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Israeli Extremists Assault Palestinian Bus Driver In JerusalemIMEMC - The driver, 38 years old Mohammad Barakat who works for Egged - the main Israeli bus company - told that the two assailants had boarded the bus on a ride through Jerusalem. After they sat in the bus for 45 minutes it reached the end of the line and emptied - whereupon the two got up, sprayed the driver with pepper spray in the face and escaped. ak28/7/2015
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Palestinian man dies during attempted arrest by Israeli security forces Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Mohammad Abu Latifa, 20, becomes third Palestinian in a week to be killed by IDF after he was shot and fell from a roof [ry]27/7/2015
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Mount Scopus Slopes National Park and the harm it causes al-`Esawiyah and a-TurB’Tselem - "According to Bimkom, when planners for al-`Esawiyah met with the planners for the national park for in coordination meetings, the director of the Jerusalem district at the NPA expressly stated that the purpose of the park was to block Palestinian neighborhoods from expanding into the open space. This argument was not subsequently repeated. Instead, other justifications were given to demonstrate that the park is indispensable. The political involvement in the process that saw the approval of Mount Scopus National Park reinforces the concern that the park was meant to serve the unacceptable objective of limiting Palestinian construction in East Jerusalem" [ry]27/7/2015
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SEE! Clashes in Jerusalem AIC - Israeli forces invaded the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya Sunday afternoon, continuing attacks begun last night against the city`s Palestinian population [ry]27/7/2015
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As Fasting Month Ends, Settlers Resume Provocative Visits to Al-AqsaWAFA - "Sources in Jerusalem reported that Israel has put together a black list of all activists and worshipers who remain at Al-Aqsa Mosque and threatened to impose grave sanctions on them and their families, including the demolition of their homes." - id 22/7/2015
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The brave new world of mapping occupied East Jerusalem Dan Cohen - Mondoweiss "The mobile mapping system “acquires two main features, spherical imagery and 360 degrees that can show all the streets and allows you to put overlays and take measurements, and laser scanning that allows you to see the exact same area,” said Ori Isenberg, a representative of Ofek Aerial Photography who I spoke to at the Intelligence, Terror and Special Forces conference last week." ca17/7/2015
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Anti-Arab vigilante group retakes streets of JerusalemRoi Yanovsky - Ynet News - The members of Lehava, a self-styled "anti-assimilation" pressure group, often clash with Arabs and left-wing protesters, as they did on Thursday. In a video filmed by the group "Jerusalem Stands up to Racism," a marcher is seen shouting at a counter-protester: "Do you want your children to marry with Arabs? Go to Gaza then!"-rh 15/7/2015
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Shoot and lie: Israeli forces are killing civilians with impunity .Ben White - Middle East Monitor - Encountering resistance from local residents, the undercover forces requested assistance, and a large number of uniformed Israeli forces entered the camp. The police, in order to "extract the undercover unit and the detainee", deployed "tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and stun grenades."-rh15/7/2015
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Over 450 Thousand Worshippers Mark Al-Qadr Night at Al-AqsaIMEMC - "However, Israel implemented new restrictions, revoking entry permits of hundreds set to travel and only allowing men over the age of 50, children under the age of 12 and women over the age of 30 to access the Mosque compound, purportedly in the wake of the latest string of attacks against Israeli soldiers and settlers." - id15/7/2015
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WATCH: Police shoot Palestinian man in face with sponge-tipped bullet Natasha Roth - +972 - "The shooting in Shuafat is the latest in a string of incidents in which bystanders — predominantly Palestinian — have suffered severe injuries due to being struck with the projectiles." - id 15/7/2015
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Settlers: ban Muslim entry to Al-Aqsa from July 26Palestine News Network - PNN - "The closure of the mosque compound would include the week of ‘The destruction of the Temple’, a Jewish holiday which comes a week after Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan."10/7/2015
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Israel Planning To Expand French Hill Colony In Occupied JerusalemIMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian Researcher, specialized in Settlements` Affairs, Ahmad Sob Laban, said the Regional Committee has approved the illegal annexation of 25 Dunams (6.17 Acres) of lands, belonging to Shu’fat residents, north of Jerusalem. Israel is planning the construction of a commercial zone on lands that were slated only for residential purposes under the Regional Plan of the Jerusalem City Council for the year 2020. " ca8/7/2015
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VIDEO: Land destruction in JerusalemAIC - The Jerusalem municpality is exploiting “empty land cultivation orders” in order to take over land belonging to the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya [ry]6/7/2015
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Israeli troops attack march commemorating one year anniversary of murder of Mohammed Abu KhdeirCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "As hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the Shoafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem Thursday, one year after 16-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was brutally tortured and burned alive by a group of fanatic right-wing Israelis, Israeli troops amassed around the neighborhood and attacked the marchers with tear gas and pepper spray." ca3/7/2015
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Palestinians mark murder anniversary: `We want an Intifada`Hassan Shaalan, Roi Yanovsky - Ynetnews "Hundreds participated in a procession Thursday afternoon in the neighborhood of Shuafat chanting, "We want a new Intifada," to mark the anniversary of the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir at the hands of Israelis motivated by revenge after three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas operatives.Some of the Palestinians threw rocks at Jerusalem`s light rail in three separate incidents. No injuries were reported but light damage was caused to a train trailer. Besides these two cases, there were no reports of violence or conflict with Israeli police who maintained a significant presence at the entrance to the neighborhood." ca3/7/2015
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Muslims, Jews hold joint iftar meals for Ramadan fastLinda Gradstein - Ynet - "Jewish families hosted by Palestinian families for post-fast meal; `I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people,` says Arab woman hosting Jews for iftar." - id 1/7/2015
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New report outlines Al-Aqsa Mosque recommendationsDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - In its summary, the report deals with two issues where it deviates from the accepted opinions of the two conflicting parties. It doesn’t accept the repeated Arab and Muslim claims that Israeli archaeological attempts are aimed at destroying the mosque, and at the same time it accepts Muslim demands that organized and planned visits by Jews to the site should be tightly regulated and that Jews should continue to be disallowed from praying at the compound. Al-Aqsa has banned non-Muslim prayer since 1187.-rh 1/7/2015
Police security escort during the demolition of a home in Silwan uses violence against family membersB’Tselem [ry] - “Palestinians find themselves forced to build without permits because Israeli authorities, including the Jerusalem Municipality and planning bodies, practice policies that prevent them from building legally, with the stated goal of maintaining a Jewish majority in the city. In Wadi Hilwa, these policies take the shape of a master plans that defines the entire neighborhood as a ‘special green zone’ and permits no new construction” [ry]29/6/2015
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Qurea’ Denounces Israeli Plan To Confiscate 615 Dunams Near JerusalemIMEMC - "Qurea’ denounced Israeli groups "that conducted bar mitzvah events in historic Islamic archeological sites," west of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said this all falls under Israeli plans that target the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and Jerusalem in general, through various colonialist activities targeting religious and archeological places." - id 24/6/2015
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More than a year in prison for Facebook postingsIMEMC - 23 years old Odai Mofeed Bayyoumi, of Kafr ‘Aqeb neighborhood, in East Jerusalem was sentenced Bayyoumi to 13 months` imprisonment, plus four months suspended, for what the court called “incitement,” on his Facebook page. This is the second such case within a month. Sami Jamal Faraj Ideis, 28, from Shu’fat had gotten eight months plus six suspended after his posts and comments on Facebookhe were deemed to "incite anti-Jewish violence" and "support "terror". ak 23/6/2015
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Arabs divided on visiting JerusalemAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Palestinians disagree about Arab visits to Jerusalem from religious and national perspectives. While the Palestinian Authority (PA) encourages such visits — as long as they do not lead to a normalization of relations with Israel — many national and religious figures believe these visits further entrench the Israeli occupation, contribute to the normalization of relations and embellish Israel`s image before the world.-rh 17/6/2015
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Army Demolishes A Home In JerusalemIMEMC - "City Council bulldozers, accompanied by the army, demolished his property, and informed him they “placed the destruction order near his property two days ago.” The resident said he never received the alleged order, otherwise he would have filed an appeal instantly." - id17/6/2015
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Three Children Released After Hours Of InterrogationIMEMC - "Friends of the detained children informed their families, and when the parents went to the police station, they were not allowed to see their sons, or attend the interrogation. The families were forced out of the station and were ordered to leave the entire area, or face imprisonment." - id 12/6/2015
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No garbage disposal at Shuafat Refugee Camp! Protest rally Fri. June 12 11/6/2015
Israeli Forces Demolish 3 Industrial FacilitiesIMEMC News&Agencies - "The West Jerusalem municipality, on Tuesday, issued orders to demolish industrial facilities for Palestinians in Al-Jeeb town, northwest Jerusalem, under the pretext of no building permit.ocals said that the neighborhood was inhabited by almost 900 Palestinians. They added that they are always harassed and threatened with home demolitions, since they are surrounded by a number of continuously expanding settlements, such as Giv’at Ze’ev and Giv’on, narrowing the living spaces for Palestinians." ca10/6/2015
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Israel `minimising Palestinian presence` in JerusalemPatrick Strickland - AlJazeera - The increase in forced evictions is part of Israeli policy to push Palestinians out of Jerusalem, rights groups say [ry]8/6/2015
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Claiming to preserve Jerusalem, Israeli archaeologists wreck Palestinian heritageCharlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada "With the blessing of the authorities, Elad plans to build a giant new visitors center on top of an excavation site...At the entrance to the Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan, a cavernous crater reveals that the archaeological dig at the site is well underway. Surrounding the pit is a tarped wall, lined with images depicting what Elad’s finished product will look like if the residents fail in their appeal: a massive new archaeological visitors’ center that will be known as the Kedem Compound, an extension of the City of David National Park in Silwan. The site was formerly known as the Givati Parking Lot." ca5/6/2015
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Occupation destroys three homes in Jerusalem, assaults and detains residentsPNN - Palestine News Network - "One of the buildings, belonging to the Abu Khaled family, was destroyed by the IOF bulldozers without any prior notice. During the operation, some members of the family were left bruised and injured after the Israeli soldiers assaulted and detained them." - id 3/6/2015
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Success and pitfalls of Palestinian anti-normalization Seth Frantzman - Jerusalem Post - On May 28 Palestinian activists, acting in the name of “anti-normalization”, attacked Palestinian, Israeli and international participants in the annual "Jerusalem Hug" event near the Old City`s Damascus Gate. The "Jerusalem Hug", with its aim of promoting coexistence without dealing directly with political issues, was regarded as in practice accepting the situation of Israeli rule. Seth Frantzman, who was himself among those assaulted, analyses the ten years of “anti-normalization”, what it achieved and and what it can`t achieve. ak 2/6/2015
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