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Muslims, Jews hold joint iftar meals for Ramadan fastLinda Gradstein - Ynet - "Jewish families hosted by Palestinian families for post-fast meal; `I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people,` says Arab woman hosting Jews for iftar." - id 1/7/2015
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New report outlines Al-Aqsa Mosque recommendationsDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - In its summary, the report deals with two issues where it deviates from the accepted opinions of the two conflicting parties. It doesn’t accept the repeated Arab and Muslim claims that Israeli archaeological attempts are aimed at destroying the mosque, and at the same time it accepts Muslim demands that organized and planned visits by Jews to the site should be tightly regulated and that Jews should continue to be disallowed from praying at the compound. Al-Aqsa has banned non-Muslim prayer since 1187.-rh 1/7/2015
Police security escort during the demolition of a home in Silwan uses violence against family membersB’Tselem [ry] - “Palestinians find themselves forced to build without permits because Israeli authorities, including the Jerusalem Municipality and planning bodies, practice policies that prevent them from building legally, with the stated goal of maintaining a Jewish majority in the city. In Wadi Hilwa, these policies take the shape of a master plans that defines the entire neighborhood as a ‘special green zone’ and permits no new construction” [ry]29/6/2015
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Qurea’ Denounces Israeli Plan To Confiscate 615 Dunams Near JerusalemIMEMC - "Qurea’ denounced Israeli groups "that conducted bar mitzvah events in historic Islamic archeological sites," west of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said this all falls under Israeli plans that target the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and Jerusalem in general, through various colonialist activities targeting religious and archeological places." - id 24/6/2015
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More than a year in prison for Facebook postingsIMEMC - 23 years old Odai Mofeed Bayyoumi, of Kafr ‘Aqeb neighborhood, in East Jerusalem was sentenced Bayyoumi to 13 months` imprisonment, plus four months suspended, for what the court called “incitement,” on his Facebook page. This is the second such case within a month. Sami Jamal Faraj Ideis, 28, from Shu’fat had gotten eight months plus six suspended after his posts and comments on Facebookhe were deemed to "incite anti-Jewish violence" and "support "terror". ak 23/6/2015
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Army Demolishes A Home In JerusalemIMEMC - "City Council bulldozers, accompanied by the army, demolished his property, and informed him they “placed the destruction order near his property two days ago.” The resident said he never received the alleged order, otherwise he would have filed an appeal instantly." - id17/6/2015
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Arabs divided on visiting JerusalemAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Palestinians disagree about Arab visits to Jerusalem from religious and national perspectives. While the Palestinian Authority (PA) encourages such visits — as long as they do not lead to a normalization of relations with Israel — many national and religious figures believe these visits further entrench the Israeli occupation, contribute to the normalization of relations and embellish Israel`s image before the world.-rh 17/6/2015
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Three Children Released After Hours Of InterrogationIMEMC - "Friends of the detained children informed their families, and when the parents went to the police station, they were not allowed to see their sons, or attend the interrogation. The families were forced out of the station and were ordered to leave the entire area, or face imprisonment." - id 12/6/2015
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No garbage disposal at Shuafat Refugee Camp! Protest rally Fri. June 12 11/6/2015
Israeli Forces Demolish 3 Industrial FacilitiesIMEMC News&Agencies - "The West Jerusalem municipality, on Tuesday, issued orders to demolish industrial facilities for Palestinians in Al-Jeeb town, northwest Jerusalem, under the pretext of no building permit.ocals said that the neighborhood was inhabited by almost 900 Palestinians. They added that they are always harassed and threatened with home demolitions, since they are surrounded by a number of continuously expanding settlements, such as Giv’at Ze’ev and Giv’on, narrowing the living spaces for Palestinians." ca10/6/2015
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Israel `minimising Palestinian presence` in JerusalemPatrick Strickland - AlJazeera - The increase in forced evictions is part of Israeli policy to push Palestinians out of Jerusalem, rights groups say [ry]8/6/2015
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Claiming to preserve Jerusalem, Israeli archaeologists wreck Palestinian heritageCharlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada "With the blessing of the authorities, Elad plans to build a giant new visitors center on top of an excavation site...At the entrance to the Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan, a cavernous crater reveals that the archaeological dig at the site is well underway. Surrounding the pit is a tarped wall, lined with images depicting what Elad’s finished product will look like if the residents fail in their appeal: a massive new archaeological visitors’ center that will be known as the Kedem Compound, an extension of the City of David National Park in Silwan. The site was formerly known as the Givati Parking Lot." ca5/6/2015
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Occupation destroys three homes in Jerusalem, assaults and detains residentsPNN - Palestine News Network - "One of the buildings, belonging to the Abu Khaled family, was destroyed by the IOF bulldozers without any prior notice. During the operation, some members of the family were left bruised and injured after the Israeli soldiers assaulted and detained them." - id 3/6/2015
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Success and pitfalls of Palestinian anti-normalization Seth Frantzman - Jerusalem Post - On May 28 Palestinian activists, acting in the name of “anti-normalization”, attacked Palestinian, Israeli and international participants in the annual "Jerusalem Hug" event near the Old City`s Damascus Gate. The "Jerusalem Hug", with its aim of promoting coexistence without dealing directly with political issues, was regarded as in practice accepting the situation of Israeli rule. Seth Frantzman, who was himself among those assaulted, analyses the ten years of “anti-normalization”, what it achieved and and what it can`t achieve. ak 2/6/2015
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