|Veolia Publishes Discriminatory Ad for Jerusalem Light Rail ||Diakonia/AIC - "The French company Veolia, involved in building the tramway project in Jerusalem, published an advertisement on Monday (23 August) which included requirements that effectively exclude Palestinian job seekers. These include the completion of the Israeli military. In addition, the ad demands only the knowledge of Hebrew and English, although Arabic is also an official language of Israel"||30/8/2010|
|Failed Grade : Palestinian Education System in East Jerusalem 2010||Ir Amim - Despite the duty of the state to provide free education, in the coming school year thousands of children in East Jerusalem will again remain outside of the education system. The continuing neglect of the Arab education system in Jerusalem has caused a severe shortage of classrooms and this year again the Ministry of Education and the Municipality of Jerusalem have avoided addressing that shortage in any meaningful way. The result is that in the 2010-2011 school year the families of thousands of Palestinian children will have to pay large sums of money to get the education they should have been getting for free.||25/8/2010|
|Is the Light Rail Racist? Of Course it is ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - It was almost funny to read an article published in Haaretz a few days ago about how municipality officials got their feathers all ruffled over a poll carried out by the CityPass Consortium, the company that won the Jerusalem light rail tender, which asked residents if it bothered them that Palestinians would be using the trains. Two of the questions ran like this: "There are three stops in Shuafat; does this bother you?" and "All passengers, Jews and Arabs, can enter the train freely, without undergoing a security check. Does this bother you?"
| Neglect of Education in E. J`lem Persists||ACRI, Ir Amim in New Report...East Jerusalem schoolchildren need a thousand classrooms, but only 39 classrooms built this year...More than 40,000 pupils have to turn to private schools who charge high tuitions
· Approximately 5,300 children do not study at all
· About half of the classrooms in East Jerusalem are not standard..."The severe neglect of the education system in East Jerusalem is brewing a catastrophe", adds Attorney Tali Nir.
|Netanyahu`s `easy Ramadan`||Khaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram - Netanyahu`s congratulatory words to Muslims were tinged with significant hypocrisy and chutzpah. Indeed, as he uttered his words, Israeli bulldozers were unearthing and crushing Muslim graves at the ancient Mamanullah Cemetery, located in West Jerusalem, not far from the former armistice line between the eastern and western parts of the city. There, thousands -- some say tens of thousands -- of Muslims are buried.
|Dozens faint during prayers under Ramadan sun||Maan News - Men under 50 and women under 45 from the West Bank are not permitted to enter Jerusalem or the Al-Aqsa Mosque area without permits issued by Israeli Civil Administration officials. Calls to support the continued use of the holy site are thus answered by the men and women able to travel to the area, mostly senior citizens who are particularly at risk of health problems under the hot sun.
|Fighting expulsion and Western hypocrisy in Jerusalem ||Rahela Mizrahi - Electronic Intifada - Since the Red Cross is supposed to protect Palestinian inhabitants of occupied East Jerusalem but has never fulfilled that role, Totah, Attoun and Abu Arafeh have put Red Cross officials in a difficult and awkward position. Since Israel occupied the city in the June 1967 War, 86,226 Palestinians have been stripped of their residency rights. By seeking refuge in the Red Cross compound, the three men have drawn attention to the hypocrisy of the international donor community which funds both the aid organizations and underwrites Israel`s apartheid policies. The principle is clear: human rights organizations multiply in direct proportion to the deepening of oppression. They keep real activists out of the struggle, compete with authentic local organizations, blur the signs of oppression and create an illusion of normality in the overall situation.
|E. Jerusalem resident hunger striking in Berlin||Jesse Bacon -
Al Haq -
Al-Haq is deeply concerned about Firas Al-Maraghi’s hunger strike that he has been holding since 26 July 2010 opposite the Israeli embassy in Berlin, Germany. Firas, a Palestinian resident of occupied East Jerusalem who is married to a German national, is protesting a decision which was taken by the Israeli embassy to ban the couple’s new-born daughter from being registered as a Jerusalem resident. This decision breaches Firas’s right to live in Jerusalem with his family.
|Israeli forces desecrate 200 graves in Muslim cemetery||by Saed Bannoura -
"The current demolition site is taking place near the construction site of the so-called `Museum of Tolerance`, but Israeli officials say the two projects are unrelated."||13/8/2010|
|Bulldozer injures sheikh at Jerusalem cemetery||Ma`an -
"Abu Sheikha suffered moderate injuries but refused to leave the Mamilla (Ma`man Allah) cemetery."
|Foundation says hundreds more tombstones disinterred||Ma`an News Agency - Israeli bulldozers entered the Mamilla (Ma`man Allah) cemetery in West Jerusalem on Monday night, and began taking down headstones from Muslim graves, a statement from the Jerusalem-based Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said. The destruction of graves was the third in just over a week, with Israeli officials telling Ma`an that the graves were destroyed because they were "built illegally with the aim to take over the plot."
|Doron Zahavi Accused Of Running Israel’s Abu Ghraib||Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Jerusalem : A police officer known as “Major George” who is accused of torturing Arab prisoners in his previous role as chief interrogator in a secret military jail has been appointed to oversee relations with Jerusalem’s Palestinian population, it has emerged. The decision has been greeted with stunned disbelief from human rights groups, who say unresolved allegations against Major George that he brutally abused Arab prisoners for many years should disqualify him from such a sensitive post.
|Israel says ancient Muslim gravestones `built illegally`||Soraya Bauwens-Nuseibeh-
At least 15 tombstones and structures were torn apart Wednesday in the Mamilla (Ma`man Allah) cemetery, the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said. The latest demolitions follow the disinterment of over 1,500 graves in 2009 to make way for a controversial Museum of Tolerance.
|Raising the stakes in Silwan||BERNARD AVISHAI -
"“Jews and Arabs are not meant to be enemies” – a banal thought when you think about it, but deeply moving surrounded by this kind of tension."
|40 New Settlement Units Approved For East Jerusalem||Circarre Parrhesia - IMEMC & Agencies - Israel, on Monday, approved construction of forty new settlement housing units in the Pisgat Ze’ev settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.
Each of the four buildings will house ten new apartments, and follow the approval of thirty two new units last month. These decisions come as part of a greater plan to build a total of two hundred and twenty new units in the settlement.
|JERUSALEM: Jewish settlers occupy Palestinian house in the Old City||LA Times--One night before the Arab League met in Cairo on Thursday, where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he could not return to direct negotiations with Israel because of continuing Jewish settlement activities in Jerusalem, Jewish settlers seized a building in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.||1/8/2010|
|Report from the latest settler takover in the Old City ||Hagit Ofran - Eyes On The Ground in East Jerusalem - Nine Palestinian families, about 50 people in all, lived in the house. They went to a wedding in the evening. When they came back, they found their homes occupied by a group of some 30 settlers, protected by the police.||3/8/2010|
|Absentees against Their Will –Property Expropriation in East Jerusalem under the Absentee Property Law||Ir Amim - When East Jerusalem was annexed to Israel in 1967, all the laws of the State of Israel were applied to the annexed territory, including the Absentee Property Law of 1950, whose purpose was to transfer to the possession of the State of Israel the property of
the Palestinian refugees of 1948.||18/8/2010|
|Funding to Stop Palestinians from Renting in Jerusalem Settlement ||AIC - "`The idea is to halt the plague of Arabs renting flats throughout Pisgat Zeev,` notes `A`, coordinator of this initiative, who refused to give his name or that of the funding organization. The local Hebrew-language newspaper Mynet noted that the target population of this initiative is national-religious couples and primarily settlers. According to `A,` `the more settlers, the better. The Arabs get angrier when they see a settler who rents a flat here`"
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