|Fatah official quizzed for blocking meeting between Israeli, Palestinian activists||Amira Hass -
"The confederation`s publications present Israel and Palestine as two symmetric entities, as if there were no occupation. Therefore, such a conference could be categorized as "normalization" of the occupation, he said." - id
|Shuafat – the new checkpost||Tamar Fleischman - Machsomwatch - The guiding principle of the architecture according to which the checkpoint is built, conforms to the guidelines for a modern prison, the Panopticon, as defined by Foucault.
|Israeli Government Orders Closure of Mosque and Kindergarten in Silwan||PNN -
Palestine News Network -
"Abu Diyab warned that the Israeli government would close more stores in order to displace Palestinian residents and Judaize the Wadi Helwa area, which lies directly next to the southern side of the al-Aqsa mosque and Haram al-Sharif, which Jews refer to as the Temple Mount." - id
|J’lem committee to discuss Silwan tourism center ||MELANIE LIDMAN -
"Despite opposition, all three of the projects are expected to pass the first stage of the approval process on Wednesday. The approval process usually takes years, and includes approval from the Interior Ministry’s District Committee." - id
|Jerusalem peddlers buckle as municipality targets Old City vendors||Nir Hasson -
""Meanwhile, I don`t see the municipality dealing with industrialists and owners of large hotels. Somehow it`s the peddlers who keep the municipality awake at night."" - id
|Will Jerusalem cause a third Intifada?||Daoud Kuttab - Ma`an News Agency - "Perhaps the most disturbing problem for Palestinian Jerusalemites today is the deterioration of their status and the feeling that no one cares about them. While politicians at all levels give lip service to Jerusalem and Jerusalemites, the reality is very different. Israel’s concrete wall, coupled with continuous Jewish-only settlement buildings have brought the people of the city to the brink of explosion"||26/12/2011|
|Oh brothers, where art thou? ||Catrina Stewart - The Independent - Israel`s plans to extend its controversial 470-mile security barrier further into Palestinian territory have pitted a Christian community`s nuns and monks against each other||26/12/2011|
|Issawiya: a Palestinian village, boxed in by the occupation ||Mikaela Levin - AIC - "In Issawiya, narrow streets of broken concrete serve as playgrounds and barbed wired fences separate the community from their lands. Issawiya looks like the typical impoverished village in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. But it`s not-- its residents pay taxes like Israeli citizens and live only a 15-minute drive from downtown Jerusalem"||26/12/2011|
|Kamaal`s Insult||MahsanMilim -
"The next day was Friday. I was at the stand as usual. And people were buying. There was even a busload of people who come to pray at the grave, and after prayers came over and bought my vegetables. Lots of customers. I was glad. And that same person came. Rabbi Nachman. He stood there, staring.
Then he said to them, how can you buy from an Arab? Why do you buy from an Arab? Who, whenever there’s a terrorist attack, starts applauding and breaks out in a dance.
That’s what he said.
It took me a week to calm down, he said. I’d started talking to myself. I got sick. I wasn’t working well. And my wife said, what is it with you? You see, a person gets upset... I’m such a… How could he say about me that I made such trouble. How could he… To say about me that I applaud after a terrorist attack… And I’m against such things. How could I possibly applaud.
And you make me into a terrorist?" ca||21/12/2011|
|Silwan: evictions prevented, bulldozing continues ||Ma`an/Imemc - A Jerusalem court rejected settlers` claim over the Qaraeen and Farag family homes in the Silwan Neighborhood of East Jerusalem, removing the threat of eviction to the two Palestinian families. But in another part of Silwan, bulldozers heavily guarded by police demolished Palestinian industrial structures and destroyed a playground, to facilitate the Jerusalem municipality`s project of a National Security College.
|Barkat slams PM over renovation of Mughrabi Bridge||Omri Efraim -
"Tourists interested in visiting the Temple Mount were upset by the decision to close the bridge." - id
|Photo of stone-throwers getting hit by car in Silwan wins award||Nir Hasson -
"The winning photo was shot for the French News Agency (AFP ) by Ilia Yefimovich, in October 2010 in Silwan, next to Jerusalem`s Old City." - id
|Israel finishes barrier construction in Jerusalem||Ma`an News Agency - The head of the camp`s popular committee, Jamil Sanduka, told Maariv that "we have blue (Israeli) IDs; we are citizens of Jerusalem and shouldn`t suffer in this way. Have we transformed into Gaza?" Sanduka added that getting in and out of the camp will turn into a nightmare on the Israeli checkpoint, adding that they do not want all these searches conducted by the authorities.
|Dreaming of Jerusalem ||Julie Holm - MIFTAH - Her dream is to go to Jerusalem, visit the Aqsa mosque, go shopping and see her family. Her eyes tear up as she talks about it, mostly because of how absurd this injustice really is. Her dream of reaching Jerusalem is physically so close, and yet so far away.||7/12/2011|
|Without peace talks, Israel must leave East Jerusalem alone ||Editorial -
"At the Israeli government`s request, discussions on Jerusalem have been postponed to a later stage of the final-status negotiations. But at no point was it ever agreed that this interlude should be exploited to create facts on the ground and exacerbate tensions." - id
|Jerusalem lawmaker to be deported to Ramallah||Ma`an - Ahmad Attoun, a Jerusalemite, was detained in front of the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jerusalem in September. He had taken shelter in the ICRC building along with another Hamas legislator, Muhammad Abu Teir, and former PA minister Khalid Abu Arafa, after Israeli authorities revoked their Jerusalem residency permits.
|New Jerusalem park a `ruse` to set up new settlement, activists say||Nir Hasson - Haaretz - "This national park is a farce. There`s nothing there but rocks and thorns, certainly nothing to justify a national park. The only reason for such a plan is to seize lands and hold them as a reserve for a future settlement," says Meretz city councillor Meir Margalit. The Palestinians fear that building the national park will require tearing down around 15 of their buildings in that area.
|Israel Approves 650 Units In Pisgat Zeev Settlement||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The 300 Dunams of Palestinian lands confiscated in Hizma and Beit Hanina will be used for the construction of hundreds of residential units for the benefit of the illegal Pisgat Zeev settlement. Meanwhile, Israel is going on with the work on Road #20, which means even more confiscation of Beit Hanina lands.||3/12/2011|
|Israel paving road to link East Jerusalem neighborhoods to city center ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Peace Now representatives argue that the "road`s current route isn`t legal, since the plan designates occupied territory for permanent infrastructures for the occupying power, while completely disregarding the needs of the Palestinian residents in Beit Hanina and the area."
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