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Closed Since 2003; Palestinians Celebrate Reopening Of Bab Al-Rahma MosqueIMEMC - "Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated, Friday, the reopening of Bab al-Rahma Mosque of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, which was closed by Israel since the year 2003, and the Palestinians were denied access to it since then. Media sources in Jerusalem said the Palestinians gathered in and around Bab al-Rahma and raised Palestinian flags on it while chanting and celebrating the reopening of the holy site after repeated massive nonviolent protests." ca 23/2/2019
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Can a Light Rail Train Link a Divided City?KESHIA NAURANA BADALGE - City Lab - If there’s a neutral zone for the residents of Jerusalem, it’s on rails. In a city where real estate is highly contested, where walls divide neighborhoods based on faith, and the clothes you wear are code for where you should be seen, the city’s modern light rail system––whether by virtue of peace or necessity–– glides above the divide. That’s why a team of Palestinians and Israelis from Mekudeshet, an arts and cultural initiative, are using the city’s public transit as a platform for documentary and observation. Every summer, the group stages a program of original light-rail-based tours called Dissolving Boundaries—“docu-theatrical journeys” designed to distance you a little from your personal paradigms.-rh19/2/2019
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Why residents of Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah face eviction Ahmad Melhem -Al-Monitor - The Execution Office, which is the competent authority to implement court decisions, notified Jan. 3 five families of the Sabbagh family that they had until Jan. 23 to vacate their homes. The family’s lawyer, Husni Abu Hussein, however, managed Jan. 14 to obtain a freeze order until Feb. 16, since the Central Court and Supreme Court have yet to rule on the land ownership in the neighborhood. The case goes back to 2012 when the family’s lawyers resorted to the Israeli Central Court to file a lawsuit against Nahalat Shimon, an organization that represents settlers, claiming that the neighborhood’s lands, including the houses of the Sabbagh families, belong to settlers.-rh 19/2/2019
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Jordan gives Palestinians larger role in running Temple MountTimes of Israel - The move has also triggered a new round of violence and tension at the holy site. On Thursday, the expanded Waqf council met for the first time on the Temple Mount, near the Gate of Mercy, or Golden Gate, an area sealed by Israeli authorities in 2003 because the group managing the area had ties to Hamas, and kept closed to stop illegal construction work there by the Waqf that Israeli officials believe has led to the destruction of antiquities from periods of Jewish presence in the area. [bz]19/2/2019
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Jerusalem: Over $55m to be Invested in Old City Settlement Projects IMEMC News & Agencies - "The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter, in the Old City of Jerusalem, invested more than 200 million shekels ($55,288,940) into “settlement projects”, in Jerusalem’s Old City district" [ry] 18/2/2019
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Israel evicts Palestinians from Jerusalem homeAl Jazeera - Israeli authorities served the Abu Assab family eviction notice ordering them to vacate property by end of February [ry] 18/2/2019
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Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sentenced to House ArrestIMEMC - "On Tuesday, an Israeli intelligence unit stormed Seyam’s home in Jerusalem’s Old City and wreaked havoc on the building, before they dragged the imam to the Qishleh detention center, west of occupied Jerusalem, Days of Palestine reports." - id17/2/2019
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Israeli Tender for Jerusalem Railway Rejected by Spanish CompanyIMEMC - "Representatives of the workers said that the problem lies in the fact that the railway will pass through Palestinian lands to serve illegal settlements in East Jerusalem." - id7/2/2019
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Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC - "The Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound is exposed, on a daily basis, to the storming of extremist Israeli settlers, at which they perform Talmudic rituals and desecrate its sanctity, in an attempt to upset the temporal and special division of the mosque, and further Judaize the occupied Palestinian city of Jerusalem." - id31/1/2019
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March together against evictions of Palestinian families and settler takeover of Sheikh Jarrah. Free Jerusalem - Forty members of the Sabagh family received eviction notices from their home in Sheikh Jarrah. Last week, over 150 activists from marched together from West Jerusalem to the family’s house in Sheikh Jarrah, to stand in solidarity and support the family’s and the broader neighborhood’s struggle. This week we will meet at 14:00 in Sheikh Jarrah. [ak] 29/1/2019
Dozens of Extremist Settlers Break into Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC News & Agencies - "WAFA correspondence said that more than 40 extremist Israeli settlers broke into the holy mosque in groups, under heavy protection from Israeli police. The settlers performed Talmudic rituals and prayers at the holy site" [ry] 28/1/2019
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Israel Enforces Lien on Palestinian Lands In Jerusalem, Including 135 Meters Owned By Late President ArafatIMEMC - "Arnon said that the case is only about “vindictiveness,” and has no legal basis, adding that just because a Palestinian who attacked Israelis came from an area “controlled” by the Palestinian Authority does not make the PA responsible for that person’s actions." - id 24/1/2019
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Palestinian PM amends controversial regulation to exclude Jerusalemites Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Due to public pressure, the Palestinian government amended a controversial regulation dealing with East Jerusalem residents. The decision set out in an order by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Jan. 3 required Palestinians holding Israeli IDs from having to pass a security clearance before being allowed to rent property in the Palestinian areas. The amendment, which made an exception for East Jerusalem residents, has eased the tension. But many Palestinians are still angry at being treated in a discriminatory fashion.-rh 22/1/2019
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Israel to Close UNRWA Schools in JerusalemIMEMC News & Agencies - "UNRWA spokesman Sami Meshasha, said on Sunday that the agency has not received any official notice from Israeli authorities regarding reports of an Israeli plan to shut down UNRWA-run schools in occupied Jerusalem. The statement came only after Israeli media published reports saying Israeli officials are set to revoke permits" [ry] 21/1/2019
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Jerusalem tensions rise without security coordinationDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "Israeli police closed part of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for seven hours Jan. 14 after a confrontation between guards and an Israeli policeman who tried to enter the Dome of the Rock shrine wearing a Jewish head covering, or kippah...Israeli policemen must remain outside Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif, and their security duties, legally defined as an occupying power, should be outside the gates of the holy site,” Kailani said." ca 19/1/2019
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B’tselem: Israel killed 290 Palestinians in 2018, most of them innocentsTimes of Israel - "In a brief report, the group said that Israeli troops killed 254 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including two women and 47 minors; 34 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; and two in Israel." ca 19/1/2019
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Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa compound, mosques insideMa`an News Agency - "18 January 2019 - Israeli special forces and police raided the Al- Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccans Gate, on Thursday morning. Israeli forces raided the Marawani and Dome of the Rock mosques inside the compound. An Israeli policeman also attempted to enter the Dome of the Rock mosque wearing a kippah; Israeli forces then imposed closure on the compound for several hours." ca Israeli forces have been heavily deployed across the compound since early morning hours.19/1/2019
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Hundreds protest in Sheikh Jarrah against Palestinian evictionsMagazine staff - +972 "Residents of the neighborhood and activists with Free Jerusalem, a group organizing against Israel’s military occupation, initiated Friday’s action in order to bring attention to the families’ cases and to try and stop their evictions. Other organizations, including Peace Now and Combatants for Peace, also participated in the protest, said Sahar Vardi, an organizer with Free Jerusalem." ca19/1/2019
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A village under occupationSeth Herald - Electronic Intifada "Twenty years ago we worked with the Jerusalem municipality to organize building permits for sewer systems, streets and houses. Now there is almost no infrastructure and the occupation is the reason. The village infrastructure fits the population from 20 years ago but today it doesn’t.” Despite constant promises from the municipality to alleviate the economic deprivation, Abu al-Hummus said, redevelopment has been stagnant.“We pay taxes but we get no services.” ca 19/1/2019
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VIDEO: Jerusalem in 2018IMEMC - "A recap on the events of the past year. Originally published by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, occupied East Jerusalem. (English subtitles.)" - id 17/1/2019
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PA: Arab-Israelis require permission to rent in West BankMa`an News Agency - "According to a statement issued by the Palestinian government at the weekly cabinet meeting in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, that this procedure is intended for organizational purposes only and it should take two weeks to give an answer after an application is submitted. "Anyone who wishes to rent out a property to a Palestinian who holds an Israeli ID card must obtain permission from [his or her local] authority.” ca11/1/2019
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Waqf Official In JerusalemIMEMC - "WAFA added that the soldiers cuffed the official, and took him to an interrogation center in the occupied city. The Palestinian authority condemned the abduction of the official, and the ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinians, their homes and lands, and their holy sites in occupied Palestine, including in the occupied capital, Jerusalem." - id10/1/2019
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Did the PA play a role in Jerusalem home sale to settlers?Mersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - A home in the Old City sold to settlers has raised questions about possible involvement of the Palestinian Authority [ry] 7/1/2019
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Jerusalem mayor plans to reduce the sound of mosque loudspeakersPNN - Palestine News Network - "This program is expected to go into effect in March, and the approved budget for each mosque will be NIS 50,000-70,000." - id3/1/2019
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