|Home Evictions: Living the Unimaginable||Hajr Al-Ali - MIFTAH - Imagine one day that your home is invaded and you and your family are forced onto the street. Imagine now, that others are allowed to occupy your house, one which has belonged to your family for generations. Imagine that every day since then, your family is subjected to harassment by both the police and the new occupants of your home; that the paltry tent you set up for shelter is repeatedly torn down. For Nasser Ghawi, his wife, and their five children, this is not hard to do. First evicted in 2002, and after nearly a decade of battling in Israeli courts for the right to keep their home, they were once again forcefully evicted on August 9, 2009. Since then, they have been living in a tent across the street from their home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah||24/2/2010|
|Israel Releases New Plans to Build 550 Settler Homes in Jerusalem||Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - Israeli settlers organization announced, Monday, a plan by the Israeli controlled Jerusalem Municipality to construct 550 new settlers homes in Jerusalem’s east city.||23/2/2010|
|Al-Ghawi protest tent removed in Sheikh Jarrah||Ma`an News Agency - "The Al-Ghawi tent was dismantled shortly after the detention of Fatima Diab, 45, a resident of Sheikh Jarrah, for allegedly pouring water over far-right Israeli Member of Knesset Micheal Bin Ari, after he visited the area with pro-settler activists recently"||15/2/2010|
|Jerusalem Mayor To Raze 200 Palestinian Homes||Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Last week Nir Barkat, Jerusalem’s mayor, finally agreed “under protest” to seal Beit Yehonatan amid mounting pressure from an array of legal officials. Mr Barkat had been fighting strenuously against implementing the court order, aided by senior members of the parliament, the police, and even Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, who opposed his own attorney general’s advice by declaring Beit Yehonatan’s future “a purely municipal matter”. But the mayor has not simply capitulated. He warned that Beit Yehonatan would be evacuated only on condition that more than 200 demolition orders on Palestinian homes, most of them in Silwan, were carried out at the same time. ||10/2/2010|
|Locals estimate 60 detained in Shu`fat Refugee Camp raid||Ma`an News Agency - "A large deployment of Israeli Border Guards and police raided a number of neighborhoods in the Shu`fat Refugee Camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and detained over 60 Palestinians"||8/2/2010|
|Confronting Settlement Expansion in East Jerusalem ||Joel Beinin -
Left Forum -
"“They accuse us of being radicals because we go to court to get our rights. But we don’t go to an Iranian court. We go to an Israeli court.”"
|Jerusalem is Palestinian Too ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH -The policy is so obvious that if it were a physical manifestation it would certainly represent itself as a literal slap in the face. Israel’s goal of emptying Jerusalem of its Jerusalem residents has become so blatant even the simplest of minds can see it. This article is inspired by the story of a man who, like so many others, is now facing deportation from his own land. Elias Khayyo, a 41-year old native of Jerusalem, whose entire family comes from the Old City’s Christian quarter, is now being told by Israel’s infamous interior ministry that he is no longer eligible to live in the place where he was born.||2/2/2010|
|Archaeology in Jerusalem: Digging Up Trouble||Tim McGirk - Time - Now an extreme case of the willful jumbling of science and faith is threatening Jerusalem`s precarious spiritual balance. It could not come at a worse time: Israeli-Arab peace talks have stalled; Israel has a hawkish government disinclined to compromise; and radical Islamist group Hamas remains powerful among Palestinians. Any tilt in Jerusalem`s religious equilibrium could create a wave of unrest spreading far beyond the city`s ramparts. Eric Meyers, who teaches Jewish studies and archaeology at Duke University, says: "Right now, Jerusalem is a tinderbox. "
|Israeli Police Remove Evicted East Jerusalem Family`s Tent; Israelis & Internationals Aid to Rebuild||Circare Parrhesia - IMEMC - On Tuesday at dawn, the Israeli police entered the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah to remove the tent owned by al-Gawi family, a Palestinian family evicted from their home.
|The Sheikh Jarrah Demonstrations: What Protestors Need to Know ||Hajr Al-Ali - MIFTAH - In east Jerusalem alone, 67% of Arab Palestinian families live below the poverty line compared to 21% of Jerusalem’s Jewish families; over half of Palestinian residents, approximately 160,000, have no connection to the water network; over 91,000 children in east Jerusalem live in a perpetual state of poverty; and by the end of 2007, 50,197 housing units for the Jewish population had been built on expropriated land while none had been built for the Palestinian population. If anything, these houses have been torn down. The condition of Palestinians living in east Jerusalem has been described as a continuing cycle of neglect, discrimination, poverty, and shortages, which has only been exacerbated by the huge wall eclipsing every aspect of their lives.
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