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Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Palestinian Home In JerusalemIMEMC - "Several days ago, the soldiers and employees of the City Council, invaded the home of Omran al-Masri, and informed him of the decision to demolish his property, and he hired a lawyer who managed to postpone the demolition for one month.However, the soldiers invaded the property, Wednesday, and forced the family of seven out of their home, which was built eleven years ago, before demolishing it." - id18/4/2019
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Israel Issues Demolition Orders Against Several Homes In JerusalemIMEMC - "The Israeli “City Council” in occupied East Jerusalem issued, Wednesday, demolition orders targeting several homes in the al-‘Isawiya town, in the heart of the city." - id 11/4/2019
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A Rock and a Hard Place: What is it like to live In Jerusalem?Al Jazeera - Jerusalemites of three faiths share their life stories and thoughts on the city`s past, present and future [ry] 8/4/2019
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Palestinians Celebrate Al-Isra Wal MirajIMEMC - "The Islamic Waqf department, which is in charge of Muslim holy places in Jerusalem, said that over 50,000 worshippers have gathered at Al-Aqsa compound, for this occasion, where they heard the story of Al-Isra Wal Miraj miracle, or Prophet Mohammad’s one-night journey, or Isra, from Mecca to Jerusalem on a horse called Al-Buraq, which landed at the current location of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and his travel from this location to heaven, or Miraj, before returning to earth." - id4/4/2019
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Three women, man banned from entering Al-Aqsa MosqueWAFA - " Israeli police banned three Palestinian women and a man from Al- Aqsa Mosque, a Muslim holy place in Jerusalem’s Old City, after holding them for hours, according to local sources.The women, mothers of Palestinians incarcerated by Israel, participated yesterday after the Friday prayers in a rally at the Mosque in support of the prisoners.Police grabbed them as they were leaving the walled holy compound and kept them at a police station at Jaffa Gate for several hours before setting them free late at night with a ban from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for two weeks." ca 30/3/2019
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Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In JerusalemIMEMC - "Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Wednesday, eight Palestinians from several parts of occupied East Jerusalem, and closed many roads and gates leading to the Old City, in addition to closing Qalandia terminal." - id28/3/2019
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"Bab Al Rahmah" and the Israeli intimidation tacticsDaoud Kuttab - Arab Media Internet Network - The pressure, of course, is on the occupation forces, in how they will enforce this temporary decision. More arrests are unlikely to produce results. Having Israeli forces stationed within the Aqsa Mosque complex in order to carry out this decision will further escalate tensions and such forces will become the target of regular protesters. Muslims will most likely pray at the nearest location to the Bab Al Rahmah that they will be allowed to. None of the Israeli tactics will work. A more reasonable solution has to be for the occupation forces to negotiate with the Jordanian government and reach a solution that does not affect the rights of Muslims to all 144 dunums of Al Haram Al Sharif. Anything short of that is unlikely to succeed.-rh26/3/2019
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Why does Israel sabotage relations with Jordan?Yossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - When the Jerusalem District Court decided on March 17 to extend the temporary closure order for the Muslim prayer room at the Gate of Mercy (Bab al-Rahma) on the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif to Muslims) for another 60 days, a majority of the Jordanian House of Representatives voted to call on the monarch to sever diplomatic relations with Israel and close the country`s embassy in Tel Aviv. Nothing more, nothing less.-rh 26/3/2019
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Israel envoy summoned over ‘intrusion’ at French cultural centerArab News - "In a rare move, police entered the building Thursday to cancel an event with a women’s group which Israel claims is sponsored or financed by the Palestinian Authority. A diplomatic source said France’s consul general had immediately protested the police’s entry to the center in east Jerusalem, which Israel has annexed in a move not recognized by the international community." ca23/3/2019
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School Building Demolished in Shu’fat Refugee CampIMEMC - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers escorted bulldozers into the refugee camp, surrounded the al-Razi School and went up rooftops of nearby buildings as drones flew overhead; Israeli bulldozers then began to demolish the school’s building. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets towards locals in the refugee camp." - id21/3/2019
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Israel demolishes school building in Shufat refugee campMa`an - Muhammad Alqam, owner of the school building, told Ma’an that the Israeli authorities had issued a demolition order against the building last November, pointing out that he had headed to the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality before the construction of the building to issue necessary permits, however, he was told that the area belongs to the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA.) Principal of the school, Saleh Alqam, pointed out that the demolition was carried out without a prior notice. [bz]19/3/2019
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Silwan from Jawad’s EyesIMEMC - "Jawad: “All you see here is Silwan. Silwan is very big, it was around 100.000 dunams, at some point. Israel confiscated almost 94,400 dunams after the wars in 1948 and 1967, so today there are only 5,600 dunams left. “Actually, it is much more crowded than Gaza; 55.000 Palestinians and around 400 settlers live here. The settlers are controlling over the life of the 55.000 Palestinians, they try to make us feel like strangers in our own home. They can close an entire street whenever they want…there are a lot of clashes here.”" - id14/3/2019
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Israeli Forces Block Palestinian Muslims from Accessing Mosque for Friday PrayersCeline Hagbard IMEMC - "Hundreds of Palestinians were forced to hold their weekly prayer service on the street in Jerusalem on Friday, after Israeli forces blocked access to the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Palestine and the third-holiest site for Muslims around the world. The closure of the Al Aqsa Mosque to Palestinian worshipers on Friday comes in the midst of escalating tensions between the Islamic Waqf Foundation which maintains the mosque and its grounds and the Israeli authorities, who control access to it." ca 9/3/2019
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EU not to Transfer Any Headquarters to East JerusalemIMEMC - "The European Union has affirmed the commitment of the Member States not to transfer any of its headquarters to East Jerusalem, in response to the recent American step of merging its consulate with its embassy in Jerusalem." - id7/3/2019
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Palestinians, Jordanians challenge Israel at Al-Aqsa over banned prayer space Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Al-Aqsa Mosque is again causing a major rift in the once friendly relationship between Jordan and Israel. Relations turned sour in the past week when Israeli security officials conducted a humiliating arrest of Jordan’s most senior official in Jerusalem. Heavily armed Israeli security forces arrived at the East Jerusalem home of Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab at 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 24. Salhab’s deputy and a score of other employees of the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf were also taken away, as were leading Palestinian activists. The Israeli police said the arrests were made because Salhab, 75, and hundreds of Muslims broke an Israeli imposed ban forbidding Palestinians from entering or praying at the Bab al-Rahmeh prayer room in the mosque. They called the protest act a “change in the status quo.”-rh 5/3/2019
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In photos - Israeli settlers seize Palestinian home in East JerusalemMa`an - Israeli settlers raided the al-Halabi family home, where an elderly Palestinian couple lives and who were out shopping for groceries at the time; the couple was thrown out by settlers upon arrival. Palestinian youths attempted to defend the home from seizure, however, Israeli police forces assaulted them and fired tear-gas bombs towards them. [bz]5/3/2019
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Report: Downgrade of Palestinian Mission to ‘Take Effect on Monday’IMEMC News & Agencies - "The United States is scheduled to move ahead with a downgrade of its mission to the Palestinians, on Monday, by merging its Jerusalem consulate with the embassy to Israel, a US official said" [ry] 4/3/2019
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Israel bans top Palestinian Waqf officials from Al-AqsaAl Jazeera - Move follows Waqf Council`s decision to defy a 16-year Israeli ban and reopen the Bab al-Rahma building in Al-Aqsa [ry] 4/3/2019
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New battle in Jerusalem Haitham Ahmed - Al Ahram "Palestinians, led by Jerusalem clerics, succeeded in opening the Umayyad prayer area at the eastern Bab Al-Rahma (Mercy) Gate at Al- Aqsa Mosque, despite a decision by the Israeli occupation to barricade it 16 years ago.Worshippers celebrated the reopening of the prayer area in throngs outside, chanting “God is Great,” “With our blood and souls we martyr ourselves for Al-Aqsa” and “This is our mosque.” ca 2/3/2019
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What`s behind the unrest at Al-Aqsa`s Bab al-Rahma?Mersiha Gadzo - Al-Jazeera "Palestinians see any change in status quo a step towards partitioning holy site, building the Third Temple over Al-Aqsa...The latest unrest has broken out over the formerly abandoned building at Bab al-Rahma (Gate of Mercy or Golden Gate) in the Al-Aqsa compound." ca2/3/2019
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Israeli Excavations In Silwan Continue To Cause Serious Damage To Palestinian PropertyIMEMC News - "The recent heavy rain fall has, once again, has revealed the serious damage caused by the ongoing illegal Israeli excavations in occupied Jerusalem, especially the tunnels under the Palestinian homes in Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, in Silwan town, south of the Al- Aqsa Mosque.The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the rain fall, which lasted for several hours a few days ago, has caused serious damage and cracks in the walls and foundations of many homes, located above the areas Israel is ongoing with digging tunnels and removing sand as part of its “tunnels network,” leading to the walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque." ca 2/3/2019
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Israel closes Jerusalem restaurant “for hiring staff from West Bank”K.F.- Wafa "Israeli military police posted an order closing Abu Ali Hommus and Falfel Restaurant, located in Salahaddin Street, for ten days under the pretext of employing a Palestinian resident of the West Bank who did not obtain an Israeli entry permit to enter Jerusalem...East Jerusalem is a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967." ca2/3/2019
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