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`Price tag` in Jerusalem`s Dormition AbbeyNoam (Dabul) Dvir - Ynet "Hate slogans reading `Christians are monkeys` found on one of Jerusalem`s most important Christian religious establishments; car tires slashed." ca31/5/2013
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Jerusalem Eviction Postponed, Linah Alsaafin - Al Monitor - “The court tried to make a deal between the settlers who were claiming the house and the Shamasneh family,” she said. “The Shamasneh family would continue to live at their home and pay yearly rent until Ayoub Shamasneh died. The settlers flat out rejected that.” Surprisingly, no verdict was given and the case was postponed until further notice.-rh30/5/2013
Police Kidnaps A Guard Of The Al-Aqsa MosqueSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Israeli police officers kidnapped, Tuesday, one of the guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, after he tried to stop some extremist Israeli settlers from breaking into the yards of the mosque through the Al-Magharba Gate.The Police attacked Qweider, cuffed him, and took him to a nearby Israeli Police station.In related news, Israeli Policemen invaded the Dome of the Rock mosque, near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and obstructed renovation work conducted by personnel of the Department of Islamic Waqf and Endowment, the Palestinians News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported." (ca for id) 29/5/2013
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Jerusalem demolitions render 57 Palestinians homeless Johanna Wagman - AIC-Alternative News - In addition to the racist planning policies of the Jerusalem municipality, together with the virtual impossibility for Palestinians in Jerusalem to receive building permits, the case of the Sha`lan family illustrates how Palestinians are submitted to double punishment. bz25/5/2013
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With photos…demolition of 7 residential houses in Jerusalem and 57 individuals are homelessSilwanic Net - "Wadi Hilweh Information Center’s camera spotted the demolition process that occurred in the city of Jerusalem yesterday where 7 residential houses in Al-Tur and Jabal Al-Mukabber with 57 people living in them were demolished, under the pretext of building without a permit, knowing that they were built on lands that are threatened to be confiscated to proceed with the scheme of “National Parks” around Jerusalem." ca24/5/2013
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Al-Aqsa and the circle of alienationMohamed Hussein Abul-Ela - Al-Ahram - "Why have not the religious feelings of the Islamic world been moved by the ugly scenes of the deputy Israeli foreign minister speaking with Al-Aqsa Mosque as a backdrop, as if it was a Jewish landmark?" - id (for rh) 23/5/2013
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Israeli Supreme Court To Rule on EvictionAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "A Supreme Court rejection of the Shamasneh family’s appeal will likely result in a new wave of “eviction and occupation” of dozens of houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood, named by the settlers Shimon Hatzadik [Shimon the righteous], after a four-year lull. Such a wave could turn US peace efforts into a fleeting memory and sidetrack the conflict, turning it instead toward the 1948 narrative and the dead-end issue of the right of return." - id (for rh) 23/5/2013
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Foreign Ministry: Israel Receives Kerry with Home DemolitionsPNN - Palestine News Network - " "...condemned the demolition of homes in Jerusalem, describing it as "hideous crime" and held the Israeli government responsible for the continued demolition of homes and the displacement of more than 70 people." - id (for rh) 23/5/2013
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Travel: Secrets of the Souq of East Jerusalem’s Old CityRay Hanania - Columns - "“We live in a bad situation. They have closed a circle on us and no one from the West Bank can come into the city of Jerusalem."" - id 22/5/2013
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Israel calls off UNESCO Jerusalem tour, blaming PalestiniansReuters - The UNESCO experts were to examine the state of conservation of the walled Old City, a World Heritage site. The Netanyahu governemnt called off the visit, charging that the Palestinians had "politicised" it - i.e. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki`s reference to the UNESCO tour as a "probe (of) the occupation measures" in the city. ak21/5/2013
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UNESCO to send fact-finding commission to JerusalemMa`an News Agency - "UNESCO will send a fact-finding commission on May 20 to investigate ongoing Israeli measures in Jerusalem, the Palestinian minister of foreign affairs said Thursday.Riyad al-Malki told a news conference in Ramallah that the commission would spend five days in Jerusalem before returning to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to submit a detailed report." ca 17/5/2013
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Senior Fatah officials call for single democratic state, not two-state solutionAmira Hass - Haaretz "While the Palestinian Liberation Organization held a small procession in Ramallah to mark the Nakba on Wednesday, some 20 men and two women congregated in a hall in the El Bireh municipality to sign the document called “the popular movement project for one democratic state in historic Palestine.” It states that “the racist Israeli policy of separation and segregation” has made the two-state solution ž(based on pre-1967 bordersž) unrealistic." ca 17/5/2013
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Solidarity shifts in Sheikh Jarrah: 17 to 20 MaySheikh Jarrah Protest - "The Shamashne family has decided to erect a protest tent outside of their house, and the police is likely to try and take down such a tent, and even potentially threaten the family. As such, the family has asked us, Israeli and international activists, to come be present with them in the tent, starting immediately after the demonstration this Friday (at 4 PM in the neighbourhood) and continuing until the Supreme Court discussion on Monday.Access full text for schedule." ca 17/5/2013
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Right-wing group takes IDF soldiers on tour of East JerusalemAmos Harel - Haaretz - "As part of the experience, the cadets, who are in the first phase of their training as combat officers, were brought to the Seven Arches Hotel on the Mount of Olives, where they attended lectures by rabbis, Elad officials and others invited by Elad." - id (for rh) 16/5/2013
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`E. J`lem building plan delayed for sensitivity`Jpost.com - Tenders to build 1,500 units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of east Jerusalem have been delayed by at least three weeks. Senior officials said that the Interior Ministry supervisor responsible for the process received instruction from the Prime Minister`s Office not the approve the plan due to "political sensitivity," according to Army Radio. Ramat Shlomo is one of five Jerusalem ring neighborhoods, along with Gilo, Ramot, Pisgat Zev, and East Talpiyot, which are located across the 1967 Green Line. bz14/5/2013
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Churches denounce Israel violence against ChristiansMa`an News Agency - "Patriarchs and heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem [...] released a joint statement denouncing attacks by Israeli police officers on worshipers and pilgrims during Holy Saturday at the Church of Holy Sepulcher"13/5/2013
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VIDEO: Jerusalem day clashes: chasing away reality Lea Frehse, Johanna Wagman - AIC - This year’s major Palestinian counter-demonstration in front of the Old City`s Damascus Gate was violently dispersed by police before thousands of Israeli religious nationalists paraded also this year through the area [see for yourself on the video]. 21 Palestinians were arrested, amongst them minors. Police barriers shut the area off to residents. bz12/5/2013
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Paving the way to an indivisible JerusalemNir Hasson - Haaretz - "Up to now, the development of Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem was based on maintaining and separating Jewish and Palestinian contiguity," said Arieli, who was a drafter of the Geneva Initiative, an unofficial plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. "In Jerusalem, there are two separate cities each of which has had territorial contiguity. That was the mosaic concept of [late Jerusalem Mayor] Teddy Kollek – that the Jewish and Palestinian neighborhoods would be next to each other but not inside each other. This principle was breached by the Israeli transportation network, which will make separation very difficult." bz11/5/2013
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Palestinians struggle to remain in `unified` JerusalemMya Guarnieri - +972 "Residents pay taxes to the Jerusalem Municipality but receive far fewer services than the neighboring Jewish districts of Jerusalem. While Palestinians constitute approximately 35 percent of the city’s population, only eight to ten percent of the municipal budget is allocated to their communities. “We have to hire someone to come and take [the garbage] because the city won’t come,” Amira says. “They will pick up everything on the main street but not behind it.” ca10/5/2013
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Israel okays new settler homes near RamallahAl-Jazeera - AFP "Israel has given the go-ahead to build nearly 300 houses in a settlement near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, an army spokesman has said, in a move likely to spark tensions as Washington seeks to restart peace talks.The announcement comes just two days after a report said Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel`s prime minister, had quietly ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler homes in a bid to give a chance to US-led efforts to revive stalled peace talks with the Palestinians." ca10/5/2013
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UN decries rising poverty in east JerusalemAl-Jazeera - Source:Agencies "Israeli "segregation policies" have caused deep economic isolation and left more than 80 percent of Palestian children in east Jerusalem wallowing in poverty, the UN said in a report."Palestinian poverty in Jerusalem has risen steadily over the last decade," the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a statement on Thursday. UNCTAD chastised Israel for not doing enough to meet its obligations as an occupying power, urging the country to act "with vigour to improve economic conditions in east Jerusalem and the well-being of Palestinian residents." ca10/5/2013
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Leading Palestinian religious leader Grand Mufti of Jerusalem arrested for `encouraging religious disturbances`ALISTAIR DAWBER - The Independent - Mr Ahmad Hussein, who was appointed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2006, was arrested at his house and was taken for questioning at a nearby police station, “on suspicion of involvement in a disturbance that took place yesterday on Temple Mount,” according to Micky Rosenfeld an Israeli police spokesman. He was later released.-rh 9/5/2013
Palestinians March In Jerusalem To Counter Provocative Settler ProcessionIMEMC & Agencies - Hundreds of Palestinians marched Wednesday in occupied Jerusalem, carrying Palestinians flags and chanting slogans for the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem, to counter a provocative procession by extremist settlers who marched in the city chanting “Death to Arabs”. The Police attacked protesters and reporters, and kidnapped 21 Palestinians.-rh9/5/2013
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Israel Forces Palestinian To Demolish His Home In JerusalemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Resident Azzam Al-Afeefy, said that he was forced to demolish his home in the Old City, after an Israeli Court in Jerusalem informed him that should the City Council demolish his home, he will face huge fines, including the large bill for the cost of demolishing his property, and for removing the rubble." - id 8/5/2013
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P.A. Slams Israeli Attack On Worshipers Marking Eastern Orthodox EasterAgencies - IMEMC - "The Ministry said that Israeli soldiers and policemen verbally and physically attacked dozens of worshipers and families, and prevented them from participating in the holy procession." - id 8/5/2013
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Disappointing French ruling on Veolia still paves way for suing occupation profiteersAdri Nieuwhof, Jeff Handmaker and Daniel Machover - EI - "It is disturbing that all the French judges who have adjudicated on this case during its various stages have failed to address the illegality of the Jerusalem light rail. There can be no doubt about the light rail’s role in Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem." - id 8/5/2013
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