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Israel posts demolition orders in East Jerusalem neighborhood IssawiyaMa`an - “The neighborhood rarely enjoys a single day without an Israeli incursion, be it from Israeli forces, tax inspectors, or municipality inspectors -- not to mention the permanent Israeli checkpoints at neighborhood entrances where passengers are inspected and drivers are fined arbitrarily.” Issawiya is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem which are seeing an influx of Israeli settlers at the cost of home demolitions and the eviction of Palestinian families. [bz]3/5/2016
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Israel appropriates Jerusalem`s Mamilla PoolLenny Thomas - AIC - Israel`s development of Jerusalem`s Mamilla Pool is a cynical appropriation of Palestinian culture to normalize the annexation of East Jerusalem [ry] 2/5/2016
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Israeli police detain 2 Palestinians, evacuate 9 Israelis from tense AqsaMa`an News Agency - Israeli police continued heightened security measures in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday morning following tension surrounding the Jewish holiday of Passover on Friday. Witnesses told Ma’an armed Israeli forces escorted a group of right-wing Israelis to the area, who were stopped by guards after they attempted to carry out “rituals” in the compound. Following a verbal and physical confrontation between Palestinian youths and the group of Israelis, two Palestinians were detained and five Israelis were evacuated from the compound.-rh27/4/2016
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Jerusalem at the center of Palestine-Israel naming disputeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Shortly after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967 it faced a problem in how to refer to Jerusalem in Arabic. Not wanting to use the Arabic name al-Quds, the Israelis came up with a compromise by inserting the biblical Jewish name Urashalim. Listeners to Israel’s radio broadcasts in Arabic, for instance, were informed before and after every news bulletin that the station was reporting from Urashalim al-Quds. Combining the Jewish and the Arabic term reflected what then was the prevalent Israeli attitude of treating the holy city as a crucible of religions. Israel’s mayor of Jerusalem at the time, Teddy Kollek, regularly referred to the mosaic of the city in reference to its diversity and pluralistic nature, residents and religions.-rh 27/4/2016
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Israeli Army Kidnaps Two Underage Siblings In Jerusalem IMEMC News - "...after invading and violently searching their home, in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem. The soldiers also invaded the Schools Street, in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem." - id 27/4/2016
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Jordan warns Israel over extremist groups` Temple Mount incursions Times of Israel - Jordanian government spokesperson Muhammad Al- Momani warned that "Israel’s violations against worshipers on the holy site", (Temple Mount to Jews, Haram a-Sharif to Muslims) which he defined as "a violation of international laws and conventions, which could have dangerous consequences”. He was evidently referring to the extended visiting hours for Jews due to Passover, during which Muslim worshipers are barred. The prevailing status-quo allows Jews and other non-Muslims to visit the Mount, but not to pray or conduct other religious worship there. Messianic-Nationalist Israeli groups openly declare their intention to change this situation, their members attempting to hold prayers as a form of staking a Jewish claim to the scared compound, some of them even trying to smuggle in lambs or goats in order to hold a sacrifice - acts which Muslims regard as provocative and threatening. [ak] 26/4/2016
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Clashes break out on Temple Mount after Jews bow downRoi Yanovsky - Ynet - Jews praying on the site were surrounded by Muslims chanting `allahu akbar`; physical altercations erupted between Israel Police and Muslims and Waqf officials. [bz]26/4/2016
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Hamas claims responsibility for Jerusalem’s bus explosionPNN/Bethlehem - "19-year-old Abd al-Hamid Abu Srour, from Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem, succumbed to his wounds Wednesday after being severely wounded in the explosion on the Jerusalem bus that took place on Monday.Palestinian group Hamas claimed responsibility for the bus blast following Abu Srour’s death, saying he was a member of the the group’s resistance movement and had carried out the bombing.A spokesperson for Shaare Zedek hospital said Abu Srour was severely burned and had lost both legs in the blast." ca 22/4/2016
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Israeli forces raid Silwan, deliver demolition ordersMa`an News - Israeli forces on Saturday raided Silwan and delivered demolition orders to two Palestinian-owned buildings amid a surge of demolitions in the occupied East Jerusalem area, locals said. Member of a Silwan-based committee formed to fight such demolitions, Fakhri Abu Diab, told Ma’an that inspectors from the Jerusalem municipality accompanied by armed forces delivered the orders to owners who have already forged long legal battles in Israeli courts in efforts to protect their properties. Of those slated for demolition included the home of Yasin al-Rajabi, said Majdi al-Abbasi of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.-rh20/4/2016
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Israeli Soldiers Kidnap 25 Palestinians, Including 18 Children, In JerusalemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) in Jerusalem, said the soldiers closed all roads leading to the town, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it, while a military helicopter hovered overhead." - id20/4/2016
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Ringleader in Abu Khdeir murder case convicted in Jerusalem court Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Today, a Jerusalem district court convicted the ringleader of the 2014 murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was abducted near his home in East Jerusalem and burned alive. The defendant, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 30, will be sentenced in the coming weeks. He along with two minors kidnapped Abu Khdeir and beat and killed the youth. The slaying prompted weeks of unrest and gained international prominence as a high-profile case of settler violence against Palestinians.-rh20/4/2016
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Jordan PM: Plan for security cameras in Al-Aqsa compound haltedMa’an - After months of intensive negotiations with Israel regarding the installation of surveillance cameras inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Jordan decided to altogether halt the entire camera project. Jordanian PM Abdullah al-Nsoor stated that “some of our people in Palestine complained and expressed reservations toward the process". He did not elaborate. The technicalities of installing the cameras were discussed in bilateral negotiations between Israel and Jordan, to which the Palestinian were not invited - nor would the Palestinians have gotten direct access to footage from the proposed cameras.[ak]19/4/2016
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Jerusalem bus bomb wounds 16, Israeli PM Netanyahu hints at Palestinian linkDNA India - There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any Palestinian factions for the blast. With Palestinians carrying out less organised stabbing, car-ramming and gun attacks since October, Israel has been braced for an escalation. "We will settle accounts with these terrorists," Netanyahu said in a speech, referring to whoever executed the bus attack. [bz]19/4/2016
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Israeli forces raid the main offices and printshop of Jerusalem-based Palestinian news outlet al-QudsMa`an - Palestinian media outlets have been frequently targeted by the Israeli authorities since unrest hit the occupied Palestinian territory over the past six months, with a number of outlets shut down for alleged “incitement against Israel.” [bz]19/4/2016
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Settlers, Policewomen Raid al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC News & Agencies - "A group of Israeli settlers escorted by policewomen, on Sunday, resumed their provocative tours into annexed East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound" [ry] 18/4/2016
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Jerusalem demolishes Palestinian homes beyond the wall for first timeAviv Tatarsky - +972 - "Israeli authorities destroy three homes in al-Walaje, a village that was partially annexed to Jerusalem, yet has been totally neglected by the municipality." - id15/4/2016
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Israeli Army Kidnaps 14 Elderly Men In JerusalemIMEMC - "Ihe abductions of the elderly men have been carried out ahead of the Pesach Jewish holiday, as many extremist groups are planning to conduct extended provocative tours into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially after they reached an agreement with the Israeli police to “coordinate their tours and activities.” - id "T15/4/2016
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Furtive Jewish wedding held on Temple MountSTUART WINER and JUDAH ARI GROSS - The Times of Israel - The announcement of the wedding came hours before Palestinian leaders, apparently unaware of the wedding, warned that Jews visiting the compound during the upcoming Passover festival will inflame tensions.-rh 13/4/2016
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Temple Institute claims it held secret Jewish wedding on Temple Mount Roi Yanovsky, Kobi Nachshoni - Ynet News "The Temple Institute, an organization whose self-declared goal is to "establish the Third Temple," claimed on Tuesday evening that it held a secret Jewish wedding on the Temple Mount in what could reignite hostilities at the sensitive holy site and elsewhere." ca13/4/2016
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Palestinians mark 68th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacreMa`an News Agency - "Palestinians on Saturday marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinians civilians carried out by Zionist paramilitary groups in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948 prior to the establishment of Israel. Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, which targeted men, women, children, and the elderly in the small village west of Jerusalem." ca13/4/2016
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Students Affairs Council of Palestinian Universities Condemns Israel’s Violations of Right to Education in Al-Quds UniversitySaed Bannoura - IMEMC "This is a press release from the Deans of Students’ Affairs Council of Palestinian Universities, condemning the Israeli army’s continuous invasions into academics institutions, especially the latest invasion into the Al-Quds University on April 5, 2016... The council demands the international community to take all appropriate measures to end Israel’s repeated violations of international law which inhibit basic human rights, including education." ca13/4/2016
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Israel`s ‘Bible Trail’: Demolishing Palestinian homes to make national parksMiddle East Eye - “Israel forced us out of our original homes and we rebuilt our lives here in East Jerusalem. Now Israel is hounding us out of our homes all over again.” [bz]12/4/2016
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Risk of Collapse at Jesus’ Tomb Unites Rival ChristiansDIAA HADID - NYT "The March 22 agreement calls for a $3.4 million renovation to begin next month, after Orthodox Easter celebrations. Each religious group will contribute one-third of the costs, and a Greek bank contributed 50,000 euros, or $57,000, for the scaffolding, in return for having its name emblazoned across the machinery...“If the Israeli government didn’t get involved, nobody would have done anything.”8/4/2016
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Glick and Entourage Storm Al-Aqsa Compound IMEMC - "A statement by the Jerusalem Waqf Department said that the rabbi and the settlers broke into the compound under tight protection of Israeli occupation forces." - id 6/4/2016
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Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home In Jerusalem without prior notice.IMEMC - The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers invaded Jabal al-Mokabber, and forced the family out before demolishing their property. [bz]5/4/2016
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Israeli forces raid, destroy property at al-Quds UniversityMa`an - Israeli troops raided the university campus at 3 a.m. and left at 5 a.m. For two hours, the soldiers locked campus security guards in one room after breaking their walkie-talkies. The soldiers then ransacked a building hosting the Dean of Students and destroyed property, including printers, in what the army spokesperson referred to as `seizing material belonging to Hamas’ educational arm al-Kutla al-Islamiyah.` [bz]5/4/2016
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