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Protest march planned for Qalandia on SundayMa`an - "The march is planned for 1:00 pm and organizers say they plan to protest against the closure of the mosque imposed by Israeli authorities, as well as broader issues of Jewish-only settlement expansion in the West Bank and the "Judaization" of Jerusalem." - id 31/10/2014
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Funeral Of Slain Man Held Under Strict Security Measures In JerusalemReport - IMEMC - "Despite the extensive presence of soldiers and police officers, and the tight siege, more than 300 Palestinians managed to break through the barricades, and attended the funeral and burial of the slain Palestinian." - id 31/10/2014
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Israeli President’s Diagnosis — ‘Israel is a Sick Society’Philip Weiss - Information Clearing House - “The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low,” he said. “We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn’t skip any arena. There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the academia. There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools.”-rh 30/10/2014
Neglect, provocation feed East Jerusalem unrestShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - “NGOs like Lehava, El’ad and Ateret Cohanim buy houses in sensitive, even strategic, areas of the neighborhood. Even when the purchase is legal, members of these NGOs move into the houses with great fanfare and parades, irritating the Arab residents with provocations, that here they come to ‘Jewify’ Arab Silwan.-rh 30/10/2014
Government must take responsibility for Jerusalem terrorShimon Shiffer - Ynet News - I would like to suggest that all those who are responding, from the prime minister to the very last minister, stop babbling. Take responsibility.-rh 29/10/2014
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Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid, Awaits the UprisingGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - When the next wave of terror emerges from the alleys of East Jerusalem, Israelis will pretend to be astonished and furious. But the truth must be told: Despite Wednesday’s shocking incident, the Palestinians are turning out to be one of the most tolerant nations in history. Mass arrests, violent settlers, deprivation, expulsion, neglect, dispossession — and they remain silent, except for the recent protest of the stones.-rh 29/10/2014
Jerusalem is BurningMichel Warschawski - Alternative Information Center "The last provocations in al Aqsa may well have been one step too far: in the last few weeks, the Palestinian population of Jerusalem is in a state of revolt, and Jerusalem a city at war; a low intensity war, but a war. The Palestinians are demonstrating to defend their holy site, and ready to confront Israeli police brutality in order to stop the new Israeli aggression. Hundreds of armed policemen brutally attack young demonstrators, tear gas, helicopters permanently flying over the city - but every day Palestinian mobilisation is gaining more momentum." ca29/10/2014
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Official: Unilateral Israeli actions will lead to `explosion`Ma`an News Agency - "The announcement by Israel`s housing minister, Uri Ariel, who is already a settler, of his intent to occupy a seized Palestinian home in Silwan is just another shocking reminder of Israel`s accelerating efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians from Jerusalem and turn the Holy City of three faiths into an exclusive Jewish city."... Erekat also urged divestment from all companies linked directly or indirectly to the "Israeli occupation, colonization, and Apartheid policies." ca 29/10/2014
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Al-Aqsa’s women resistDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "They are mostly older women, mothers with grown children and many grandmothers who have taken it upon themselves to protect the mosque compound from Jewish worshipers simply with their physical presence. The women, commonly referred to as murabitat (roughly translated, steadfast) basically hold group classes in the mosque courtyards and keep an eye on Jewish extremists attempting to pray." ca 29/10/2014
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1,060 East Jerusalem Settlement Units Ordered by NetanyahuIMEMC - Earlier this month, the Israeli government already approved the building of 2,600 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, a move criticized by US officials in that the plan would ‘poison the atmosphere’. [bz]28/10/2014
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900 Palestinians Detained in East Jerusalem Alternative Information Center - IMEMC - Israel has detained 900 Palestinians from East Jerusalem and pressed charges against 300 of them since the July 2 murder of East Jerusalem teen Mohammad Abu Khdeir, according to Israel`s public security minister as reported by the settler-affiliated news site Arutz 7. [bz]28/10/2014
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Official: Unilateral Israeli actions will lead to `explosion`Ma`an News Agency - "Palestinian officials strongly condemned Israel on Monday after it announced plans for 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem" [ry]27/10/2014
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“Jerusalem: There is no intifada”Connie Hackbarth - (AIC) - While Israeli police commander Ahron Aksol tells the Israeli press there is no intifada in Jerusalem, reality tells another story. Clashes erupted throughout East Jerusalem over the weekend, while an additional 1,000 Israeli police and special forces have been deployed to the city to deal with the non-intifada. Israel blames Hamas and not its ongoing occupation for the “undermining of a sense of security” in Jerusalem [ry]27/10/2014
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Jerusalem`s `silent intifada`Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor "Right now, the situation in Jerusalem is extremely volatile and sensitive. As noted here quite a few times before, the ultimate evil — should it occur — will start here. Radicals from all sides are drawn to Jerusalem like a moth to a flame.It’s a pity that only the radicals in these volatile places get to speak up, while the silent majority on both sides looks at them helplessly." ca 24/10/2014
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Jerusalem is divided, and Netanyahu remains out of touchBarak Ravid - Haaretz "The prime minister sees the incidents happening in Jerusalem purely as a security problem – disturbances of the peace that must be suppressed, terrorist attacks that must be thwarted. His solutions begin and end with using force – more policemen, more Border Police units, more involvement by the Shin Bet security service, more arrests. But all these are liable to lead only to an even more serious escalation, and cause the violence to spread to the West Bank to boot." ca24/10/2014
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Palestinians `throw Molotovs` at new Silwan settler homesMa`an - The building was one of two structures housing 10 apartments that were taken over by Jewish settlers before dawn on Monday. Ateret Cohanim, a right-wing Israeli organization aiming to increase the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, said the acquisitions would double the number of Jews living in that part of Silwan. Earlier this week, President Reuven Rivlin spoke out against such deals conducted between Palestinian sellers and extreme right-wing groups: "Jerusalem cannot be a city in which building is done in secret or where moving into apartments is done in the dead of night." [bz]21/10/2014
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Israeli forces demolish 3 Jerusalem houses, leaving 23 homelessMa`an - Al-Zari said the houses and structures were built in the 80s, and that the family had been attempting to obtain the necessary permits and licenses from the Israeli civil administration for years. He said the family had paid over 150,000 shekels (about $40,000) for lawyers and engineers in order to escape demolition, "but to no avail." [bz]21/10/2014
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Nine more Jewish families take over Silwan homes in dead of nightMairav Zonszein - +972 - If settling Jews beyond the Green Line in Palestinian East Jerusalem is legitimate, why are organizations sneaking in settlers in the middle of the night? [ry]20/10/2014
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Meaningless dispute between Obama, NetanyahuHolger Hennies - AIC - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon added his condemnation last week of Israeli plans to expand the East Jerusalem settlement of Givat Hamatos, plans which sparked a very public spat between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama [ry]20/10/2014
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Bad policies in east Jerusalem Anat Ben-Nun - The Jerusalem Post - The entry of settlers to Silwan was a highly political move, an attempt to change the status quo in Jerusalem by altering the character of the Arab neighborhood [ry]20/10/2014
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Armed Israeli settlers attack Jerusalem home celebrating Hajj returnMa`an News Agency - " Armed Jewish settlers on Thursday attacked a Palestinian home in the al-Suwanna neighborhood on the Mount of Olives east of the Old City of Jerusalem, removing banners celebrating the return of a family member from the Hajj pilgrimage." ca 17/10/2014
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Facing increased right-wing violence, Israeli leftists learn to fight backHaggai Matar - +972 "Last Thursday, around 200 of them gathered in Zion Square to stand up to the violence...“It was the most significant left-wing event in Jerusalem since the protests in Sheikh Jarrah,” one veteran activist said." ca17/10/2014
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PHOTOS: Protests in Jerusalem over Aqsa Mosque closuresOren Ziv - Activestills - "Several members of Knesset join protests against heightened restrictions on Muslim access to the holy site while Jewish visits by right-wing activists increase due to Jewish holy days...Anger in East Jerusalem is rising, a local journalist explained to +972, over the combination of the fact that police have been permitting Jews to enter the holy site, which most Palestinians view as a provocation, while at the same time making harsher the restrictions on Muslims who may pray there. " ca 17/10/2014
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Hundreds of Israelis enter Aqsa under armed guardMaan - "Clashes broke out at the chain gate leading to the mosque as worshipers were prevented from entering. Locals said a group of settlers assaulted a Palestinian woman in the area." - id 15/10/2014
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Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot Ma`an News Agency - An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.-rh23/10/2014
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Clashes outside of Jerusalem`s al Aqsa mosqueAIC - "Israeli media reports that after invading the Haram al Sharif compound, home of the al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques, police discovered rocks, firebombs and fireworks the suspects had allegedly collected to attack Israeli police and Jewish visitors to the area. Police said they removed barricades set up around al Aqsa and, using `riot control measures`, pushed the Palestinians into the mosque before locking them inside" [ry]13/10/2014
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A House-by-House Struggle for Control of a Jerusalem NeighborhoodISABEL KERSHNER - NYT - "Through a multimillion-dollar series of complex and shadowy transactions spanning several years, Elad engineered the largest private settlement initiative in decades." - id 16/10/2014
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Four officers injured in Temple Mount clashesElior Levy - Ynet - "Visits to the Temple Mount compound by Jews and tourists continued as usual. Israel Police said it would "continue to operate and show zero tolerance towards any attempt to break the peace, and will operate to stop the rioters and prosecute them to the full extent of the law."" - id 8/10/2014
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Formula 1 promo de-Arabizes Jerusalem skylineEldad Brin - +972 - "What symbolizes Jerusalem? What does the typical Jerusalem skyline look like? Well, from left to right we have the Chords Bridge, the Montifiori Windmill, the Tower of David, the Jerusalem City Tower, and all the way to the right we see the new arena – a rather recent creation that by no means constitutes a remarkable architectural icon. What is missing from the skyline? There are no churches, or at least none that we can identify. There is no Al-Aqsa Mosque. And worst of all: Where did the Dome of the Rock, the ultimate Jerusalem icon, disappear to?" - id 8/10/2014
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Israeli Rightists Tour Aqsa under armed guardMa`an News Agency - "The director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque told Ma`an that 84 Israeli rightists entered the compound at 7:30 a.m. via the Moroccan Gate and performed religious rituals.He called on Palestinians to be present at the compound to prevent Israeli plans to change the status quo." ca 2/10/2014
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In Silwan, the settlers are winning - big timeYonathan Mizrachi - +972 - Seven years of struggle and Silwan’s residents can’t claim even one tangible and clear victory. Not one home has been returned to its original residents, not one settler has left and the police and Israeli authorities continue to target Palestinian residents.-rh2/10/2014
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The illusion of religious freedom in JerusalemOrly Noy - +972 - "The daily reality that the occupation brings to the Old City of Jerusalem is not that of free men of different religions who have unhindered access to their holy places; it is a reality of structured conflict between occupiers and the occupied." - id 1/10/2014
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