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Eviction orders to 30 Palestinian homes around Jerusalem`s Old City Middle East Eye - Israeli authorities in occupied East Jerusalem delivered eviction orders to some 30 Palestinian homes in several neighbourhoods. All the eviction orders were delivered between Sunday and Monday, notably calling for the evacuation of 22 houses in the Old City neighbourhood of Bab al-Silsila - or Chain Gate - which would leave almost 200 people without a home. The houses, located on the path towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, had cracks in the walls due to Israeli archaeological excavations under the Old City, a practice that has affected the solidity of a number of homes in Jerusalem. Faiza Abu Asab, one of the residents of Bab al- Silsila, told Middle East Eye that Israeli excavation made the houses “unliveable”, as some sections of walls had collapsed or bore large cracks. [ak] 21/1/2020
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A week on the West Bank: Settlers spray pepper, general personally participates in expelling shepherds, European Union diplomats tour IssawiyaMichal Hai - Taayush - A week on the West Bank: A delegation of heads of European Union missions toured Issawiya and publicized an official demand that Israel keep its obligations to the occupied Palestinian population; protest and support vigil for Issawiya residents in custody and for Jonathan Pollak took place opposite the Jerusalem Magistrate Court; the Israeli army’s Central Command general came in person to expel a Palestinian flock of sheep out of Al Auja grazing grounds near the illegal settler-colonist outpost Havat Omer; Jewish settler-colonists pepper-sprayed an activist at Rashash. [ak]21/1/2020
NGO Ir Amim says 104 housing units were demolished by the Israeli army in 2019, compared with 72 units a year earlier.Aljazeera - Israeli authorities demolished homes in Palestinian areas of occupied East Jerusalem at a significantly higher rate in 2019 than the previous year, according to an Israeli advocacy group. In a new report, Ir Amim said 104 housing units were demolished in 2019 compared with 72 units in 2018. The 44 percent spike also ends what had been a decline in demolitions between 2016 and 2018.(rh) 21/1/2020
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Due To Ongoing Israeli Excavations, Seven Jerusalem Families Ordered To Evict Their HomesIMEMC News - “[Resident Rashid Zahda from Bab al-Silsila area said,] `The Israeli excavations in Bab as-Silsila, adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are also threatening the homes of around 200 Palestinians, after the ongoing digging resulting in cracks and serious damage to their foundations`” [ry] 20/1/2020
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Demo Wed.Free Anwar ‘Abid, Adam Mahmoud, Saleh Abu ‘Asab, Fayez Muheisen, Nadim a-Safadi, Jonathan Pollak, and all the Occupation’s prisonersEinat Podjarny - Tomorrow, Wednesday January 15, 2020, a hearing will be held regarding Jonathan Pollak. We will come at 10am to the Jerusalem magistrates court to demonstrate our full solidarity with those resisting the occupation, against cooperation with Apartheid, and against Israeli colonialism. Five Palestinian youths, residents of Issawiya, are also currently in detention after violating in protest the administrative house arrest imposed on them and refusing to accept the release conditions they were offered. Jonathan Pollak has been in detention for over a week for refusing to accept the release conditions he was offered. In the shrinking space for resistance to the occupation, the refusal to recognize the authority of the courts is an important political action, deserving broad support. This action rejects the legitimacy of Israel’s control, and seeks to subvert the separation mechanisms of a regime that presents itself as democratic, yet in practice is a democracy for Jewish Israelis only, and a military dictatorship for Palestinians.[ak]14/1/2020
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East Jerusalem’s Issawiya boils as residents decry months of police intervention Adam Rasgon - Times of Israel "In a series of interviews with The Times of Israel, Obeid, along with community leaders and members, argued that the police have unreasonably stepped up their activities in Issawiya and employed excessive force against its residents, undermining stability and stoking tensions in the neighborhood while complicating the students’ commute." ca12/1/2020
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Qalandia: How Palestinians experience the largest Israeli checkpoint, in photographsJaclynn Ashly - Mondoweiss "Since 2015, Palestinian men over the age of 55 and women over the age of 50 have been permitted by Israeli authorities to cross the checkpoints without a permit. Palestinians with West Bank IDs who do not meet these age requirements can only cross the checkpoint with Israeli military-issued permits, which are oftentimes extremely difficult to obtain." ca12/1/2020
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Solidarity visit to Issawiyeh, East JerusalemFree Jerusalem - Together let’s stand in solidarity and get to know Issawiyeh up close. A neighborhood of 20,000 residents in eastern Jerusalem that has suffered from horrific police suppression and brutality for over half a year. Come hear about the violent reality that the police has created as well as how to take part in protest efforts with the broad coalition fighting to end this reality once and for all and make life in Issawiyeh normal again. 10/1/2020
Foreign Minister to Disclose Israeli Campaigns Against East Jerusalem to ICCIMEMC & Agencies - "In a statement, the [Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates] said `it is viewing with grave concern the Israeli escalation in the continuous detention campaigns of Palestinian citizens in the occupied Palestinian territory, [...] with a main focus on occupied East Jerusalem and the neighborhood of al-‘Isawiya in particular`” [ry] 6/1/2020
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Israel plans to replace UN-run Palestinian schools in occupied Jerusalem with its ownJerusalem /PNN/ - "Israeli occupation authorities are planning to close down UN-run Palestinian schools in occupied Jerusalem and replace them with new ones that follow the Israeli education curriculum.The so-called Jerusalem Municipal Council approved earlier this week the plan, which will target schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the mostly Arab neighborhood of Shuafat in East Jerusalem as well as Anata town, located four kilometers (2.4 miles) northeast of the Old City of Jerusalem." ca 3/1/2020
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Dr. Ashrawi: Israel’s Plan to Replace Jerusalem UNRWA Schools a Part of War on Palestinian RightsIMEMC News & Agencies - "The announced plan of the so-called Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem, to replace UNRWA-run schools, is an extension of the Israeli establishment’s campaign of aggression against Palestinian rights and roots in the City,” Ashrawi said in a statement. “It is also an assault on multilateral institutions and international law.” She continued, according to Days of Palestine: “This reprehensible plan also embodies the Israeli establishment’s disdain for the United Nations, rejection of Palestinian rights, and illegal actions aimed at altering the historic, cultural, and demographic composition of occupied Jerusalem.” ca 3/1/2020
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3750 Jerusalemites, including 1070 children, arrested since Trump declared city Israel’s capitalMondoweiss - "According to the PCBS, 1070 children, under 18, have been detained, in addition to 171 women and girls, including minors, wounded women, mothers, and women who have been staging a sit-in in Al-Aqsa Mosque" [ry] 16/12/2019
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Hundreds protest ongoing police presence in IsawiyaThe Jerusalem Post - Israeli, Palestinian and international protestors demonstrated against the police in Isawiya [ry] 9/12/2019
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`My dream was destroyed` - home demolitions soar in East Jerusalem Judith Sudilovsky - +972 Magazine - “For five years we lived together in our house, nobody bothered us and we didn’t bother anybody. We were in our house and our children ran outside and the only thing we heard was their laughter,” says Muatasem Abbasi of Silwan. “Now, all day my son remembers how the police destroyed our home.” It happened on the morning of November 5, while he was at work. His wife Bara’a Obaid, was home alone with their two toddlers when the police arrived. His parents were in their home on the second floor of the building. “They knocked on the door and told me to open up. I asked them to wait a moment so I could cover my hair but they didn’t let me close the door and they came inside. They gave me five minutes to get dressed and dress my children. They didn’t let me take anything. They threw our things from the window. I asked from them a number of times for a little bit of mercy but they didn’t give me any.” With the help of family and friends, the couple was able to gather a few pieces of clothing and rescue a white living room set from the rubble of their home. [ak] 3/12/2019
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