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Dear Trump administration: Don`t mess with JerusalemJames J. Zogby - +972 - "Because Palestinians have seen how Israel has dealt with Bethlehem and Hebron, they can see the same pattern playing out producing the same future for Jerusalem — a heavy-handed occupier, steadily dispossessing them of their land and rights, establishing “facts on the ground,” and ultimately taking full control and irreversibly transforming the city." - id 18/1/2017
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Israeli Statistics: Settler Raids at Al-Aqsa Up by 250%IMEMC - "It was noted that Palestinian groups trying to protect the sanctuary, including the Sharia Schools inside Al-Aqsa itself and the Islamic Movement in Israel, have been delegitimized for their efforts by the Israeli government." - id18/1/2017
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Don’t Mess with JerusalemJames J. Zogby - LobeLog - Those who think that Arabs and Muslims will simply bow down before a Trumpian display of decisive strength are playing with fire. It is true that the region is divided and distracted by the unraveling consequences of the Arab Spring, but messing with Jerusalem would be the catalyst for a focused and unified Arab and Muslim response. [bz]17/1/2017
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Israeli authorities coerce Palestinian man to demolish own home in IssawiyaMa`an - Israeli authorities have ramped up demolition orders in East Jerusalem in the wake of a deadly truck-ramming attack earlier this month, a move which was denounced by Israeli NGO B’Tselem as constituting “collective punishment.” [bz]17/1/2017
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It didn`t have to be this way in East Jerusalem`s SilwanHussam Abed - +972 "What would Rabbi Boaz Bavli and the people of Ezrat Nidahim say if they saw the neighborhood now? Would they agree to Palestinians being forced out of their homes by a settler organization purportedly acting on behalf of all Jews? The occupation controls people, their land, and their homes. We must not allow it to also control our most basic resources: memory, imagination, thought, and faith." ca13/1/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct 3 Merchants, 10 Young Men, In JerusalemIMEMC News - "The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said many soldiers, police officers and employees of the tax and revenue department invaded the al-Wad Street area, and started breaking into stores and writing high fines against the owners.They also abducted three merchants; one of them identified as Ehab Zghayyar, an issue that forced other merchants to close their stores and leave the area." ca 13/1/2017
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Israel`s collective punishment follows Jerusalem attackNigel Wilson - Aljazeera - Hours after the incident, Israeli security forces surrounded Jabal Mukaber, an East Jerusalem neighbourhood that had been home to the 28-year-old attacker, Fadi al-Qanbar. Police established a cordon around the community, including a concrete blockade at one of the main entrances and checkpoints at other entry and exit points. The restrictions remained in place on Tuesday morning. "They closed the street with cement blocks. There was an increase in the police presence - they stopped and searched vehicles and inspected identity cards," Atta, a local resident who did not provide his last name, told Al Jazeera."Many couldn`t reach work. I, for example, had to leave my car behind and walk on foot to the main road because of the cement blocks. You could feel the police were on high alert and that they were trying to punish us for what happened."-rh 12/1/2017
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Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would destroy Palestine’s hopes of justice Nur Arafeh - The Guardian - By moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, the Trump administration would not only be violating international law, it would also be denying the Palestinian right to self-determination and freedom. Since 1967, Israel has been transforming Jerusalem from a multi-religious and multicultural city into a “reunified” Jewish city under its exclusive control. It has accelerated Jerusalem’s “Judaisation” through policies that specifically aim to minimise the number of Palestinians. Such policies have included the revocation of the residency of Palestinian Jerusalemites under the pretext of “breach of allegiance”, restrictions on family unification, discriminatory urban and zoning policies, the construction of the wall that slices through Jerusalem and the West Bank, starting in 2002, and the closure of major Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem.-rh12/1/2017
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warns Donald Trump not to move US Israel embassy to JerusalemBethan McKernan - Independent - Several senior Palestinian officials have said moving the embassy would hinder moves towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One influential imam said it was as good as “a declaration of war.” On Tuesday, the long-serving PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, added his voice to the concerns in an official letter which aimed to dissaude Mr Trump from the idea, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.-rh 12/1/2017
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PLO threatens to revoke recognition of Israel if US embassy moves to Jerusalem Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - "Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is highly contentious as it would recognise Israel’s exclusive claim to the city, most of which was annexed illegally after the 1967 war. The Palestinians also see it as their future capital." - id 11/1/2017
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Israel to strip Jerusalem residency status from family of truck attackerLisa Goldman - +972 - "The decision to strip the al-Qunbar family of their right to live in their native city is not only collective punishment, but also raises questions about the Israeli government’s policy towards Palestinian residents of Jerusalem." - id 11/1/2017
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ISIS Attack Theory Suits Netanyahu Well, but Jerusalem Is Not Berlin Nir Hasson - Haaretz - As far as the prime minister is concerned, this force of absolute evil has no motive or rationale, and has nothing to do with the occupation or any other Israeli policy. (...) Even if Sunday`s attack was inspired by ISIS, it still originated in Jerusalem and is part of the unending series of attacks the city has suffered over the past two-and-a-half years. [bz]10/1/2017
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After attack, heavy presence of Israeli forces in East Jerusalem sparks clashesMa’an News Agency - "Clashes erupted in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir Sunday night amid a fierce crackdown by Israeli forces in the area, after one of the neighborhood`s residents carried out a deadly truck attack earlier in the day at a neighboring illegal Israeli settlement" [ry]9/1/2017
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Deadly attack as truck rams into soldiers in JerusalemAljazeera - Driver shot dead after ploughing into Israeli troops, killing at least four and wounding several others in Jerusalem [ry]9/1/2017
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Israeli approves new settlement building in the heart of SilwanMa`an News Agency - "Hours after Israel’s Jerusalem municipality cancelled plans to vote on approving construction of hundreds of new Israeli settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, Jerusalem`s city planning commission instead approved a plan to build a three-story building for Jewish settlers in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, Israeli media reported." ca29/12/2016
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Committee Cancels Vote to Approve East Jerusalem SettlementsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Members of the Jerusalem committee told Reuters, Wednesday, that the cancellation of the vote came at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request, out of fear that the approval of the new settlements would have given Kerry “ammunition before the speech.” ca29/12/2016
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Silwan OccupiedReports - International Solidarity Movement - "The families do not know where to go when their homes are destroyed, and many people are expecting to be homeless in the middle of winter." - id 28/12/2016
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Israeli Government to Approve Thousands of Settlement Units in Response to UN VoteIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Local Planning and Building Committee of the West Jerusalem municipality is expected, next Wednesday, to approve about 5,600 illegal housing units in East Jerusalem settlements, according to Israel Hayom daily" [ry]26/12/2016
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Critics warn US could adopt `pro-settler agenda` : Nomination of David Friedman as next US ambassador to Israel has further damaged prospects for Palestinian statehoodJonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Donald Trump`s nomination of David Friedman as the United States ambassador to Israel provoked widespread consternation over the weekend, amid heightened speculation that the president-elect`s selection would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a statement accepting the nomination, 57-year-old Friedman welcomed the chance to work "from the US Embassy in Israel`s eternal capital, Jerusalem". That would signal US recognition of Israel`s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, long viewed as the only feasible capital of a future Palestinian state.-rh 22/12/2016
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Short-circuited lives: Why my family is facing eviction from our home in the Old City of Jerusalem Rafat Sub Laban - SALON - For my entire life, 27 years, I have lived with the threat that I will be permanently evicted from my home in the Old City of Jerusalem. It’s a beautiful location, just 200 yards from the Dome of the Rock and offering an absolutely stunning view of the Old City’s holy sites. We have paid our rent. We have been good tenants. We have tried all legal means, including a Dec. 3 protest march, to stay in our home. Yet our “goodness” matters not at all when anti-Palestinian discrimination is the law of the land. We fear the Israeli government will turn over our home permanently to Israeli settlers.-rh 22/12/2016
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Why moving US Embassy to Jerusalem is no way to start a presidencyDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - Corpus-separatum refers to a city or region with special legal and political status. The designation falls short of bestowing sovereign status, or that of an independent city-state. Hanna Issa, a Palestinian expert on international law and a resident of Jerusalem, told Al-Monitor the United Nations has in various ways stressed the special status of Jerusalem. “This definition was made clear in the 1947 UN Partition Plan, Resolution 181, and a year later, the status of Jerusalem was reaffirmed in a separate resolution, UNGA 303, in December 1949,” he said.-rh 21/12/2016
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Some of Jerusalem’s rabbis are waging their own war on ChristmasIshaan Tharoor - The Washington Post - In a letter faxed to hoteliers in Jerusalem, two of the city`s chief rabbis warned against displaying Christmas trees on their premises. “As the secular year ends we want to remind you that erecting a Christmas tree in a hotel contravenes halacha [Jewish law] and that therefore it is clear that one should not erect [a tree] in a hotel,” the letter reads, according to the Times of Israel. “It is also appropriate to avoid hosting parties to mark the end of the secular year.”- rh 21/12/2016
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Jerusalem eviction case back with Israel’s high courtCharlotte Silver - Rights and Accountability - "According to the family, the settlers’ lawyer has demanded that they be evicted and suggested they move into a small storage room under the home." - id 21/12/2016
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Israel bans burials in parts of East Jerusalem Muslim cemeteryMa’an News Agency - "Employees of Israel`s Nature and Parks Authority escorted by Israeli forces raided the Palestinian Bal al-Rahma cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday and installed a sign forbidding burial in parts of the cemetery which have been claimed to become a national park" [ry]19/12/2016
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Donald Trump`s Israel ambassador pick: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem would be `declaration of war`Bethan McKernan - Independent - Potential US ambassador to Israel David Friedman said he looks forward to working in a `US embassy in Israel`s eternal capital, Jerusalem,` angering Palestinians and liberal Jewish groups [ry]19/12/2016
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Palestinian official: peace prospects dead if Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem Reuters - Ynet - Erekat said Jerusalem was a final-status issue to be negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians, who also want it as the capital of a future independent state. Successive US administrations have avoided formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel`s capital. If Trump makes good on his campaign promise, it would up-end decades of US policy and enrage the Muslim world. [bz]17/12/2016
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IOF open fire on Palestinian car, Qalandia checkpointPNN - Palestine News Network - "According to bystanders, Israeli soldiers opened fire on a car, then arrested the woman who was driving, and another man. Locals said that the woman, a Jerusalemite in her 30’s, was assaulted by the soldiers." - id 14/12/2016
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Nir Barkat confident Trump will move US Embassy to JerusalemAssociated Press - Ynet - "The capital`s mayor says that he has been in touch with US president-elect`s staff about the issue; Palestinians condemn the idea." - id 14/12/2016
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Israeli forces shoot Palestinian activist with rubber-coated steel bullet for taking photosMa`an - Member of the local follow-up committee in al-Issawiya Muhammad Abu al-Hummus was documenting Israeli violations and provocations when an Israeli soldier threatened to shoot him in the head if he didn’t leave. Another soldier then shot a rubber-coated steel bullet at Abu al-Hummus from an approximate distance of 25 meters, hitting him in the leg. Israeli forces and police officers had stormed the town and deployed in its alleys in a provocative manner, started stopping drivers, and arbitrarily issued a number of locals traffic fines, according to the committee. [bz]13/12/2016
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Moving embassy to Jerusalem a ‘big priority’ for Trump — top aide vowsTamar Pileggi - Times of Israel - “He made it very clear during the campaign, and as president-elect, I’ve heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly.” [ak] 13/12/2016
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East Jerusalem: Israeli Strategy Explored in New VideoIMEMC News & Agencies - "`Colonized, impoverished and segregated.` With these words the Negotiations Affairs Department video concludes its narrative of the future facing occupied East Jerusalem and its Palestinian residents" [ry]12/12/2016
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Israeli bill to legalise settler homes `unequivocally illegal`: UNAFP - "I strongly urge lawmakers to reconsider their support for this bill, which if enacted, would have far-reaching consequences and would seriously damage the reputation of Israel around the world," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra`ad Al Hussein." ca 9/12/2016
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IOF complete demolition of two homes in East JerusalemPNN - Palestine News Network - "The two brothers who own the homes had already begun the demolition last Saturday in order to avoid being forced to pay to the Israeli municipality for the process. However, the Israeli municipality did not approve of the brothers demolishing their own homes, claiming that it was not “complete.”" - id 7/12/2016
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‘We Are Orphans Here’ - Life and death in East Jerusalem’s Palestinian refugee campRACHEL KUSHNER - NYT - The camp is, according to Israeli law, inside Israel, and the people who live there are Jerusalem residents, but they are refugees in their own city. Residents pay taxes to Israel, but the camp is barely serviced. There is very little legally supplied water, a scarcely functioning sewage system, essentially no garbage pickup, no road building, no mail service (the streets don’t even have names, much less addresses), virtually no infrastructure of any kind. There is no adequate school system. Israeli emergency fire and medical services do not enter the camp. The Israeli police enter only to make arrests. [bz]6/12/2016
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Israeli police extends time for non-Muslim visitation at Al-Aqsa Mosque compoundMa’an News Agency - "Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of the Islamic Endowment (Waqf), which is in charge of managing Al-Aqsa under Jordanian supervision, told Ma’an that Israeli police notified the Waqf of their decision to allow non-Muslims to visit the compound from 7:30 to 11 am, extending the allocated time by one hour" [ry] 5/12/2016
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Economic Collapse in East Jerusalem: Strategies for RecoveryIMEMC News & Agencies - “Despite the economic obstacles it confronts, East Jerusalem remains at the forefront of Palestinian civil society’s strategies of sumud. These strategies focus on ensuring that Palestinians remain rooted to land under threat of confiscation; creating socioeconomic conditions that help Palestinians endure Israeli policies; maintaining the political identity and cultural heritage of the city; and promoting community-controlled development” [ry] 5/12/2016
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Ashrawi: Partition is a historical concession, and solidarity should be an active engagementRamallah/PNN/ "Even when the Palestinians accepted the principle of partition in 1988 and went even further in agreeing to the 1967 borders, there was neither a recognition of the enormity of the sacrifice nor an appreciation of the historical magnitude of such a concession. As such, it is the only key to peace with minimal justice which is being destroyed by Israel’s continued violations and fundamentalist extremist Zionist ideology." ca2/12/2016
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