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Jerusalem protests bring global attention to Israeli brutality Maureen Clare Murphy - Rights and Accountability - EI - "Videos and photos showing the brutality of Israel’s occupation are streaming out of Palestine and circulating across the world as protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem raged on for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday." - id 13/12/2017
The many casualties of Trump`s Jerusalem moveIshaan Tharoor - The Washington Post - And while Trump insists the move is critical to "advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement," it appears to have had exactly the opposite result. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to skip a meeting with Vice President Pence, who will be journeying to the Holy Land before Christmas. Pence will also be snubbed in Cairo by the head of Egypt`s Coptic Church as a result of Trump`s decision. French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have said they are jointly working to persuade the White House to reconsider. Meanwhile, protests continued in Palestinian areas and a number of Middle Eastern and Muslim-world capitals over the weekend. At least four people have been killed following Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip. On Sunday, demonstrators in Beirut clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy; at least eight people were hospitalized in the aftermath.13/12/2017
Over 130 Jewish Studies Scholars Criticize Trump’s Jerusalem Decision JTA -The Forward - More than 130 Jewish Studies scholars have signed a statement expressing “dismay” over U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The statement criticizes the Trump administration’s “decision to reverse decades of bipartisan U.S. policy by declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and authorizing the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, outside of a negotiated political framework that ends the legal state of occupation and ensures respect for the rights of all Israelis and Palestinians to Jerusalem.”.-rh 13/12/2017
After Jerusalem, the US Can No Longer Pretend to Be an Honest Broker of Peace : But that might not be a bad thing.Rashid Khalidi - The Nation - Every dark cloud has a silver lining. The torrent of complex problems that Donald Trump has unleashed by his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will plague United States policy and Middle East peace-making for many years. You cannot un- recognize a capital once you have recognized it. Whatever caveats he may offer, Trump has effectively accepted Israel’s annexation of vast swaths of the occupied West Bank into greater Jerusalem, and its declaration of this entire zone as its “eternal undivided capital.”-rh13/12/2017
Jerusalem Is (Is Not) the Capital of IsraelRICHARD FALK - Global Justice in the 21st century - The harm done by the Trump initiative on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and declared intention to start the process of moving the embassy is impossible to assess fully at this time. Whether there will be an upsurge in resistance violence, political extremism, anti- American terrorism, and wider warfare is now essentially unknowable, although the stage has been recklessly arranged so that these developments seem more likely to occur than earlier, and if they do, will be treated as outcomes of Trump’s faulty diplomacy.-rh13/12/2017
Arab leaders plan major response to Trump`s Jerusalem move Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Arabs and Muslims are responding with both actions and reactions to the decision of the Donald Trump administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While public protests have engulfed countries as close as Jordan and as far away as Morocco and Indonesia, political leaders are searching for actions they can take to respond to the unexpected large public protests and demands for action.-rh 13/12/2017
Tencent, Singulato, Cancel Visits to Israel Following Jerusalem Travel WarningAmarelle Wenkert and Orr Hirschauge - The Calcalist - Business delegations from Japan and China canceled planned visits to Israel this week due to safety concerns following a Wednesday announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump stating the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The announcement drew criticism from world leaders, and was followed by protests in Israel and elsewhere. -rh13/12/2017
Did Trump kill a Two-State Solution? He says no, Palestinians say yesMark Landler, David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner - New York Times - President Trump, in formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, declared that the US still supported a two-state solution, provided it was “agreed to by both sides.” For the first time in his 26 years as a peacemaker Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator for the Palestinians did not agree. Hitherto a steadfast advocate for a Palestinian state, Erekat said that Trump and Netanyahu “have managed to destroy that hope.” He embraced a radical shift in the P.L.O.’s goals — to a single state, but with Palestinians enjoying the same civil rights as Israelis, including the vote. “They’ve left us with no option,” he said. “This is the reality. We live here. Our struggle should focus on one thing: equal rights.” [ak] 12/12/2017
No Palestinian state and no capital in Jerusalem, the new American-Israeli consensusMenachem Klein - +972 - Trump has exempt Israel from all commitments to international law and UN Security Council resolutions, which established that annexing Jerusalem and the settlements are both illegitimate and unlawful. Abbas’ inevitable conclusion is clear: the U.S. has moved from acting as mediator to blind, open support for the Israeli Right. The peace process as we knew it, since it began ceremoniously on the White House lawn in September 1993, has come to an end. We must find a new way. [bz] 12/12/2017
Trump`s pragmatic move Yossi Beilin - Israel Hayom - You don`t have to be a billionaire to understand that when the time comes to make a deal, both sides will need to make concessions. Trump could seemingly have kept the recognition of Jerusalem as an Israeli achievement to be had in return for concessions, but he may have decided instead to initiate a move that gives Israel an early achievement in order for him to be able to demand something in return when he presents both sides with a diplomatic plan. [bz]12/12/2017
Pence Prepares Mideast Visit, but neither Palestinian leaders nor Christian groups want him Jack Khoury - Haaretz - "The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision" said President Abbas` diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi. Therefore, Abbas is not going to meet U.S. Vice President Pence who arrives in the region next week. Originally, Palestinian Christians intended to meet Pence, who is close to American Christian Evangelical groups, and present to him their views as being "the original Christians, the first ones". However, these Palestinian Christians were also offended by Pence supporting Trump`s "Jerusalem Declaration". "We see Pence standing behind Trump as he announced Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and saying this not political, or legal or even security based, but this is Biblical and this about the ordain of God . If you believe you know His will then it shuts the discussion" said Palestinian adviser Husam Zomlot. Now, there will be no Pence meeting with Christians in Bethlehem, either. [ak] 12/12/2017
Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinains overnight from West Bank, East JerusalemMa`an - In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians, according to locals. In the Shufat Refugee camp, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians. They were identified as Nizar Muhammad Ali, Ammar Abu al-Saad, and Zaki Muhammad Ali. Another resident of the camp, identified as Ahmad al-Rajabi, was detained by israeli forces while he was walking on Salah al-Din Street near the Old City late Monday night. Also on Monday night, Israeli forces detained Moussa Jamal Qadamani after shooting and injuring him with live fire during clashes in the al-Suwwana neighborhood of East Jerusalem. [bz]12/12/2017
Jerusalem ExplainedPatrick Cockburn - CounterPunch - “There was always a contrast between Jerusalem as a small shabby city and its status as a great symbolic centre for three religions. It seemed to be dwarfed by its history” [ry]11/12/2017
Jerusalem, the Capital of ApartheidRan HaCohen - AntiWar - “Since the fall of the South African Apartheid in 1994, no capital – in fact, no other city on the globe – has been divided into 60% first-class full citizens and 40% second-class ‘residents’. Precisely this, however, is the essence of `united` Jerusalem” [ry]11/12/2017
Video: Israeli crackdown brings protests in Jerusalem to standstillHarry Fawcett - Al Jazeera - "Protests over the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital have largely stopped in the city, after a heavy Israeli crackdown. Israeli authorities carried out extensive ID checks and cracked down on any use of the Palestinian flag" [ry] 11/12/2017
Abbas urges UN to stop Trump from recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capitalMa`an News Agency - "Abbas, the King of Jordan, and several other world leaders warned of dangerous consequences and instability in the region if Trump follows through with the announcement...If implemented, the move would be seen as the first step to a drastic abdication of longstanding US policy that has largely adhered to international standards on Israel-Palestine, which maintains that East Jerusalem is an intricate part of occupied Palestinian territory and the capital of any future Palestinian state, despite Israel’s annexation of the territory." ca8/12/2017
Oh Jerusalem: Requiem for the two-state solutionOmar Karmi - Electronic Intifada "(Trump said the two parties) must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is absolutely, totally unbreakable.” While few Palestinians doubted this anyway, some held out hope that simply through the force of moral persuasion, sympathy for the underdog, legality and in the interests of international order, someone, somewhere in Washington would listen, eventually." ca8/12/2017
Jerusalemites will be the ones to pay the price for Trump`s decisionYehudit Oppenheimer - +972 "Trump’s declaration has already caused great damage, but it will not change the fact that two nations live and will continue to live in Jerusalem, and that any solution will need to take into consideration the interests of both peoples and their connections to the city." ca8/12/2017
Protests across the West Bank and Jerusalem attacked by Israeli military; 50 injuredIMEMEC- "Following Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday that Jerusalem is an Israeli city, effectively denying the rights of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who have lived there since time immemorial, protests erupted in cities and towns across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip." CA8/12/2017
East Jerusalem ‘Must Be Recognized as Capital of Independent Palestine,’ Insists PAThe Palestine Chronicle - Any just solution [for the Israeli- Palestinian conflict] must recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state, a spokesman of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas insisted on Friday.“Tension and chaos will continue dominating the region and the world as long as the Palestinian issue remains unresolved,” Nabil Abu-Rudeineh told Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, adding: “The international legitimacy, which recognized the state of Palestine in the UN General Assembly on November 29, 2012 and delegitimized the occupation, will alone create an appropriate atmosphere for resolving all the crises in the region and regain the balance of US-Arab relations.”-rh6/12/2017
Trump`s dangerous Jerusalem gambitDaoud Kuttab - Al-Jazeera - "But while the US has always been pro-Israel, it tried, at least in theory, to adhere to international law and the worldwide consensus while dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." - id 6/12/2017
Trump`s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital is politically dangerous and morally egregiousYousef Munayyer - US Campaign for Palestinian Rights - Trump has just upended decades of US foreign policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This effectively hands Israel a blank political check for its illegal annexation of Jerusalem and legitimizes Israel’s ongoing displacement and disenfranchisement of the city’s Palestinian residents. Trump’s move is politically dangerous, and morally egregious.-rh 6/12/2017
Trump Denounced for `Reckless, Irresponsible` Decision to Move US Embassy to JerusalemJessica Corbett - truthout - Critics warned of violent consequences and immediately condemned President Donald Trump on Tuesday after it was reported he told regional leaders the US will recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and relocate the US Embassy in the coming months.-rh6/12/2017
Absent in the clamor about Jerusalem are the Palestinians of JerusalemSamer Badawi - +972 - "In Arab capitals speculation turns to panic about Trump’s expected reversal of policy on Jerusalem. Meanwhile, nobody seems to be talking about — or to — the Palestinians of Jerusalem, whose daily reality of occupation will remain irrespective of what comes next." - id 6/12/2017
Trump’s Jerusalem Plan UnravelsRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "For a reason known only to the Mind of Trump, he announced last Friday that he would tell the world on Wednesday that the U.S. would relocate its embassy to Jerusalem and henceforth recognize the holy city as the capital of Israel. If he released this policy announcement as a way to test the waters, it went over like a lead balloon." - id 6/12/2017
Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arsonJonathan Freedland - The Guardian - ot content with taking the US to the brink of nuclear conflict with North Korea, Donald Trump is now set to apply his strategy of international vandalism to perhaps the most sensitive geopolitical hotspot in the world. With a speech scheduled for later today that’s expected to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and reaffirm a pledge to move the US embassy to the city, he is walking into a bone-dry forest with a naked flame.-rh6/12/2017
TRUMP’S CHANGE OF US POLICY ON JERUSALEM UNDERMINES PEACE EFFORTS, COULD LEAD TO VIOLENCEJ Street - President Trump’s announcement today that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an unhelpful step with no tangible benefits, only serious risks. Contradicting decades of bipartisan presidential policy, it does nothing to advance, and could seriously undermine, the administration’s stated commitment to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while potentially threatening Israel’s security and alienating Arab regional partners.- rh6/12/2017
Tensions mount over Trump`s Jerusalem brinkmanship The Guardian - In an act of brinkmanship over one of the Middle East’s most fraught issues, President Trump appears to have missed a deadline for signing a waiver on a US law requiring its embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. This does not automatically mean that the Embassy would now be moved, but it does increase the tension and uncertainty. Either moving the Embassy or declaring a US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital would have serious repercussions in the Middle East and likely abort altogether the Middle East diplomatic initiative which Trump was supposed to launch in the near future. The Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, The Arab League, Turkey, the EU and French President Macron have all warned Trump against unilaterally determining the status of Jerusalem. However, as usual with this President, no one - not even Trump himself - knows what he is going to do. [ak]5/12/2017
`It took them 10 minutes to destroy what I built in a lifetime`Orly Noy - +972 - “I have been submitting requests to delay the demolition since 2010,” says Issam, father of eight. “The demolition order applied to the 30 meters around the house. I told them several times that I would demolish those 30 meters by myself. They told me ‘don’t do anything.’ Last Wednesday they came unannounced and began demolishing. I told their work manager that the order only applied to the 30 meters. He responded, ‘don’t even talk to me, I know what to do,’ and destroyed the entire house. (...) My wife stood by and cried, she begged them to at least let us remove a few things from the house, but they did not allow it.” The olive, apple, and lemon trees that stood in the yard were also destroyed in the melee. (...) Later, as we stand at the gate outside the home, six-year-old Nour walks up to me and says in a near-whisper: “The bicycle, too."[bz]5/12/2017
Raised to rebelBudour Youssef Hassan - Electronic Intifada "The occupied East Jerusalem suburb of Issawiyeh has long been a flashpoint for confrontations between Israeli soldiers and its Palestinian residents.But even by Israel’s repressive standards, the crackdown to which the town has been subjected over the past three years has been extreme...The Issawi family is as deeply engaged in this grassroots resistance effort as any in Issawieyh. Tareq, 77, and Layla Issawi, 70, have a large family. Six of their children – Rafaat, Medhat, Samer, Firas, Shireen and Shadi – have been imprisoned by Israel at different times; another, Fadi, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers when he was 16." ca 3/12/2017
A Call for Solidarity from Kufr AqabIMEMCnews - Six residential buildings in the Kufr Aqab neighbourhood, in Jerusalem, are currently facing demolition orders by Israeli authorities. The neighbourhood is the northernmost part of Jerusalem, but is separated from the rest of Jerusalem by the Apartheid Wall. Most of the residents have Jerusalem IDs allowing them to enter the city, which sets them apart from most of the Palestinians living in the West Bank.-rh29/11/2017
Bedouins of West Bank`s Jabal al-Baba face displacement, againHarry Fawcett - Al-Jazeera - "A legal challenge is underway, though. Its author, Netta Amar-Shiff, a lawyer with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is optimistic that it will at least delay any demolitions." - id 29/11/2017
Entire Bedouin Community to be Evicted in JerusalemIMEMC - "The Israeli Civil Administration offered the residents of Jabal al-Baba material temptations to transfer to them the so-called “Jerusalem Gate” on the land of Abu Dis residents, but they were refused. The last attempt was about a month ago, when Israeli forces demolished four houses and tried to get signatures from the population, to find an alternative for them. But, the citizens refused, and, so, Israeli  authorities began issuing eviction orders and deportations for the entire community." - id 29/11/2017
65 Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC News & Agencies - "About 65 settlers and three members of Israeli security entered the compound in several groups, staging provocative tours in various areas of the yards, according to the Department of Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem" [ry]27/11/2017
The colour-coded Israeli ID system for PalestiniansLinah Alsaafin - Aljazeera - The clear delineator that has separated and dictated the lives of these Palestinians is the colour-coded identification system issued by the Israeli military and reinforced in 1981 through its Civil Administration branch. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip have green IDs - generally issued once they turn 16 - while Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Israel have blue IDs. The cards affect everything from freedom of movement to family unity.-rh22/11/2017
Soldiers invade residential towers slated for demolitionIMEMC - Dozens of Israeli Army Corps of Engineers as well as engineers of the Jerusalem City Council and Border Police troops invaded the al- Matar neighborhood of East Jerusalem and broke into apartments in residential towers. The soldiers took personal information from the residents, informed them that the towers were slated for demolition because of “proximity to the Annexation Wall,” and “being built without permits“, and made measurements in preparation for the demolition. Altogether, six residential buildings of approximately 140 apartments are to be destroyed, as well as a local mosque. [ak]21/11/2017
Israeli forces target Palestinian schools, teachers in East Jerusalem and HebronSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Israeli police forces entered Zahwat al- Quds school in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, arresting the principal of the school as well as three teachers in front of students, before closing down the school and instructing parents to find alternative facilities for their children, according to Palestinian official media, Wafa.The events in East Jerusalem came one day after Israeli forces detained several teachers in the southern Hebron Hills on their walk to school, again in the presence of their students.-rh16/11/2017
MK Azaria: Barkat is letting electoral considerations blow up Jerusalem Israel National News (Arutz-7) - Knesset Member Rachel Azaria (Kulanu) has criticized Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, following a TV report that Barkat intends to demolish an entire residential neighborhood in East Jerusalem`s Kufr Akeb and evict hundreds of residents from their homes. As reported, Barkat asked the army`s help in blowing up eight "illegal" residential buildings, seven floors high each. [ak] 14/11/2017
Palestinian demolishes own home in Jerusalem to avoid Israeli finesMa’an News Agency - “The municipality began issuing demolition orders and indictments to homes in al-Bustan in 2005 as part of the Israeli authorities` plan to establish the Jewish site ‘King David’s Garden’ in Silwan and around the ‘Holy Basin,’ which includes many Christian and Muslim holy sites” [ry]13/11/2017
‘Creeping Annexation’: Why Israel Shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’Ramzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “The Bill proposed to expand the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem to include major illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including Ma’aleh Adumim and the Gush Etzion settlement cluster. Moreover, it endeavored to bring 150,000 Jewish settlers into Jerusalem as eligible voters, who would have naturally tipped the political scene more to the right. Concurrently, the law would have further demoted the status of 100,000 Palestinians, who would find themselves in a political gray area” [ry]13/11/2017
Israel To Build 240 New Colonialist Units In East Jerusalem IMEMC News - "Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem City Council Meir Turgeman, said that the city approved the construction of 150 units in Ramat Shlomo, north of East Jerusalem. The colony is inhabited approximately by 20.000 Israelis." - id9/11/2017
A room of our own: Building a new anti-racist space in JerusalemSahar Vardi - +972 - "As Jerusalem grows more hostile toward anything remotely left wing, Israeli and Palestinian activists are looking to create a new space for activists to meet, plan, and struggle to change the face of the city." - id 9/11/2017
A LIFESTYLE OF - As I struggled reaching the school , I finally found a building in the middle of what seemed like a graveyard . They are trying to make it look like a livable place by putting attractive colors and friendly drawings, thought to myself with a mockery attitude . How can people survive such a hole of obvious segregation. A few meters up is the great walk through of the best part of jerusalem, and yet, the people of the place live as if they are a part of an interactive scene that tourists can look at from above. 8/11/2017
Israeli Forces Raid, Shutdown School in Jerusalem, Detain Faculty MembersPalestine Chronicle - Chairman of al-Quds Committee of Students’ Parents Ziyad Al-Shamal, said Israeli soldiers raided the school, broke into classrooms while students were having classes, and detained three teachers and the school principle, spreading fear and panic among students.rh8/11/2017
Headmistress and teachers arrested, school closed East JerusalemIMEMC - Israeli police forces raided the Zahwat al-Quds school in Beit Hanina and its attached kindergarten, and detained the headmistress Muna al-Karrawi as well as two teachers. The three women were taken to a detention center. Later, parents were informed tthat the school is closed and they have to move their children elsewhere. [Israeli extreme right groups linked to the Jewish Home Party of Education Minister Naftali Bennet, are waging a vociferous campaign against "incitement" (i.e. manifestations of Palestinian national feeling) in the Palestinian school system of East Jerusalem. AK] 7/11/2017
Unprotected: The Detention of Palestinian Teenagers in East JerusalemB`tselem - "Palestinian teenagers from East Jerusalem are pulled out of bed in the middle of the night, unnecessarily handcuffed and then made to spend a long time waiting for their interrogation to begin. Only then, when they are tired and broken, are they taken in for lengthy interrogation sessions, without being given the opportunity to speak to a lawyer or their parents before the questioning begins and without understanding that they have the right to remain silent." - id1/11/2017
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