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Rightwing Israelis celebrate murder of a Jewish activist (and NYT won’t tell you so) James North and Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Peace Now also has a report on the case:"Less than a day after Richard Lakin passed away Tuesday from the wounds he suffered in an attack by two Palestinians two weeks ago, thousands of right-wingers on the Internet celebrated his death. The flood of hate posts began after the right-wing Israeli rapper, ‘The Shadow,’ wrote on Facebook that the murder of Lakin, an activist with the ‘Tag Meir’ group, which visits Palestinians who were attacked by Jews, should be a wake-up call to left-wingers. “He needs to be buried in Gaza and people should shit on his gravestone,” posted one on Facebook over a picture of Lakin’s face. “Another dead terrorist,” wrote another. “So it turns out Arabs do good things sometimes.” “For me he is another terrorist.” “Since I really love the left-wing, I want to wish them the same thing,” others wrote." ca30/10/2015
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Three new checkpoints lock down an East Jerusalem neighborhood Allison Deger - Mondoweiss " For the 30,000 Palestinian residents of Jabel Mukaber, the new checkpoints— along with a new wall being constructed in the center of town, cement roadblocks suspending vehicle traffic and a border police force deployed throughout the neighborhood—have made a militarized enclave of the quiet hilltop town with a view from Tel Aviv to Jordan." ca 30/10/2015
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Israeli rightists push for takeover of Al-Aqsa compoundPatrick Strickland - AlJazeera "Returning to the Mount, a hardline right-wing Zionist organisation, announced this week that it would pay 2,000 shekels ($516) to Jewish-Israelis detained while praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site for Muslims... Although formally banned from praying there, Israeli activists enjoy police escort when they venture into the compound.. ca30/10/2015
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US activist killed by Palestinian leads Facebook suitIAN DEITCH - Associated Press "An American educator and peace activist who worked for coexistence and who died this week from wounds sustained in a Palestinian attack is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against Facebook for allowing gruesome Palestinian pages that incite violence, his son said Thursday.The lawsuit was filed in the United States by Israel-based rights group Shurat Hadin, days before 76-year-old father Richard Lakin died." ca 30/10/2015
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East Jerusalem`s walls are turning our city into one, giant prisonYudith Oppenheimer - +972 - Even if in a week, two weeks, a month, a year, the concrete barriers are removed that are now blocking the entrances and exits of the Palestinian neighborhoods and separating them from their Jewish neighbors and from the city that is their only home – we will no longer be able to erase the stinging memory of the concrete barriers that we set up between us and them.-rh 28/10/2015
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Jerusalem: Between killing and cryingNatasha Roth - +972 - "Calling the current events in Israel-Palestine a ‘cycle of violence’ is a misnomer — it is a cycle of rage, of which violence is just one part." - id 28/10/2015
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Court: Jerusalem Municipality Neglected Palestinian Neighborhood of Kafr Aqab Nir Hasson - Haaretz - “Residents cannot be left that way,” District Court Judge David Mintz told a representative of the state at a hearing this week on a petition from residents to upgrade roads in the village. “Either it’s part of Jerusalem or not. If it is part of Jerusalem, give them the services that they deserve.” [bz]27/10/2015
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Palestinians dismiss Israel`s plan for cameras in al-Aqsa mosque Ian Black - The Guardian - Israeli PM expresses hope that deal to maintain status quo on Temple Mount will reduce recent violence, but incidents continue [ry]26/10/2015
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Israeli Prime Minister Proposes Cutting Off 80,000 Palestinians from JerusalemCeline Hagbard - IMEMC News - "The Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in a recent Cabinet meeting, proposed revoking the residency rights of 80,000 Jerusalemites, which would mean that the people of Sho`afat refugee camp and Kafr Aqab, as well as other neighborhoods, would be cut off from the rest of Jerusalem" [ry]26/10/2015
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Jerusalem violence: How redividing city poses dilemma for Israel, PalestiniansJoshua Mitnick - Christian Science Monitor - "For Palestinian Jerusalemites who have been accustomed to decades of open access to anywhere in Israel, even as their countrymen in the West Bank were stopped at roadblocks, the new barriers are a major inconvenience and seen as collective punishment." - id 22/10/2015
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Israeli Checkpoints Block Palestinian Access to Hospitals in East JerusalemJason Ditz - Antiwar - "For patients, in many cases, it’s nearly impossible, with people who used to live less than 10 minutes from the hospital finding waits of an hour or more just to get around a military checkpoint, and report Israeli troops firing live rounds at them as they try to get wounded relatives to receive care." - id 22/10/2015
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Jerusalem chaos is a warning of things to comeJonathan Cook - The National - "The growing hopelessness and sense of abandonment have led a few so-called “lone wolves” to vent their fury on Israelis with improvised weapons such as knives, screwdrivers and cars. These attacks have attracted the most publicity, becoming the equivalent of the second intifada’s suicide bomber. But they serve chiefly as a barometer of Palestinian despair." - id 22/10/2015
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A fragile coexistence at Jerusalem`s Hadassah hospitalYifat Erlich - Ynet - ""Yesterday we were driving home in the hospital shuttle after a long work day, and nurses who work with us looked at us and said `Death to Arabs,` and `why are you at Hadassah, you should be fired,` he says. "We plan on filing a complaint. How can medical professionals say such racist things?"" - id 21/10/2015
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Jerusalem becoming mini-police state and ghost capitalDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "“It’s not comfortable to walk around and have police pointing guns at your head.” She adds, “in America, do you see the videos of what is happening here? Do you see how the soldiers sometimes even pass things to one another, and pass a knife and put it by the person they killed?”" - id 21/10/2015
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PM halts placement of barriers between Jewish, Arab areas of Jerusalem as not to hand a ‘prize for terror’ Judah Ari Gross and Adiv Sterman - Times of Israel - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ordered a halt to the placement of any more portable concrete slabs between the predominantly Jewish area of Armon Hanatziv and the adjacent southeastern Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, after several MKs criticized the construction of a temporary wall as a de facto division of the unified city. [bz]20/10/2015
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What Israel Is Up To in JerusalemRan HaCohen - AntiWar - “So you have on the one hand Palestinians armed with knives and stones – not even bombs and guns this time – and a regional nuclear superpower, one of the world’s biggest exporters of weaponry on the other hand, and it’s quite obvious that the poor, innocent victim is the latter. When the Gods want to destroy a nation, they first make it blind” [ry]19/10/2015
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A capital divided: Will East Jerusalem be closed off?Yoav Zitun, Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - Ma`ale Hazeitim is another Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem, which is adjacent to the Palestinian neighborhood of Ras al Amud. The entrance to the neighborhood is completely secured and access is granted to residents only. Recently, the neighborhood has suffered dozens of Molotov cocktail attacks and stones have been thrown at the houses. "We are set up for this level of tension, that`s why the terror in Jerusalem does not seem threatening to us," said resident Yishai Fleisher. "The majority of residents here are armed and there are security checks." Fleischer explained why he is actually against the closure of the Arab neighborhoods in the area. "We are here because we are fighting for the unity of Jerusalem [sic!-bz]. 17/10/2015
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A capital divided: Will East Jerusalem be closed off?Yoav Zitun, Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - "...if you set up closures or encirclements, this is in fact dividing up the city." - id 16/10/2015
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Muslim Council of Elders condemns Israeli aggression in Jerusalem Jordan Times - "They cited the Israeli excavations under Al Haram Al Sharif/Al Aqsa Mosque compound, driven by the “myth of the temple”.ca9/10/2015
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Israel Closes Jerusalem’s Old City; Jerusalem’s Israeli Mayor Urges Israelis to Carry WeaponsIMEMC News & Agencies - "After Palestinian activists and political factions called for a day of protest against Israeli violations, the Israeli government decided to close Jerusalem, and only allow Palestinian men who are above 50 to pray on Friday at the Al Aqsa mosque." ca9/10/2015
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Video: Death-chanting Israeli mob rejoices as Palestinian teen is executedAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "Amid increasing violence in occupied Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, Israeli forces executed a Palestinian youth in cold blood early on Sunday morning." ca for id7/10/2015
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Al-Aqsa tensions trigger clashes across West BankPatrick Strickland - Al-Jazeera - ""We have no problem with Jewish visitors. We have a problem with groups that come to provoke Palestinians," Zahalka told Al Jazeera, referring to right-wing organisations and settler groups." - id 1/10/2015
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