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B’tselem: Israel killed 290 Palestinians in 2018, most of them innocentsTimes of Israel - "In a brief report, the group said that Israeli troops killed 254 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including two women and 47 minors; 34 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; and two in Israel." ca 19/1/2019
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Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa compound, mosques insideMa`an News Agency - "18 January 2019 - Israeli special forces and police raided the Al- Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccans Gate, on Thursday morning. Israeli forces raided the Marawani and Dome of the Rock mosques inside the compound. An Israeli policeman also attempted to enter the Dome of the Rock mosque wearing a kippah; Israeli forces then imposed closure on the compound for several hours." ca Israeli forces have been heavily deployed across the compound since early morning hours.19/1/2019
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Hundreds protest in Sheikh Jarrah against Palestinian evictionsMagazine staff - +972 "Residents of the neighborhood and activists with Free Jerusalem, a group organizing against Israel’s military occupation, initiated Friday’s action in order to bring attention to the families’ cases and to try and stop their evictions. Other organizations, including Peace Now and Combatants for Peace, also participated in the protest, said Sahar Vardi, an organizer with Free Jerusalem." ca19/1/2019
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A village under occupationSeth Herald - Electronic Intifada "Twenty years ago we worked with the Jerusalem municipality to organize building permits for sewer systems, streets and houses. Now there is almost no infrastructure and the occupation is the reason. The village infrastructure fits the population from 20 years ago but today it doesn’t.” Despite constant promises from the municipality to alleviate the economic deprivation, Abu al-Hummus said, redevelopment has been stagnant.“We pay taxes but we get no services.” ca 19/1/2019
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Jerusalem tensions rise without security coordinationDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "Israeli police closed part of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for seven hours Jan. 14 after a confrontation between guards and an Israeli policeman who tried to enter the Dome of the Rock shrine wearing a Jewish head covering, or kippah...Israeli policemen must remain outside Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif, and their security duties, legally defined as an occupying power, should be outside the gates of the holy site,” Kailani said." ca 19/1/2019
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VIDEO: Jerusalem in 2018IMEMC - "A recap on the events of the past year. Originally published by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, occupied East Jerusalem. (English subtitles.)" - id 17/1/2019
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PA: Arab-Israelis require permission to rent in West BankMa`an News Agency - "According to a statement issued by the Palestinian government at the weekly cabinet meeting in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, that this procedure is intended for organizational purposes only and it should take two weeks to give an answer after an application is submitted. "Anyone who wishes to rent out a property to a Palestinian who holds an Israeli ID card must obtain permission from [his or her local] authority.” ca11/1/2019
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Waqf Official In JerusalemIMEMC - "WAFA added that the soldiers cuffed the official, and took him to an interrogation center in the occupied city. The Palestinian authority condemned the abduction of the official, and the ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinians, their homes and lands, and their holy sites in occupied Palestine, including in the occupied capital, Jerusalem." - id10/1/2019
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Did the PA play a role in Jerusalem home sale to settlers?Mersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - A home in the Old City sold to settlers has raised questions about possible involvement of the Palestinian Authority [ry] 7/1/2019
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Jerusalem mayor plans to reduce the sound of mosque loudspeakersPNN - Palestine News Network - "This program is expected to go into effect in March, and the approved budget for each mosque will be NIS 50,000-70,000." - id3/1/2019
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Netanyahu: Brazil to move embassy to JerusalemAl Jazeera - Israeli leader claims Brazilian president told him that embassy relocation from Tel Aviv is a matter of `when, not if` [ry] 31/12/2018
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Israel Soldiers Abduct Twenty Palestinians In Jerusalem’s al-’IsawiyaIMEMC - "Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of the Follow-Up Committee in al-‘Isawiya, said dozens of soldiers surrounded the town, and were heavily deployed in many areas, especially on its main entrance, before invading it." - id20/12/2018
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Israeli Government ‘Puzzled’ Over Australia’s Recognition Of ‘West’ Jerusalem As CapitalCharles Bybelezer - The Medialine - The Israeli government welcomed with minimal enthusiasm Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision over the weekend to recognize “West” Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital. Notably, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed to release a statement on the matter, whereas the Foreign Ministry described the prospective opening of a trade and defense office in Jerusalem as a “step in the right direction.” For his part, Parliament Speaker Yuli Edelstein called the ordeal “puzzling.” Observers are attributing the modest response to Canberra’s decision to not formally relocate its embassy to the holy city and, perhaps more significantly, due to Morrison’s stated commitment to recognizing the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state in the eventuality of a peace agreement.-rh18/12/2018
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No Dramatic Makeover Can Turn Abu Dis Into the Capital of PalestineJONATHAN COOK - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - Any visitor venturing to this small West Bank town is confronted by a vast expanse of 26-feet-high concrete slabs—Israel’s so-called separation wall. Sections are charred black by fires residents set years ago in the hope of weakening the structure and bringing it down. Before the wall was erected more than a decade ago, Abu Dis had a spectacular view across the valley to Jerusalem’s Old City and the iconic golden-topped Dome of the Rock, little more than half a mile away. It was a few minutes’ drive—or an hour’s hike—to al-Aqsa, the third holiest mosque in Islam, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the reputed site of Jesus’ crucifixion. Now for many of the 13,000 inhabitants, Jerusalem might as well be on another planet. They can no longer reach its holy places, shops, schools or hospitals.-rh11/12/2018
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Palestinian Forced to Demolish his Home in East JerusalemJerusalem /PNN - "The demolition was ordered under the pretext that the family did not hold an Israeli-issued permit for the building of their home. It is one of many such demolitions carried out under the authority of the occupation municipality, displacing thousands of Palestinians in the last decade." ca8/12/2018
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Palestinian Family to be Evicted from its Silwan Home for Jewish SettlersIMEMC - "The Magistrate Court issued the eviction decision prior to a session for the High Court to rule on ownership of the land. Documents were submitted to the High Court proving that the land on which the house is built belongs to the late Jamil Siam, and not to the late Abu Zweir. The court has set the 8th of next month to deliberate on the matter. Abu Zweir’s heirs explained that they had been fighting a legal battle in Israeli courts, for 22 years, to prove ownership of the house and land and to refute claims, by the Elad settler group, of ownership of the property." - id6/12/2018
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Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - Last week dozens of Palestinians were arrested in Jerusalem, accused of working for the PA to stop house sales to the settlers. It is a quiet campaign of attrition, designed to wear down Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents. The hope is that they will eventually despair and relocate to the city’s distant suburbs outside the wall or into the West Bank. What Palestinians in Jerusalem urgently need is a reason for hope – and a clear signal that other countries will not join the US in abandoning them.-rh4/12/2018
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After a decade, evictions set to return in Sheikh JarrahOren Ziv - +972 - Residents of Sheikh Jarrah are bracing for a new wave of evictions, ten years after Israeli settlers attempted to take over Palestinian homes in the embattled East Jerusalem neighbourhood.-rh4/12/2018
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Palestinian demolishes own structures in JerusalemMa`an - The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Ahmad Siyam was forced to demolish his property of a storehouse, a garage and stairs, in the Ein al-Luza area, upon order by the Israeli municipality under the pretext that the structures were built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit. (...) For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem`s illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars. [bz]4/12/2018
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Inequality in the Holy City: Palestinians, Jews, and Jerusalem Partners for a Progressive Israel invites you to join our webinar Conversations with Isreal and Palestine. On Wednesday, December 5 @12:30PM EST: Inequality in the Holy City - Palestinians, Jews, and Jerusalem with Aziz Abu Sarah - recent mayoral candidate for Al-Quds Lana ("Our Jerusalem") and Gershon Baskin - longtime peace activist, author, public speaker, and Jerusalemite. Modreator: Hillel Schenker, Co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal. This online discussion can be accessed via your computer or by phone.4/12/2018
In video - Israeli MK, settlers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for HanukkahMa’an News Agency - "An ultra-Orthodox Israeli Knesset member, Yehuda Glick, along with dozens of Israeli settlers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, on Monday, for the Jewish holiday of Hannukah" [ry] 3/12/2018
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Palestinian governor of Jerusalem released to house arrest Al Jazeera - Adnan Gheith`s release from jail includes conditions such as a ban from visiting occupied West Bank for two weeks [ry]3/12/2018
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Israel Continues with Ethnic Cleansing Policies in Occupied JerusalemIMEMC News & Agencies - "In its latest report about Israeli settlements activities in the occupied West Bank, the National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated that, within the Israeli plans to complete the settlement belt around Jerusalem in general, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, the Israeli High Court has approved the largest settlement projects in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem, using the Absentee Property Law, which stipulates that Palestinian properties before 1948 were extracted away forever, unlike Jewish property, and there is no right of return according to Israeli law." ca1/12/2018
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