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Palestinians to be removed from Jerusalem censusNasouh Nazzal - Gulf News - Israeli proposal to place Palestinians in Jerusalem in a new municipality [ry] 31/7/2017
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Israelis quick to forgive Netanyahu for latest security debacle Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "While the Channel 2 poll showed that Israelis were unhappy with the way Netanyahu reacted to the crisis, it also indicated that most Israelis — and not only the right — believed that installing the metal detectors in the first place was the right thing to do. This was good news for Netanyahu. The polls showed, for instance, that the public did not support the position of the Labor Party`s new chairman Avi Gabbay, who opposed installing the metal detectors in the first place. Politics is a game of alternatives and choices, with the objective of being the lesser of two evils. As long as there is no leadership alternative to Netanyahu, the prime minister will manage to overcome the damage caused by the Temple Mount saga." ca 28/7/2017
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Even In Moments of ViolenceDaniel Sokatch - New Israel Fund "The NIF community in Israel has something to offer at this moment. We can and must help Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem better understand each other. We can and must bring Jewish and Palestinian Israelis together and foster a sense of solidarity. And we can and must continue to advocate for religious freedom and equality, even when the public focus has shifted to security matters.In the past two weeks our colleagues have done all of these things — from the incredible reporting of Ir Amim, to the advocacy efforts of Sikkuy, to the preparations for next week’s Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance — we are doing everything in our power to press ahead." ca 28/7/2017
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The al-Aqsa Metal Detectors Aren`t A Security MeasureDiana Buttu - Information Clearing House - For his part, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is happy to see Jerusalem erupt in violence. Facing a corruption investigation for a submarine scandal, Netanyahu is refusing to remove the metal detectors so as to ensure that attention is deflected from this deal and instead focused on violence. You see, in Israel, "security" sells - it ensures votes and ensures that corruption charges are deflected.-rh26/7/2017
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Israel `playing with fire and risking major crisis with Islamic world`, Arab League chief warnsSamuel Osborne - Independent - “Jerusalem is a red line that Muslims and Arabs cannot allow to be crossed ... and what is happening today is an attempt to impose a new reality on the Holy city,” Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement.“The Israeli government is playing with fire and risking a major crisis with the Arab and Islamic world.”-rh26/7/2017
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When Netanyahu walked eyes wide shut into disasterDAVID HOROVITZ - The Times of Israel - It has been widely reported that the Shin Bet security agency and the IDF were barely consulted ahead of the decision to install metal detector gates at the Temple Mount after the July 14 terror attack there. It has been widely reported that police chiefs and the public security minister did not believe the measure constituted a particularly significant step. It has been widely reported that Netanyahu failed to detail the metal detector plans when he spoke to Jordan’s King Abdullah and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the immediate aftermath of the attack, in which three Arab Israelis shot dead two police officers on duty just outside the compound with guns they had smuggled into the holy site. It has been widely reported that the Shin Bet and the IDF urged that the metal detector gates be removed ahead of July 21’s Friday mass Muslim prayers.-rh 26/7/2017
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Netanyahu`s rash decision on Temple Mount sparks speculationsBen Caspit - Al-Monitor - Adding to all these problems is the emerging tension between Israel`s defense establishment and the political leadership. In all matters pertaining to the Temple Mount, Netanyahu has deferred to advice from the police, ignoring the security establishment. The problem is that the police lack a broad perspective. They are less involved in what is taking place in the West Bank, less interested in the geopolitical situation. Netanyahu now finds himself pitted against the IDF and Shin Bet.-rh 26/7/2017
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Palestinians continue protests after Israel takes down metal detectors around al-Aqsa, installs new camerasSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - “Yes there have been Israeli guards outside the compound, but it is under Palestinian control within the compound, with Palestinian guards — so our stance is that putting any kind of new administrations on the ground will give Israel new control over the mosque, which is what the Israelis have always wanted, and what we will not accept” he said. “Any new cameras or gates or what have you at the mosque will help to out the mosque between the Israeli’s hands, it is not a security issue the way they are saying, it is an issue of who has control over the mosque.”-rh26/7/2017
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Al-Aqsa protests unite JerusalemitesDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Having been turned into political orphans, residents of East Jerusalem feel they must rely on themselves and not expect a savior to come to their rescue from the outside. In the current conflict on access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the leadership formed to deal with this issue had to come from the religious community. The Islamic Supreme Committee, the office of the mufti of Jerusalem and other religious organizations, along with some respected Jerusalem leaders, were in the forefront issuing statements and providing the moral and philosophical leadership in this crisis.-rh 26/7/2017
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The Media is Misleading the Public on the Al-Asqa Mosque SituationRichard Hardigan - Counter Punch - "“There are no clashes today,” a young boy told me. “We are only here to pray.” “They must be so afraid of us, if they shoot at us when we are only praying,” another man said." - id 26/7/2017
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These are the Israeli leaders who want to destroy al-AqsaDan Cohen - The Electronic Intifada - "“Looking forward to building the Temple this year and hope that you will soon see the face of our righteous Messiah,” Baruch Marzel one of the most extreme leaders among Israel’s West Bank settlers, wrote last week in an open letter to the mufti of Jerusalem." - id26/7/2017
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Army Abducts A Journalist, Injures Worshipers, Including A Child, Near Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC - "...the soldiers assaulted the Palestinians in a surprise attack near al-Ghazali area, striking them with batons, in addition to firing many gas bombs and concussion grenades at them." - id 26/7/2017
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Israel to replace contested Al-Aqsa metal detectors with ‘smart’ surveillanceMa`an - "It`s not about technology, it`s about control," a resident of Jerusalem told Ma`an. "It`s about who controls the gate of the mosque, which means who controls the mosque." The Waqf wouldn’t accept any changes to the status quo, and announced to issue a report evaluating the overall situation in and around the Al-Aqsa compound before deciding whether to resume prayers inside Al-Aqsa or to continue demonstrations. [bz]25/7/2017
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Security Cabinet to remove Temple Mount metal detectors and camerasItamar Eichner and Hassan Shalaan - Ynet - MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Hayehudi) said the decision constitutes "capitulation and surrender to terrorism. The leadership folded and provided a victory for terrorism and violence. "I am pleased to discover that ministers Bennett, Shaked and Elkin preferred the interest of security over populism and voted against the surrender." [bz]25/7/2017
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Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will `increase resistance`Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - New Israeli measures of control will fuel the uprising in the occupied Palestinian territories, experts say [ry] 24/7/2017
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IDF to demolish home of teen terrorist who called for more violence before attackElior Levy, Yoav Zitun, Shar Hay & AP - Ynet - New security measures were set up at the entry gates to the Temple Mount by Israel, following the deadly terrorist attack that took the lives of two Israeli police officers last week. The added security measures caused a wave of backlash in the Muslim community, with Friday night`s deadly terrorist attack carried out by al-Abed, earlier clashes with Israel Police in which three Palestinian protestors were killed, as well as wide scale protest prayers and riots around Jerusalem. [bz]22/7/2017
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Israeli army raids, seals hometown of Palestinian assailant, detains brotherMa`an - Israeli media reported that al-Abed wrote on Facebook before carrying out the attack: "I have many dreams and I believe they will come true, I love life and I love to make others happy, but what is my life when they (Israel) murder women and children and defile our Al-Aqsa?" The deadly attack took place after three Palestinians were killed -- two of them by Israeli police and one reportedly by an Israeli settler -- when large-scale civil disobedience demonstrations in Jerusalem erupted into violent clashes earlier on Friday. Hundreds more unarmed Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces, amid protests across the occupied territory against new security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem`s Old City, imposed in the wake of a deadly shoot-out at the holy site last week that left three Palestinian assailants and two Israeli officers killed. [bz]22/7/2017
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Everything you need to know about tensions at Jerusalem`s holiest siteIr Amim - +972 "After two years absent of Palestinian mass demonstrations on or near the compound, since Sunday afternoon hundreds of Palestinians and police officers have been facing off in close quarters, in a tense political environment and record heat within the Old City. It was precisely this scenario that devolved into severe violence in 2014 and 2015." ca 21/7/2017
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Metal detectors to remain at Temple MountYael Freidson - Ynetnews "The Israel Police decided Friday morning that metal detectors installed at the entrance of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in response to a deadly terror attack in the area last Friday will remain in place...The decision was reached after protracted discussions held by the cabinet overnight Thursday resulted in the assignment of responsibility for removing of keeping the detectors at the site to the police." ca21/7/2017
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MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT: PALESTINIANS URGE `DAY OF RAGE` AS ISRAEL IMPOSES HOLY SITE MEASURES AFTER ATTACKJack Moore - Newsweek - The Palestinian Fatah party, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called for a "Day of Rage" on Wednesday to protest new Israeli security measures at the contested Jerusalem holy site after a deadly shooting attack that killed two policemen last week. Israel closed the site on Friday after three Arab-Israeli citizens from the northern city of Umm al-Fahm carried out a shooting attack near the entrance to the site known as the Temple Mount to Jews, and the Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, to Muslims.Israeli authorities reopened the compound to Muslims on Sunday, and non-Muslims on Monday, but with extra security measures, such as metal detectors. The city`s police said it was a necessary requirement for the site to open.-rh19/7/2017
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Army Injures 34 Palestinians, Attack Ambulances And Medics, In Jerusalem IMEMC - "The Khatib of the Al-Aqsa Mosque was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the back."..."The soldiers also fired a concussion grenade at a PRC ambulance, in addition to attacking medics in another ambulance." - id 19/7/2017
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Temple Mount metal detectors won’t helpNahum Barnea - Ynet - "Anyone interested in smuggling weapons into the explosive site will do it when hundreds of thousands of worshippers are gathered outside the gates. The metal detector will simply create a jam, which will lead to a commotion, and the police will be forced to let the masses in. Those seeking to bring in weapons will get their chance with no effort whatsoever." - id 19/7/2017
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In Israel`s `eternal capital,` anti-Palestinian discrimination is built-inAviv Tatarsky - +972 - "A closer look at Jerusalem’s new construction plans are a testament to the fact that Israel cannot continue lording over hundreds of thousands of Palestinians without infringing on their basic rights." - id 19/7/2017
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PHOTOS: Palestinians protest new security measures at Al-AqsaActivestills - +972 - "Authorities quickly sealed off all entrances to the compound, the first time in decades it was closed on a Friday, as well as the streets leading to the Old City." - id19/7/2017
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Palestinians pray outside Al-Aqsa Mosque in protest of new metal detectorsMa`an - Palestinians performed prayers outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to show their opposition to new metal detectors installed by Israeli authorities at the mosque`s entrances, which came in response to a deadly shooting attack at the holy site on Friday. Dozens of Muslim worshipers, all Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem, refused to pass through the metal detectors and gathered for dawn and afternoon prayers outside of the Lions` Gate entrance to the compound, which was opened Sunday after the compound had been under a rare closure since the attack. Meanwhile, Jewish Israelis were again allowed to enter the compound freely without the presence of Al-Aqsa security guards. [ak]18/7/2017
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Palestinians reject Israel security measures in al-AqsaAl Jazeera - Dozens of worshippers gathered to pray at an entrance to the compound after new measures introduced at holy site [ry]17/7/2017
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Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from JerusalemAlShabaka - Under international law, East Jerusalem is considered an occupied territory and the de facto annexation of the city by the Israeli government is considered illegal. Throughout its occupation, Israel has enacted discriminatory laws and policies to diminish the presence of the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem. By granting Palestinians a “permanent” residency status to live in Jerusalem, entry into and residency in Jerusalem becomes a revocable privilege, instead of an inherent right.-rh12/7/2017
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In Jerusalem, secret sale of church land to developers revealedAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - "Arabs in the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem are calling for the church to remove Patriarch Theophilos III from office for selling church-owned land in West Jerusalem to Israeli developers, but there is no sign their voices will be heard." - id 12/7/2017
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Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian-owned building in IssawiyaMa`an - Israeli forces demolished a four-story, under-construction building in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on Tuesday morning, despite its Palestinian landowner having a schedule meeting with Israeli authorities to postpone the demolition. Owner of the building Hanan Mahmoud told Ma’an that she and her family were caught by surprise when four bulldozers escorted by armed Israeli forces stormed the area at around 4 a.m. and began razing the building to the ground. Construction of the four-floor building -- comprised of six apartments, with the ground floor planned to be used as shops -- started about a year ago. Construction licenses are very expensive and difficult to obtain for Palestinians, notably in the Jerusalem area, in a bid by Israeli authorities to force Palestinians out and change the demographic balance of the city. [bz]11/7/2017
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Israeli forces reportedly beat, pepper-spray Palestinians in Silwan raidsMa`an News Agency - "The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that six Palestinians sustained bruises and suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during a raid targeting the home of one Muhammad al-Abbasi in the area of Ein al-Luza, during which residents said they were assaulted by Israeli police officers." ca7/7/2017
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Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from JerusalemAl-Shabaka - Under international law, East Jerusalem is considered an occupied territory and the de facto annexation of the city by the Israeli government is considered illegal. Throughout its occupation, Israel has enacted discriminatory laws and policies to diminish the presence of the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem. By granting Palestinians a “permanent” residency status to live in Jerusalem, entry into and residency in Jerusalem becomes a revocable privilege, instead of an inherent right.-rh5/7/2017
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New Settlement in Sheikh Jarrah, 1,800 Housing Units in East Jerusalem to Be Discussed by Regional Committee 03.7.17Peace Now - The government is brutally attempting to destroy the possibility of the two-state solution, and this time it is by establishing a new settlement at the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem and promoting nearly 1,800 housing units beyond the Green Line. The eviction of 5 Palestinian families, which are protected tenants, in order to establish a new settlement in Sheikh Jarrah shows that nothing will get in the way of settler groups and a pro-settler government from preventing a future compromise in Jerusalem.-rh5/7/2017
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Army Demolishes A Home And A Stable, Uproots A Farmland, In Jerusalem IMEMC News - "On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers carried out massive invasions"..."and abducted twenty-four Palestinians, including a woman, former political prisoners, in addition to a father and his four sons." - id 5/7/2017
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Jewish Home, Likud to collaborate on ‘Unified Jerusalem’ billRaoul Wootliff - The Times of Israel - Ending coalition spat, Naftali Bennett and Ze’ev Elkin say they’ll reformulate proposal to require supermajority for handing over parts of capital for peace [ry]3/7/2017
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