Tselem is publishing a new report about the Israeli policy that has shaped the lives of al-’Esawiyah’s 22,000 Palestinian residents, making it one of the city’s poorest and most overcrowded neighborhoods. The report, This is Jerusalem: Violence and Dispossession in al- ‘Esawiyah, reviews the key features of this policy – systemic landgrab and deliberate lack of planning: Since 1967, Israel has overtaken about 90% of al-’Esawiyah’s land, which once spanned almost 2,500 acres. The landgrab is a key reason for the neighborhood’s poverty, as residents are denied the opportunity to benefit from their land. The stolen land serves the Jewish public. Al-’Esawiyah residents now have less than 250 acres, which are mostly built up and hemmed in by Israeli institutions (primarily the Hebrew University and Hadassah Mt. Scopus Medical Center) and Jewish neighborhoods. The Jerusalem Municipality has yet to draw up a proper outline plan that allows legal residential construction and reflects residents’ needs, including infrastructure development and public buildings. Instead, the only plan approved for the neighborhood, in 1991, was mostly designed to limit construction.[ak]19/5/2020
Dawn of a New Era? Jerusalem and Its Palestinian Residents Joining Forces to Battle CoronavirusNir Hasson - Haaretz - Dr. Hagai Agmon-Snir, the director general of the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Center, which assists in the building of relationships between the authorities and Palestinian civil society, said that “The advantage of the coronavirus crisis is that it’s not linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and can be dealt while disregarding political considerations. “We see a trend in which the old orientalist concept, by which East Jerusalem is made up of villages, clans, and hostile Palestinian organizations, is being replaced by a new perspective – Jerusalem`s eastern part enables a civil society to flourish, and is home to activists and professionals, just like in the western part of the city," Agmon-Snir said. He added that the "old reality hasn`t completely vanished," but a civil society has been gradually forming in East Jerusalem. (rh)5/5/2020
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Drawing New Lines: Israel’s Unilateral Policies to Reshape JerusalemYehudit Oppenheimer and Betty Herschman - Palestine Israel Journal - Over the past several years, the government of Israel has intensified its two-pronged Jerusalem strategy to consolidate control over East Jerusalem while eroding the Palestinians’ hold on the city. Israel is actively working to redraw the boundaries of Jerusalem through legislation and political proposals to both territorially and demographically reshape the city. And it is asserting its power at the center of East Jerusalem by promoting an unprecedented number of touristic settlement initiatives inside Palestinian neighborhoods, evicting and uprooting Palestinian families, demolishing homes (throughout East Jerusalem), and tolerating pressure from messianic Temple movements to challenge the status quo on the Temple Mount/al- Haram al Sharif (rh)5/5/2020
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East Jerusalem scrambles to prevent COVID-19 outbreak before RamadanJudith Sudilovsky - +972 - Israel had weeks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in East Jerusalem. Instead, it dragged its feet in helping Palestinian hospitals, closed down testing sites, and blocked the PA from stepping in [ry] 27/4/2020
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East Jerusalem worries of healthcare collapse over coronavirus : With Israeli neglect and PA banned from operating, Palestinians in East Jerusalem battle coronavirus on their own.Mersiha Gadzo - Aljazeera - As the highly contagious coronavirus continues to spread, Palestinian health officials in occupied East Jerusalem are warning the medical system will "collapse" if an outbreak occurs because of a shortage of resources and a lack of qualified staff. Citing Israeli neglect of Palestinians living in the holy city and with the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) banned from operating in the area, Palestinians in East Jerusalem say they have been left to fend for themselves.(rh) 21/4/2020
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First coronavirus death in East Jerusalem amid Israeli `neglect`Al Jazeera - Palestinian officials say Arab population of occupied East Jerusalem overlooked by Israeli efforts to contain COVID-19 [ry] 20/4/2020
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Israel Shuts Palestinian Coronavirus Testing Clinic in East JerusalemNir Hasson - Haaretz - Until very recently, Israel neglected to act against the virus in East Jerusalem. Only after the PA filled the vacuum did Israel get a little bit started. But of course, clamping down on what Palestinians arranged for themselves could not even wait until the end of the Pesach Holiday. When doctors found out 40 confirmed cases in Silwan where overcrowded living conditions could lead to a rapid spread of the virus, a clinic was opened in a hall at one of the local mosques. The coronavirus tests were meant to be processed by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. But police arrived, questioned neighbors and arrested four activists who were involved in setting up the clinic. [bz] The clinic was opened in a hall at one of the local mosques. It was closed on Tuesday night because to the end-of-Passover curfew, but police officers nonetheless arrived, questioned neighbors and arrested four activists who were involved in setting up the clinic. [bz]16/4/2020
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From Covid-19 to the ‘Deal of the Century’ — Palestine and international lawYaser Alashqar - Mondoweiss - As of April 5th, the occupied Palestinian territories, Gaza and the West Bank including East Jerusalem, have registered 228 cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and one death. While COVID-19 represents a difficult challenge to advanced nations and their strong healthcare systems, it poses a more complex and dangerous challenge to conflict zones and occupied territories, such as Palestine. Decades of displacement, dispossession, conflict, military occupation and blockade have weakened existing medical services and systemically disregarded Palestinian rights to life and health. (rh)14/4/2020
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Abandoned by Israel, Jerusalem’s refugee camp is left to fight COVID-19 aloneYuval Abraham - +972 - With no tests, medical supplies, or isolation zones, the residents of Shuafat Refugee Camp are mobilizing to ensure they stay safe in the case of an outbreak [ry] 13/4/2020
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Coronavirus? Police, army and settlers continue with harassing Palestinians Michal Hai - This week in the Occupied Territories: March 29 - April 4, 2020. Israeli Police, Border Police and army persisted in their systemic harassment of the Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem this week, in the midst of the worsening Corona-virus crisis: placing checkpoints, firing sponge rounds and teargas, arresting locals and fining them; Hooligans from Havat Maon outpost were busy this week stealing from their Palestinian neighbors; Israeli soldiers violently arrested a Palestinian youth picking Ka`ub (globe thistle) near Palestinian Susya, even though it is no longer prohibited; settlers from the West Bank hill-range outposts are widening a path they have cleared around Rashash, inside a nature reserve and firing zones, as well as founding a new outpost – Israeli police and army called to the site responded by chasing away Palestinian shepherds, and fining activists and NGO workers who are permitted (by of the Israeli Ministry of Health regulations) on the ground in order to document illegal works. [ak] 9/4/2020
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