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Makassed Hospital Celebrates Training Silver Jubilee and Graduation of 28 Specialist Doctors PNN - "Dr. Hidmi said that "Makassed Hospital is considered a success story for this steadfast people", noting that "the successive administrative boards developed and improved the Hospital`s services, turning it into the main referral hospital for the whole of Palestine, and an outstanding teaching hospital for medical students at Palestinian universities, particularly the University of Jerusalem"." ca28/11/2014
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Israeli occupation stoking ‘holy war’ in JerusalemJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss "Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, cautioned that Israel’s intensified efforts to extend its control over the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, including by imposing severe restrictions on Muslim worship, risked plunging the region into “a detrimental religious war”...But despite these warnings, the Israeli government announced it was drafting a law that would ban Muslim guards on the esplanade, making it yet easier for Jews to visit." ca28/11/2014
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Debunking Netanyahu’s propaganda on JerusalemMicha Kurz - Mondoweiss - This short piece of inflammatory propaganda above has been circulated by the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. It is dangerous and should be explained and put into context urgently.-rh 26/11/2014
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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is NOT a Religious StruggleDon Wagner, Friends of Sabeel North America, Dr. Hatem Bazian, American Muslim for Palestine, Rabbi Alissa Wise, Jewish Voice for Peace -Action Alert - The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a political struggle and needs a political solution: period. Let’s tell John Kerry not to pass the buck.-rh 26/11/2014
Israel’s Model of Political Despair in JerusalemJonathan Cook -Countercurrents - Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian residents since the summer, when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by Jewish extremists.-rh 26/11/2014
Danino: Mistake to allow Feiglin to visit Temple MountMatan Tzuri - Ynet - "Police commissioner slams attorney general for permitting radical right-wing elements to attempt to change `status-quo` on holy site." - id 26/11/2014
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Israeli forces `detain 10-year-old Palestinian boy` in SilwanMa`an News - "The rate of child arrests is equivalent to "an average of two children each day," the UNICEF report says." - id 25/11/2014
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Netanyahu`s "battle for Jerusalem " can`t end well for any of usPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Calling Jews to put aside their little differences and take up arms for the “battle for Jerusalem” is a vision of holy war, with fascistic trimmings. The words “battle for Jerusalem” recall the Battle of Algiers in the late 1950s, a similar contest between overwhelming military force and terrorist attacks. And we know how that turned out, in a zero sum game, in which the colonizers felt they had to leave Algeria in 1962, even colonizers who’d been there several generations." ca21/11/2014
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Israel summons Palestinian pathologist for questioningMa`an News Agency - "The pathologist said that the order was illegal and only a court or the general prosecutor could issued such a demand for a court session, and not a closed interrogation.Al-Aloul attended the autopsy of Yousuf Hasan al-Ramouni, 32, who was found hanged inside his bus at the Har Hotzvim terminal near Jerusalem." ca21/11/2014
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380 Palestinians arrested by Israeli forces in last 20 daysMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces have detained at least 380 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank and East Jerusalem over the last three weeks, including 21 early Thursday alone.The Palestinian Prisoner`s Society said in a statement on Thursday that Israeli authorities have engaged in a wide-ranging crackdown on Palestinians that has led to the arrests of nearly 200 in East Jerusalem since the beginning of November.The startling figures come amid growing instability in Jerusalem..." ca21/11/2014
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Jewish girls attack Arabs in JerusalemNoam (Dabul) Dvir - Ynet News "An Arab man claims a group of Jewish girls attacked him with pepper spray in the center of Jerusalem. The incident follows the claims of an Arab taxi driver who also claimed to have been attacked by a group of girls. The incident with the cab driver took place in the city`s King Jerusalem District Police and was, according him, nationalistically motivated...Jerusalem District Police investigated the incident and then held four girls from the settlement of Yitzhar; they were found carrying two cans of pepper spray." ca21/11/2014
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A House of God no moreTalal Jabari - +972 "What is certain from the events of the past six months is that increasingly, this conflict is stripping people of their humanity — on both sides of the divide. As a human being, I find the synagogue attack unacceptable, and even more so as a Palestinian because it just feels so familiar. As I lay there in bed reading the news, I couldn’t help but remember my childhood. I thought back to the 1990 Aqsa Mosque massacre, in which tens of Palestinians were killed and injured. I thought back to the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, when an American-Israeli surgeon gunned down dozens of Muslim worshippers as they prayed." ca21/11/2014
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Jerusalem posters call to ban Arab workersMairav Zonszein- +972 - "“Employed an Arab? You endangered a Jew!”" - id 25/11/2014
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Settlers spit on Abu Khdeir family as they exit court; alleged killer refuses to enter plea Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Abu Khdeir’s alleged murderers were in court today for a second pre-trial. All three defendants were supposed to enter pleas. In the session the self-proclaimed ringleader of the group, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 29, refused to cooperate. His lawyer told the judge he could not give a statement on guilt on behalf of his client, as was the case in the last pre-trial in October. Today, the delay was because Ben-David is no longer speaking.-rh 19/11/2014
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Israel Instates Harsher Measures Isolating East JerusalemIMEMC - "The Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (ad-Dameer) has reported that the soldiers kidnapped, Tuesday, ten members of the families of Odai and Ghassan Abu Jamal, who carried out the attack against the Yeshiva earlier in the day." - id 19/11/2014
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Conflicting reports on death of Palestinian found hangedMairav Zonszein - +972 - "...past experience proves there is no reason for Palestinians to trust the Israeli authorities. Quite the contrary. Both the police and the military often ignore complaints from Palestinians, and almost always fail to prosecute." - id19/11/2014
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PHOTOS: Palestinians build a bridge over the separation wallActivestills - "Some 50 Palestinian and international activists used two make-shift bridges to cross the separation wall between Qalandiya and northern Jerusalem Friday morning. They also cut razor wire adjacent to the wall.The non-violent direct action was in protest of the restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque that Israel places on Palestinians from the West Bank." ca 15/11/2014
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Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis protest collective punishment in East JerusalemMoriel Rothman-Zecher - +972 "The demonstration yesterday began at 4:00 p.m., and was guarded by dozens of Border Police officers dressed in riot gear and armed with tear gas, rubber bullets and other crowd dispersal measures. Some of the officers were mounted on horseback, and behind them a “skunk” vehicle loomed." ca14/11/2014
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Kerry meets Abbas as Israeli-Palestinian tensions soarMa`an News Agency - "The meeting in Amman came hours after fresh clashes broke out in East Jerusalem where Israeli police fired tear gas, percussion bombs and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators. Months-long unrest in annexed East Jerusalem has in recent days spread to the occupied West Bank and Palestinian communities across Israel." ca14/11/2014
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Tense calm continues at Al-AqsaDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With age restrictions dropped, 40,000 Palestinians were allowed into Al-Aqsa Mosque that Friday. A few young people were ordered to temporarily surrender their ID cards to ensure that they wouldn’t participate in any violent demonstrations afterward.-rh 19/11/2014
Right-wing Protesters Attack Art Talk in JerusalemYonatan Amir & Ronen Eidelman - Hyperallergic - The night of the event, Monday, November 10, there were roughly 50 people inside to attend our event, while others were left outside after the guards locked the gates as a safety precaution. When police arrived, they recognized some of the protesters — and they suspected things may turn violent — so the police officers stayed at the scene and called for backup.-rh19/11/2014
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How to create a terrorist : Jerusalem SkunkAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - In the A-Tur neighborhood, the police shot skunk water at four large schools, forcing the parents of 4,500 students to leave their children at home due to the unbearable smell. “It was this past Friday, at around 5:30 p.m.,” says Khader Abu Sabitan, a member of the parents’ committee in the neighborhood. “I was on the road and saw them pass with their machine, and saw how they began shooting water at the school. I’m telling you – there was nothing there. It is Friday at 5:30 in the evening, and there was no one in the school or on the streets. Nothing. Everyone was home. They went to all four schools in the neighborhood, shot the water, and left.”-rh19/11/2014
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Jerusalem synagogue attack puts Israel close to brinkPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Netanyahu called the attack a “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers”. In an evening press conference he once again accused the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of stirring tension in Jerusalem, and called on the international community to express its outrage.-rh19/11/2014
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`Home demolitions have not stopped attacks`Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - "Israel has increased its violations against al-Aqsa, and crackdowns on people on checkpoints, and through red-tape. All this leads to violence. All this pressure will ultimately lead to an explosion. As you can see, home demolitions have not stopped attacks. Violence breeds violence."-rh Israel has increased its police force exponentially in Jerusalem in the past few weeks in an attempt to curb the violence, but many Palestinians say their long-simmering frustrations over what they called Israel`s oppressive measures are finally boiling over.-rh19/11/2014
Jerusalem family’s home destroyed by Israel for second time in two yearsBudour Youssef Hassan - The Electronic Intifada - ""I feel that here in Silwan, we are left alone, fighting Israel on our own. Everyone pays lip service to Jerusalem, but on the ground, no one is really doing anything for us. And to tell you that my economic situation is rough is an understatement."" - id 12/11/2014
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Israeli forces order arrest of a 2-year-old child from JerusalemPNN - Palestine News Network - "The family denied the order, when an Israeli occupation intelligence officer stormed into their house, kidnapped another son of the Family, Mohammad, and stole three computers." - id 12/11/2014
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WATCH: `There`s no peace in Jerusalem`Social TV - +972 - "You see the wall there - they have nowhere to go." - id12/11/2014
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Police blame violence on rightwing MKs` Temple Mount visitOmri Efraim - Ynet - "Repeated attempts by members of Knesset to reach the Temple Mount is a provocation that incites Palestinians` to respond and significantly and unequivocally increases tensions in the Temple Mount and the capital," a senior police official told Ynet as clashes between security forces and Arabs and Palestinians continue. [bz] 11/11/2014
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Settlers Attempt To Occupy A Building In SilwanIMEMC News - "Israeli settlers attempted, just before midnight Sunday, to occupy a vacant Palestinian building in the central neighborhood of Silwan town, south of the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem" [ry]10/11/2014
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Jerusalem a city on edge as tensions spiralYolande Knell--Confrontations between young Palestinians throwing stones and armed Israeli police are now an almost daily occurrence in Shuafat in East Jerusalem. The residential streets around the house of Hussein Abu Khdeir, through which the city`s tramline passes, are regularly transformed into a battleground. dn 9/11/2014
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USAID Provides $100m to PA, Settlements Condemned InternationallyIMEMC News & Agencies - "WAFA reports that, in a ceremony at the Office of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara, U.S. Consul General, Michael Ratney, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden announced the U.S contribution to the PA... Today`s transfer will be used to directly pay for fuel purchases and support of six hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem, allowing them to continue to provide critical services to the public." ca 7/11/2014
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Palestinian Survives A Ramming Attack Near BethlehemIMEMC & Agencies - "The farmer, identified as Mohannad Sa’ad Salah, was trying to cross bypass road #60 when a settler shifted his vehicle towards him and tried to run him over...Last Month, a Palestinian child identified as Enas Dar Khalil, 5 years of age, was killed after an Israeli settler rammed her and her friend with his car and fled the scene. http://www.imemc.org/article/69439." 7/11/2014
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Police detain employees union officialsMa`an News Agency - "Zakarneh and the union had recently called for strikes to protest the government`s "failure to meet the union`s demands." The official is frequently at odds with the Ramallah-based authorities over labor disputes." ca 7/11/2014
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7 Birzeit students injured in clashes with Israeli forces near OferMa`an News Agency - "Sources at Birzeit University told Ma`an that the Student Union suspended classes in the morning and organized a large rally in the center of campus opposing Israeli attempts to divide the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem into Jewish and Muslim sections." ca 7/11/2014
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East Jerusalem – A Socioeconomic DisasterWAC-MAAN and Ir Amim - n occupied East Jerusalem (EJ) reside 300,200 Palestinians, 37% of Jerusalem’s population. Of them, 77% are beneath the poverty line (according to figures of Israel’s National Insurance Institute). The Separation Barrier (SB), which runs through EJ, cuts whole neighborhoods off from municipal services. On the side of the SB that does get services, there is a severe housing shortage, and on the side that doesn’t, construction is wild and unsupervised. This reality has brought the outside-SB neighborhoods to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.-rh5/11/2014
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‘There’s no such thing as illegal houses, there is such thing as racist laws`: Israelis demonstrate against collective punishment in East JerusalemSarah Levy - Mondoweiss - About 80 Israelis rallied last Wednesday night outside of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat’s house, chanting and banging drums in protest against the intensified attack on East Jerusalem that has taken place over the last week and to demand an end to what they call the policy of collective punishment toward the residents of East Jerusalem.-rh 5/11/2014
History shows current Jerusalem crisis not its lastDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The closing of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israelis seems to be in line with the objective of a radical Jewish group to build a third temple in Jerusalem and replace the Jordanian authority at the compound.-rh 5/11/2014
Army Denies Hundreds Of Worshipers Access To The Al-Aqsa MosqueReport - IMEMC - "Israeli fanatics are planning to invade the mosque area in large numbers, Wednesday, while the Palestinians said they would be countering the attack." - id5/11/2014
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APN to Netanyahu, Obama: Stop East Jerusalem Settlement ConstructionManaging Editor - The Arab Daily News - "We call on President Obama to go beyond condemnations and make clear to Netanyahu that halting settlement activity – particularly at this sensitive time – is necessary for de-escalating tensions in Jerusalem." - id 5/11/2014
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War in JerusalemAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "On the Israeli TV news last night commentators said that it had been a relatively calm day in East Jerusalem, but reporters from the ground brought footage of confrontations and shooting and clouds of tear gas over the alleys of the Old City." - id 5/11/2014
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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes in SilwanMa`an - One building belonged to former Palestinian prisoner Khalil Abu Rajab, who told Ma`an Israeli troops and intelligence officers escorted bulldozers to the Wadi Yasoul area and proceeded to knock down the walls of the building without allowing the family to remove property. The demolition came without any prior notice, while his lawyer had been trying to obtain the proper license for the building.[bz]4/11/2014
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Far-right Israeli MP visits al-Aqsa compound, defying NetanyahuLuke Baker - Yahoo!News - "A far-right politician who wants Jews to be allowed to pray at Jerusalem`s al-Aqsa compound visited the site on Sunday, defying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s calls for restraint after clashes [...] between Israeli police and Palestinians" [ry]3/11/2014
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Victory for al Quds!Ahmad Jaradat - AC - Gaza Strip and the West Bank rise up in solidarity with Jerusalem [ry]3/11/2014
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Timeline: Al-Aqsa mosqueDalia Hatuqa and Mohsin Ali - AlJazeera - A review of the critical events that have marked the history of al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem [ry]3/11/2014
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Under U.S. pressure, Netanyahu calls for restraint on Temple MountBarak Ravid--Prime minister urges Israeli parliamentarians to show `responsibility and restraint.` dn2/11/2014
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The Jerusalem paradox in the heart of Israel Avraham Burg--Jerusalem is not only Israel’s vibrant capital, it’s also the precise hub of the internal contradiction and self-deception of the political formulas pushing Israel firmly toward strategic non-existence. dn1/11/2014
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