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Neglect, provocation feed East Jerusalem unrestShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - “NGOs like Lehava, El’ad and Ateret Cohanim buy houses in sensitive, even strategic, areas of the neighborhood. Even when the purchase is legal, members of these NGOs move into the houses with great fanfare and parades, irritating the Arab residents with provocations, that here they come to ‘Jewify’ Arab Silwan.-rh 30/10/2014
Israeli President’s Diagnosis — ‘Israel is a Sick Society’Philip Weiss - Information Clearing House - “The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,” he said. “We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn’t skip any arena. There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the academia. There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools.”-rh 30/10/2014
Official: Unilateral Israeli actions will lead to `explosion`Ma`an News Agency - "The announcement by Israel`s housing minister, Uri Ariel, who is already a settler, of his intent to occupy a seized Palestinian home in Silwan is just another shocking reminder of Israel`s accelerating efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians from Jerusalem and turn the Holy City of three faiths into an exclusive Jewish city."... Erekat also urged divestment from all companies linked directly or indirectly to the "Israeli occupation, colonization, and Apartheid policies." ca 29/10/2014
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Al-Aqsa’s women resistDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "They are mostly older women, mothers with grown children and many grandmothers who have taken it upon themselves to protect the mosque compound from Jewish worshipers simply with their physical presence. The women, commonly referred to as murabitat (roughly translated, steadfast) basically hold group classes in the mosque courtyards and keep an eye on Jewish extremists attempting to pray." ca 29/10/2014
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Jerusalem is BurningMichel Warschawski - Alternative Information Center "The last provocations in al Aqsa may well have been one step too far: in the last few weeks, the Palestinian population of Jerusalem is in a state of revolt, and Jerusalem a city at war; a low intensity war, but a war. The Palestinians are demonstrating to defend their holy site, and ready to confront Israeli police brutality in order to stop the new Israeli aggression. Hundreds of armed policemen brutally attack young demonstrators, tear gas, helicopters permanently flying over the city - but every day Palestinian mobilisation is gaining more momentum." ca29/10/2014
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Demo: stop collective punishment in East Jerusalem! 29/10/2014
Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid, Awaits the UprisingGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - When the next wave of terror emerges from the alleys of East Jerusalem, Israelis will pretend to be astonished and furious. But the truth must be told: Despite Wednesday’s shocking incident, the Palestinians are turning out to be one of the most tolerant nations in history. Mass arrests, violent settlers, deprivation, expulsion, neglect, dispossession — and they remain silent, except for the recent protest of the stones.-rh 29/10/2014
Government must take responsibility for Jerusalem terrorShimon Shiffer - Ynet News - I would like to suggest that all those who are responding, from the prime minister to the very last minister, stop babbling. Take responsibility.-rh 29/10/2014
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1,060 East Jerusalem Settlement Units Ordered by NetanyahuIMEMC - Earlier this month, the Israeli government already approved the building of 2,600 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, a move criticized by US officials in that the plan would ‘poison the atmosphere’. [bz]28/10/2014
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900 Palestinians Detained in East Jerusalem Alternative Information Center - IMEMC - Israel has detained 900 Palestinians from East Jerusalem and pressed charges against 300 of them since the July 2 murder of East Jerusalem teen Mohammad Abu Khdeir, according to Israel`s public security minister as reported by the settler-affiliated news site Arutz 7. [bz]28/10/2014
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Rising tensions in SilwanElior Levy - Ynet - "While the amount of settlers here increases, so is Hamas` popularity," K. explains. "The Hamas men come to children and tell them: `Look at the Israelis taking our lands,` and that`s how they convince them that violent resistance against Israel is the best solution. Israel`s giving terrorism a reason to grow." [bz] 28/10/2014
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Netanyahu goes toe-to-toe with US, EU over criticism of Jerusalem construction Herb Keinon - Jpost - “I heard the claim that our building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant, but it is the criticism itself that makes peace more distant.” [bz]28/10/2014
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Official: Unilateral Israeli actions will lead to `explosion`Ma`an News Agency - "Palestinian officials strongly condemned Israel on Monday after it announced plans for 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem" [ry]27/10/2014
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“Jerusalem: There is no intifada”Connie Hackbarth - (AIC) - While Israeli police commander Ahron Aksol tells the Israeli press there is no intifada in Jerusalem, reality tells another story. Clashes erupted throughout East Jerusalem over the weekend, while an additional 1,000 Israeli police and special forces have been deployed to the city to deal with the non-intifada. Israel blames Hamas and not its ongoing occupation for the “undermining of a sense of security” in Jerusalem [ry]27/10/2014
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Jerusalem`s `silent intifada`Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor "Right now, the situation in Jerusalem is extremely volatile and sensitive. As noted here quite a few times before, the ultimate evil — should it occur — will start here. Radicals from all sides are drawn to Jerusalem like a moth to a flame.It’s a pity that only the radicals in these volatile places get to speak up, while the silent majority on both sides looks at them helplessly." ca 24/10/2014
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Israeli Government Completes Plan to Impose Sovereignty on Area CIMEMC - "According to Israeli sources, the state has completed a plan, in the works since April of 2013, to impose its sovereignty over occupied Area C.Local sources say that Israel intends to put this plan into effect in November, to coincide with the Palestinian efforts in the United Nations." ca 24/10/2014
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Jerusalem is divided, and Netanyahu remains out of touchBarak Ravid - Haaretz "The prime minister sees the incidents happening in Jerusalem purely as a security problem – disturbances of the peace that must be suppressed, terrorist attacks that must be thwarted. His solutions begin and end with using force – more policemen, more Border Police units, more involvement by the Shin Bet security service, more arrests. But all these are liable to lead only to an even more serious escalation, and cause the violence to spread to the West Bank to boot." ca24/10/2014
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Israeli settlers criticised for overnight move into hotly disputed East JerusalemBEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - Last month Jewish settlers took over six properties in another area of Silwan, in the biggest settler acquisition in the neighbourhood since Jews began moving there two decades ago. The White House called the move a provocation, but the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the settlement is just a question of Jews being able to buy property in Israel’s capital.-rh23/10/2014
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Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killersAllison Deger - Mondoweiss -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances.-rh23/10/2014
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Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot Ma`an News Agency - An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.-rh23/10/2014
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Palestinians `throw Molotovs` at new Silwan settler homesMa`an - The building was one of two structures housing 10 apartments that were taken over by Jewish settlers before dawn on Monday. Ateret Cohanim, a right-wing Israeli organization aiming to increase the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, said the acquisitions would double the number of Jews living in that part of Silwan. Earlier this week, President Reuven Rivlin spoke out against such deals conducted between Palestinian sellers and extreme right-wing groups: "Jerusalem cannot be a city in which building is done in secret or where moving into apartments is done in the dead of night." [bz]21/10/2014
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Israeli forces demolish 3 Jerusalem houses, leaving 23 homelessMa`an - Al-Zari said the houses and structures were built in the 80s, and that the family had been attempting to obtain the necessary permits and licenses from the Israeli civil administration for years. He said the family had paid over 150,000 shekels (about $40,000) for lawyers and engineers in order to escape demolition, "but to no avail." [bz]21/10/2014
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Nine more Jewish families take over Silwan homes in dead of nightMairav Zonszein - +972 - If settling Jews beyond the Green Line in Palestinian East Jerusalem is legitimate, why are organizations sneaking in settlers in the middle of the night? [ry]20/10/2014
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Meaningless dispute between Obama, NetanyahuHolger Hennies - AIC - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon added his condemnation last week of Israeli plans to expand the East Jerusalem settlement of Givat Hamatos, plans which sparked a very public spat between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama [ry]20/10/2014
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Bad policies in east Jerusalem Anat Ben-Nun - The Jerusalem Post - The entry of settlers to Silwan was a highly political move, an attempt to change the status quo in Jerusalem by altering the character of the Arab neighborhood [ry]20/10/2014
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Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain Palestinian ChildIMEMC - In the central West Bank village of Beit Laqiya, this Friday, thousands of people attended the funeral of 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Thursday. Further restrictions imposed on al-Aqsa Mosque have forced thousands of people into the streets of occupied East Jerusalem for Friday prayer. [bz]18/10/2014
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PHOTOS: Protests in Jerusalem over Aqsa Mosque closuresOren Ziv - Activestills - "Several members of Knesset join protests against heightened restrictions on Muslim access to the holy site while Jewish visits by right-wing activists increase due to Jewish holy days...Anger in East Jerusalem is rising, a local journalist explained to +972, over the combination of the fact that police have been permitting Jews to enter the holy site, which most Palestinians view as a provocation, while at the same time making harsher the restrictions on Muslims who may pray there. " ca 17/10/2014
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Armed Israeli settlers attack Jerusalem home celebrating Hajj returnMa`an News Agency - " Armed Jewish settlers on Thursday attacked a Palestinian home in the al-Suwanna neighborhood on the Mount of Olives east of the Old City of Jerusalem, removing banners celebrating the return of a family member from the Hajj pilgrimage." ca 17/10/2014
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Facing increased right-wing violence, Israeli leftists learn to fight backHaggai Matar - +972 "Last Thursday, around 200 of them gathered in Zion Square to stand up to the violence...“It was the most significant left-wing event in Jerusalem since the protests in Sheikh Jarrah,” one veteran activist said." ca17/10/2014
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A House-by-House Struggle for Control of a Jerusalem NeighborhoodISABEL KERSHNER - NYT - "Through a multimillion-dollar series of complex and shadowy transactions spanning several years, Elad engineered the largest private settlement initiative in decades." - id 16/10/2014
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Hundreds of Israelis enter Aqsa under armed guardMaan - "Clashes broke out at the chain gate leading to the mosque as worshipers were prevented from entering. Locals said a group of settlers assaulted a Palestinian woman in the area." - id 15/10/2014
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Extremist settler Moshe Feiglin, Likud MK, allowed to invade Al Aqsa CompoundSaeb Erakat - PLO Negotiations Aairs Department - As instructed by The Israeli Government, Israeli Police in Occupied East Jerusalem allowed settler Moshe Feiglin - Likud Knesset Member living in the illegal settlement of Karnei Shomron - to invade Al Aqsa compound, the third holiest site in Islam and a symbol for all Palestinians, in company with other Israeli extremists. This is an extremely provocative action, especially considering Feiglin`s inflammatory statements such as his call during the recent bombings to evict Palestinians from Gaza and settle Jews in their place, and such statements as "You can`t teach a monkey to speak and you can`t teach an Arab to be democratic. You`re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar." ak14/10/2014
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Clashes outside of Jerusalem`s al Aqsa mosqueAIC - "Israeli media reports that after invading the Haram al Sharif compound, home of the al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques, police discovered rocks, firebombs and fireworks the suspects had allegedly collected to attack Israeli police and Jewish visitors to the area. Police said they removed barricades set up around al Aqsa and, using `riot control measures`, pushed the Palestinians into the mosque before locking them inside" [ry]13/10/2014
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Four officers injured in Temple Mount clashesElior Levy - Ynet - "Visits to the Temple Mount compound by Jews and tourists continued as usual. Israel Police said it would "continue to operate and show zero tolerance towards any attempt to break the peace, and will operate to stop the rioters and prosecute them to the full extent of the law."" - id 8/10/2014
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Formula 1 promo de-Arabizes Jerusalem skylineEldad Brin - +972 - "What symbolizes Jerusalem? What does the typical Jerusalem skyline look like? Well, from left to right we have the Chords Bridge, the Montifiori Windmill, the Tower of David, the Jerusalem City Tower, and all the way to the right we see the new arena – a rather recent creation that by no means constitutes a remarkable architectural icon. What is missing from the skyline? There are no churches, or at least none that we can identify. There is no Al-Aqsa Mosque. And worst of all: Where did the Dome of the Rock, the ultimate Jerusalem icon, disappear to?" - id 8/10/2014
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5 Quotes About “United Jerusalem” That Will Help You Understand the Recent Takeover in SilwanMoriel Rothman-Zecher - The Leftern Wall - From ELAD to Arieh King to “Kendall/Kendal Finances” to MK Yogev to Rehavam Ze’evi and onward to so many more governmental, quasi-governmental and governmentally-sanctioned individuals and organizations, the plan for Jerusalem (and most of the West Bank, too) has, both in theory and praxis, been one of “Judaization” and transfer, “voluntary” or otherwise. [bz]7/10/2014
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Israeli Rightists Tour Aqsa under armed guardMa`an News Agency - "The director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque told Ma`an that 84 Israeli rightists entered the compound at 7:30 a.m. via the Moroccan Gate and performed religious rituals.He called on Palestinians to be present at the compound to prevent Israeli plans to change the status quo." ca 2/10/2014
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In Silwan, the settlers are winning - big timeYonathan Mizrachi - +972 - Seven years of struggle and Silwan’s residents can’t claim even one tangible and clear victory. Not one home has been returned to its original residents, not one settler has left and the police and Israeli authorities continue to target Palestinian residents.-rh2/10/2014
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The illusion of religious freedom in JerusalemOrly Noy - +972 - "The daily reality that the occupation brings to the Old City of Jerusalem is not that of free men of different religions who have unhindered access to their holy places; it is a reality of structured conflict between occupiers and the occupied." - id 1/10/2014
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Israeli settlers `occupy 23 homes` in East Jerusalem neighborhoodMa`an - Israeli settlers early Tuesday occupied 23 houses in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan south of the Old City of Jerusalem, a local information center said. Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a statement that "settlers of the Elad (Ir David) Association" stormed Silwan at 1:30 a.m. escorted by Israeli soldiers and forcibly evicted the residents (...). [bz]30/9/2014
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The illusion of religious freedom in JerusalemOrly Noy - +972 - Official Israel loves to boast of the complete freedom of worship it grants to members of all religions. In reality, however, it’s just another deception brought to you by your local ‘hasbara’ dealer [ry]29/9/2014
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10-Year-Old Injured in Settler Hit and Run, Forces Kidnap 3 in West BankIMEMC News & Agencies - IMEMC "An Israeli settler deliberately ran over a Palestinian child in the occupied east Jerusalem town of Silwan, on Thursday, according to Wadi Hilweh Information Center." ca26/9/2014
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Israeli forces re-open Aqsa compound after heavy clashes Ma`an News Agency - Hundreds of Palestinian Muslim worshipers were allowed to access the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday at noon after being prevented from entering the Muslim holy site the day before and in the morning.-rh 24/9/2014
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New Israeli Policy Results In Keeping Hundreds ImprisonedSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "... in occupied East Jerusalem, resulting in keeping hundreds of Palestinians, including dozens of children, behind bars for extended periods, until concluding all “legal measures” against them." id 24/9/2014
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Riots break out on Temple Mount on Rosh Hashanah eveNoam (Dabul) Dvir - Ynet - "YASAM and Border Police troops entered the Al-Aqsa compound and pushed the rioters back into the mosque." - id 24/9/2014
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Growing Jerusalem unrest sparks fears of a third intifadaNadav Shragai - Israel Hayom - What is clear is that this time somebody prepared the rioters well for the possibility that they would be arrested and questioned. Many of the suspects were instructed and trained to resist interrogation and avoid divulging important details or providing the authorities with evidence. As a result, the security agencies are having a difficult time translating the treasure trove of intelligence information into evidence that would be admissible in court. [What is going on in Jerusalem, seen through the eyes of a notorious rightwing commentator. bz] 20/9/2014
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Rawabi still controversial among PalestiniansAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor " We support construction and the rights of our people to benefit from such projects, provided that they support the struggle of the people and do not work with the occupation’s projects.” The controversy over Rawabi city will likely continue after its inauguration." ca 19/9/2014
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Israeli jails fill with Palestinian juveniles after summer riots Nir Hasson - Haaretz "Attorneys who represent dozens of suspects in East Jerusalem say the police and legal system’s treatment of the suspects is harsh, vindictive and discriminatory." ca19/9/2014
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Neglect leading to Jerusalem`s divisionYoaz Hendel - Ynet - "In 1967, Arab villages and neighborhoods which were never included in Jerusalem became part of the city. It was a historical navigation error, which created 250,000 people with Israeli identity cards but with no Israeli government." - id 17/9/2014
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With Temple Mount as flashpoint, violence rises in JerusalemAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "...a move is afoot to turn the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) from a Muslim place of prayer into a joint prayer site for believers of both faiths, repeating the transformation that took place at the Tomb of the Patriarchs (al-Ibrahimi Mosque) in Hebron." - id17/9/2014
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Israeli police arrest 22 Palestinians in East JerusalemMa`an - Five minors were interrogated for several hours and then released on house arrest - Muhammad Khaled Abd al-Razzaq, 12, Mutaz Shweiki, 13, Ashraf Ghaith, 14, Muhammad Younis Abd al-Razzaq, 14, and Marwan Alwat, 14. The arrests brought to 700 the number of arrests in East Jerusalem since July. [bz]16/9/2014
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Police chief "coward" in handling East Jerusalem clashesAIC - MK Miri Regev (Likud) dubbed the chief of Jerusalem`s police force a "coward" for his handling of East Jerusalem "riots" as clashes, arrests and political incitement characterised the weekend [ry]15/9/2014
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PHOTOS: Hundreds attend Ramallah funeral of young Palestinian killed by IDFActivestills - +972 "Hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday of Issa al-Qatri, who was killed earlier by Israeli soldiers during a raid on the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. According to Ma’an News Agency, soldiers entered the camp to arrest a wanted Hamas member when they were met with resistance from young men who threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the forces. The soldiers responded with live fire, injuring and killing al-Qatri. " ca12/9/2014
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Israel’s tunnels aim to Judaize Jerusalem and are approved by Supreme CourtKate - Mondoweiss - With the Hamas tunnels dominating the Israeli narrative for the past several weeks, their inherent danger horrifying the entire state and sometimes leading to apocalyptic visions, the state of Israel persistently continued digging its own underground tunnels, also aimed at resolving the conflict – in Jerusalem.-rh 11/9/2014
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PHOTOS: Fierce clashes in East Jerusalem after police kill young PalestinianActivestills - +972 - "According to the family he was shot directly in the head at close range, which caused his injury and subsequent death. The results of an autopsy conducted Monday have not yet been released." - id 10/9/2014
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`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - Israel Police on Sunday threatened to destroy a memorial for murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive by several Israeli Jews on July 2, according to Tamar Fleishman, an Israeli activist who met with the Abu Khdeir family on Sunday. Mohammed’s father, Hussein, reportedly said police instructed him to dismantle it or they would.-rh10/9/2014
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Report: Israel Uses `Religious Freedom` as Excuse to Deepen Jerusalem OccupationConnie Hackbarth - Alternative Information Center - ""...`with the help of a NIS 10 million government allocation`"...“We don’t just want to ensure security, but to also enhance the mountain to make it the educational center for Jewish history and Zionism."” - id 10/9/2014
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`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - As clashes and riots break out over the death of another Palestinian teen shot by Israel police, authorities order the family of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive this summer, to dismantle their memorial. [bz]9/9/2014
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Jerusalem clashes after teen`s funeralMa`an - Israeli forces attacked the funeral procession of slain Jerusalem teenager Abd al-Majid Sinokrot after mourners marched from his hometown of Wadi Joz to the al-Aqsa mosque on Monday. Jerusalem has been rocked by protests for two days after news broke that the teenager died from injuries sustained when he was shot. [bz]9/9/2014
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Palestinian rioters clash with police in JerusalemReuters - Ynet - Following the death of Wadi Joz youth from injuries sustained in previous protest, dozens of East Jerusalemites threw rocks, petrol bombs at passing vehicles [ry]8/9/2014
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Palestinian Youth Dies of Wounds Inflicted by Israeli PoliceIMEMC News & Agencies - "Palestinian teen Muhammed Sunuqrut, who was critically wounded last week during a protest, in occupied East Jerusalem, died on Sunday" [ry]8/9/2014
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Israel Announces Bids For The Construction Of Settlement Units Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Israeli government announced, Thursday, bids for the construction of 283 units in an illegal settlement, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah." ca5/9/2014
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Israeli forces shoot, critically injure Jerusalem teenMa`an - Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, from Wadi al-Joz suffered a fractured skull after being shot. The teenager was speaking on his mobile phone while walking to a nearby mosque for late evening prayers when he was hit, in what his father said was an unprovoked attack. [bz]1/9/2014
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