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UN Officials Call On Israel To Halt Sur Baher DemolitionsIMEMC News & Agencies - "UN officials, on Wednesday, called on Israel to halt plans for mass demolitions in the neighborhood of Sur Baher, East Jerusalem.This came in a statement by Jamie McGoldrick (Humanitarian Coordinator), Gwyn Lewis (Director of West Bank Operations for UNRWA), and James Heenan (Head of OHCHR in the occupied Palestinian territory), according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“We are following very closely developments in the Sur Baher area of the Jerusalem governorate. Seventeen Palestinians, including nine Palestine refugees, face the risk of displacement, and over 350 others risk massive property loss, due to the Israeli authorities’ intention to demolish 10 buildings, including around 70 apartments, due to their proximity to the West Bank barrier. One month ago, following the exhaustion of almost all domestic legal remedies, Israeli forces sent the residents, a “Notice of Intent to Demolish” which will expire tomorrow, 18 July,” the UN officials said in their statement." ca 20/7/2019
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Israeli demolition order on Jerusalem outskirts stokes Palestinian fearsYnetnews - "The deadline for residents of Sur Baher to remove the buildings expired on Friday after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the structures in question violated a construction ban.Sur Baher is a Palestinian community that lies southeast of Jerusalem`s city centre. A sprawling village, it straddles the line between East Jerusalem and the West Bank. "I don`t have any other place to live. I don`t have an alternative," said Ismail Obeideh, a father of six. He said he had spent 1.2 million shekels ($338.8 million) building the family house that is now under threat. Obeideh and other Sur Baher residents said they did not need Israel`s permission to build their homes because they had received it from the Palestinian Authority, which since the Oslo interim peace deals of the 1990s exercises limited self-rule over parts of the West Bank. "Everyone here is panicking - they put all of their savings into buying an apartment or building a house," said Idris Abu Tair, 62." ca20/7/2019
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Army Abducts Fifteen Palestinians Celebrating High-School Graduation In JerusalemIMEMC - "Palestinian sources said dozens of Palestinians, including the graduating students, were celebrating the graduations, and using fireworks. They added that illegal Israeli colonialist settlers, living on Palestinian lands in and around the area, complained to the army and the police, and alleged that the Palestinians were also firing rounds of live ammunition." - id18/7/2019
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Mondoweiss: Israel is planning on demolishing dozens of East Jerusalem homes under PA controlYumna Patel - ISM - "The Obeidiyas’ home is one of 10 buildings slated for an unprecedented mass demolition by Israeli authorities in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir." - id18/7/2019
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Israeli Soldiers Remove Solidarity Tent In Jerusalem, Injure Dozens Of PalestinianS IMEMC News - "Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, nonviolently protesting in the tent, demanding Israel to void its plans to demolish more than 230 apartments and displace the families.|Israeli High Court Rules Against Palestinian Families; Will Allow Their Homes to be Demolished|" ca 13/7/2019
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237 Homes to be Demolished in JerusalemIMEMC - "The head of Wadi al-Hummus Committee, Hamada Hamada, told the Palestinian Information Centre that the planned demolition campaign will include 237 apartments that are homes for about 500 people. He added that the Jerusalem municipality asked the residents to demolish their own homes, or it would do the demolition and force them to pay steep fines." - id11/7/2019
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Deadly police harassment continues in Issawiya (East Jerusalem)Michal Peleg / Amos Gvirtz - Taayush / Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - For over two weeks now, Israeli police has been provoking violent clashes in Issawiya (East Jerusalem). Police invade the village, beat up people and arrest them, as well as handing out traffic tickets; in this context, traffic tickets are a means of harassment and intimidation, rather than motivated by genuine concern for traffic violations. On Thursday, June 28, a solidarity demonstration took place, joined by Israeli activists, demanding to cease this harrassment. The policemen did not intervene during this demonstration, but a police officer promised the residents that after "the Americans" leave, the police would enter and "teach them a lesson". An hour after the demonstration ended and dispersed, large police and Border Police forces entered Issawiya. In the mayhem that followed, and as a result of it, an Israeli police officer fired live bullets and killed a 20-year old Palestinian. Others were wounded and arrested. Police violence persisted at the Hadassah Hospital emergency ward, where the wounded were taken. [ak]9/7/2019
East Jerusalem neighborhood bucks Israeli restrictions with mass funeral Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor " Mohammad Obeid was shot and killed at the age of 20 by Israeli security personnel on June 27 in Issawiya during protests against a park being planned to occupy land where some Palestinian homes are scheduled for demolition. Israel admitted to killing Obeid, but said the officers only fired at him after he threw fireworks at anti-riot personnel. After Israeli troops seized the body, they had tried to negotiate how he should be buried.The daily protests in Issawiya have since escalated and spread. Eighty Palestinians suffered varying degrees of injuries on June 28 in what the Palestinian media are calling the “Issawiya intifada.” Arab News reported that Ahmad Budeiri, a former BBC reporter who has been following events in Issawiya, informed it that “the court ordered the body be given back on condition the family agreed that only four people would attend the funeral or they would be fined 20,000 shekels ($5,617).” Obeid’s family rejected the Israeli diktats. They have not been fined." ca 6/7/2019
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Using archeology in the service of nationalismChemi Shiff&Yonathan Mizrachi - +972 "The inauguration of a supposed ancient Jewish ‘Pilgrimage Road’ by Ambassador David Friedman and White House envoy Jason Greenblatt is a reminder that archeology is never as neutral as some would like to believe...For Palestinians, the tunnel lies directly below the neighborhood of Silwan, long coveted by Israeli settlers who are actively working to Judaize the area." ca6/7/2019
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Volunteers needed for protective presence in IsaawiyaGuy Avni- Taayush - Following the large police operation in Issawiya last night during the funeral procession and the arrest of three residents, residents of Issawiya have requested international and Israeli activist presence within Issawiya for the evenings of the rest of the week, starting tonight. Our presence last night was noted by residents and police, and we would like to continue monitoring police interactions with residents. This is also a great way to build relationships with the community of Issawiya, especially the young people there! If we succeed in getting five volunteers, we will go into Issawiya and stand in a central area, together with residents who will escort us from the beginning to the end of the shift and will also have two experienced Israeli activists with us who have strong ties with the community.[ak]2/7/2019
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Israel releases Palestinian minister of Jerusalem affairsAl Jazeera - Hours-long detention came after Fadi al-Hadami joined Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on tour of Al-Aqsa compound [ry] 1/7/2019
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Under Palestinian homes, US envoys hammer open an ancient East Jerusalem roadJacob Magid - The Times of Israel - Angering PA and anti-settlement groups, David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt attend inauguration of ancient Jewish pilgrimage road excavated in Silwan neighborhood [ry] 1/7/2019
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Palestinians: 95 wounded in East Jerusalem clashes over weekendYishai Porat - Ynet - Palestinian rioters hurl rocks and launch explosives at Israeli security forces for third day in a row in protest over the fatal shooting of 20-year- old man from the neighborhood of Issawiya [ry] 1/7/2019
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Maintaining a Jewish majority: Jerusalem Municipality to demolish entire Palestinian neighborhood, leaving 550 people without a roof over their heads B`tselem - "In the 1990s, there weren’t any other houses nearby, and people made fun of us for choosing to live in an isolated area that had no running water or electricity. But my father, who worked for the city as a street cleaner, managed to hook up the house to water and electricity, thanks to his contacts there. City officials told him he shouldn’t be concerned because the homes there were not causing any damage or compromising city projects. After 1997, more people started moving into the neighborhood." [bz] 18/6/2019
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Moldova constitutional crisis and the embassy which did not moveRaphael Ahren - The Times of Israel - Prime Minister Filip of Moldova - a small eastern European country wedged between Romania nd Ukraine - announced that he would move his country`s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In the past, Israel`s Netnayahu would have greeted such an announcement with great public jubilation. This time the PM kept a stony silence, even while the Palestinians strongly condemned the Moldovan move. Netanyahu was acutely aware that Moldova was in the grip of a deep constitutional crisis and that Filip was a lame duck unlikely to keep power; his announcement of the embassy move was a last-ditch effort to curry favor with Israel and with the Trump White House and gain American backing for his failing cabinet. However, the effort failed, a new Moldovan government was consolidated in power with the backing of both Russia, the US and the EU. The embassy move episode came to its end, and Natnayhu`s caution saved him from a international embarrassment. [ak]18/6/2019
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PIJ Event on "Palestinians and Israelis at a Dangerous Crossroads"Palestine-Israel Journal/Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung - At today`s event, entitled "Palestinians and Israelis at a Dangerous Crossroads", speakers will include Mr. Hannes Alpen of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Dr. Sari Nusseibeh : Philosopher, Author, and Former President of Al-Quds University; Mr. Avrum Burg: Philosopher, Author, Former Speaker of the Knesset; MK Dr. Ahmad Tibi: Arab List For Change, Chair Ta`al-Balad; MK Tamar Zandberg: Chair of Meretz; Moderator: Hillel Schenker - Co-Editor PIJ. [AK] 18/6/2019
Maintaining a Jewish majority: Jerusalem Municipality to demolish entire Palestinian neighborhood, leaving 550 people without a roof over their headsB’Tselem - "Wadi Yasul is a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem. [...] Seventy-two families live in the neighborhood, amounting to more than 550 people according to OCHA figures. The Jerusalem Municipality issued demolition orders for all the neighborhood homes so all the families there are facing the threat of expulsion" [ry] 17/6/2019
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Israel’s plans to ‘invest’ in East Jerusalem aim at increasing the Jewish majority — ICGYumna Patel - Mondoweis - "Israel is stepping up its efforts to win the `demographic war` in the city of Jerusalem in order to prevent the likely possibility of becoming a minority-Jewish city as early as 2045, according to a recent report from the International Crisis Group (ICG)" [ry] 17/6/2019
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Settler group strengthens grip on JerusalemTamara Nassar - EI - "Israel’s high court has given the green light for major properties in Jerusalem’s Old City to be sold to an extremist settler organization" [ry] 17/6/2019
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Help Jawad Siam keep his homeFund me - "For 25 years Jawad Siam has been leading the struggle of the people of Silwan against the Elad Foundation`s settlement in his village. At the same time, Siam waged a legal battle to try to stop the Elad Foundation from taking over his family home. Despite the battery of lawyers representing the wealthy foundation, which has a turnover of approximately one hundred million NIS and assets worth over 300 million NIS, the court has repeatedly ruled in favor of Siam. Each case lasted for several years at a huge cost to Siam.Eventually, after over two decades of struggle, the settlers succeeded in driving a wedge through the family and acquired a section of the property...Siam is going to appeal the decision in the court. If you wish to help Siam in his last legal battle to save his home, please make a donation to help cover the legal costs and his previous debt. Thank you." ca15/6/2019
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Jerusalem municipality removed Dome of Rock from backdrop to Netanyahu speechTOI staff - "Netanyahu and Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion attended a city hall event Thursday to honor singer and actor Yehoram Gaon. The poster decorating the event consisted of various scenes from the Temple Mount and Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Redeemer. But in the painting, the iconic golden dome was removed, showing just the base of the shrine." ca15/6/2019
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Hundreds of Palestinians riot as Jews allowed on Temple Mount for Jerusalem DayMICHAEL BACHNER and TOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - Clashes erupted between Palestinian rioters and police on Sunday morning at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, as hundreds of Jews were allowed into the holy site to celebrate Jerusalem Day — the 52nd anniversary of the unification of the capital in the Six Day War. Later in the morning, hundreds of Palestinians rioters threw rocks and chairs at Israeli security personnel. There were no immediate reports of injuries. By mid-afternoon, police reported that the situation was again calm.-rh11/6/2019
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Palestinian photographer imprisoned, threatened with deportationIMEMC - For the past five months, Mustafa al-Kharouf has been languishing inside Israel’s Givon prison, away from his wife Tamam and their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Asia. But, now, he faces deportation to Jordan. The 32-year-old photojournalist, son to an Algerian mother and a Palestinian father, has been living in Jerusalem since 1999, when he was 12 years old. Despite repeated attempts, over the past decade, he has been denied permanent residency status, which he is entitled to, thus rendering him stateless - officially because he "does not fit" some very unclear criteria for residency, actually because the authorities dislike his making photos of Human Rights violations and accuse his (without proof) of membership in Hamas. Over the past five months he is under Administrative Detention without trial, his fate to be decided by the Supreme Court, to which an appeal was lodged via HaMoked, an Israeli Human Rights group. If rejected by the Supreme Court, he is likely to be deported to Jordan - a country with which he has no ties, where he is unlikely to be granted citizenship or residency, and whose own security services might detain him on arrival in their territory. [ak] 4/6/2019
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