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U.S. seeks 4-month East Jerusalem building freeze in return for direct talksBarak Ravid/AP - Haaretz - The Obama Administration request Netanyahu to hold a four-month construction freeze in all parts of East Jerusalem. In exchange, the United States would pressure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to hold direct talks with Netanyahu instead of the indirect talks to which the Palestinians have agreed. 31/3/2010
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The Jerusalem ‘Compromise` Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - The White House has eased its stance chiefly because Mr Netanyahu has climbed down on two issues of even greater importance to the administration. First, he has agreed to make a “significant gesture” to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, probably in the form of a prisoner release. That is the carrot needed to bring Mr Abbas to the peace talks overseen by George Mitchell, the US special peace envoy. And second, Mr Netanyahu has conceded that Israel will discuss the “core issues” of the conflict – borders, Jerusalem and the Palestinian refugees – ensuring that the negotiations are substantive rather than formal, as he had intended. 24/3/2010
Three Fundamentalist Knesset Members To Tour the Al Aqsa MosqueSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "They said they will not coordinate their visit with the police as the Jerusalem police previously refused to grant them a permit to conduct a similar tour." 24/3/2010
Jerusalem approves homes in controversial Shepherd HotelNir Hasson - Haaretz - "The Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood was purchased by American Jewish tycoon Irving Moskowitz in 1985 for $1 million."24/3/2010
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15 Palestinians Deported From Jerusalem For 15 DaysSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The District Court in Jerusalem decided to expell 15 Palestinian natives of East Jerusalem out of the city of a period of 15 days, after they were detained by the police during the recent clashes. The 15 Palestinians will not be allowed in the Old city and in the Al Aqsa Mosque area for 15 days. One of the lawyers of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that he represented the fifteen detainees at the Israeli Court. Besides being illegally forced out of their city for fifteen days, the court ordered them to pay 5000 NIS each. 18/3/2010
From Shiloah to Silwan Newsletter - March 2010Emek Shaveh - Newsletter - The Israeli government’s National Heritage Program includes 37 archaeological sites. The program detaches these sites from their overall historical context and instead makes them part of an ideological campaign to augment the dominant national (i.e. Jewish) ethos. This selective conservation of the collective memory of the nation inherently and deliberately ignores anything that is not consistent with its ideological perspective – whether this be thousands of years of Jewish life outside of Israel’s borders, or thousands of years of non-Jewish life within these borders. 18/3/2010
Jerusalem issue `a red line`, says Jordan`s kingIan Black - The Guardian - Abdullah`s comments came a day after the worst clashes in months broke out across East Jerusalem during a "day of rage" announced by Hamas, as the Palestinian movement urged Muslims to reach the al-Aqsa mosque to protect it from an alleged Israeli takeover attempt. 17/3/2010
Wary quiet in JerusalemJPOST.COM STAFF - J-lem Post - "According to Palestinian reports, more than 100 people sustained injuries during the unrest. Palestinian medics said 10 people were seriously wounded, five from rubber bullets." 17/3/2010
`Day Of Rage` Clashes In Jerusalem Darren Whiteside/Reuters - NYT - Dozens of rock-throwing Palestinians clashed with police in several locations in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in a 1967 war along with the West Bank. Meanwhile the U.S.-Israeli crisis deepened with the cancellation of a U.S. peace envoy`s visit. 16/3/2010
’48 my loveSima Kadmon - Yediot/Coteret - If Jews can sue Arabs for ownership of property before 1948, what will prevent Arabs, who own hundreds if not thousands of properties in West Jerusalem, to claim their ownership of them?16/3/2010
Hit and whitewash Ronnie Shaked and Yaron Doron - Yediot (with comment by Coteret`s Didi Remez) - The uncle, who was not yet aware that it was a police vehicle that had hit his nephew, asked the investigator why the police hadn’t stopped the car and attempted to identify it. He claimed that the police officer said, “We were in the middle of operational activity, and during a war we’re not interested in motor vehicle accidents, but rather the mission itself.”16/3/2010
Sahar Vardi, what`s it like being called an Israel-hater? Neri Livneh - Haaretz - The graffiti means that something we`re doing there is working - as though we`re interfering with something. In recent weeks there`s been graffiti on all the cars of all the Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, so it was clear that it would get to us, too. 16/3/2010
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Clashes Reported in Jerusalem’s Old CitySaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agnecies - "The clashes took place as radical right-wing settlers attempted to break into the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City"15/3/2010
Zero Hour in Sheikh Jarrah"Zero Hour" is the Sabbath entry, when right-wing hooligans congregate near the compound and start violence. Police response on March 12? The usual. Declare the legal left-wing demo "illegal" and arrest 10 activists, then fail to stop the real vandals. Several Palestinians injured, several cars damaged. 13/3/2010
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VIDEO March 12 Sheikh Jarrah Demo: Police Deliberately seeking confrontationsMore pics and videos here: http://picasaweb.google.com/mariosav/SheikhJarrahDemonstration1232010# http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-58g_O1PaA0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yagEnOqxAI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLtJDKN1Lx813/3/2010
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Israeli group: Police improperly arresting kids "They are using military-style night raids to extract children as young as 12," said Sarit Michaeli of rights group B`tselem, which says the raids are an inappropriate method to detain children. They also argue the raids defy Israeli law, which demands children be accompanied by guardians while being arrested. 13/3/2010
Settler Threatens Gun Violence in Sheikh JarrahVideo "This is precisely the type of chaos, lawlessness and violence one should expect from an out of control nation which countenances the theft of homes lived in by their Palestinian residents for decades."12/3/2010
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Springtime for Goldstein in Sheik JarrahVideo "this Ynet video of Goldstein’s radical followers who celebrate his death in one of the Arab homes they’ve stolen in Sheikh Jarrah"12/3/2010
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UN chief: East Jerusalem housing plan undermines peace effortsYitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - ""...undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I’ve had here in Israel."" 10/3/2010
Quiet revolution that is freezing Palestinians out of JerusalemRory McCarthy - The Observer - Evictions and planning decisions on the ground are jeopardising prospects for a two-state Middle East peace deal8/3/2010
Stop the Hebronization of JerusalemAs if watching the replay of a movie whose ending we have already seen, here in front of our eyes the Hebron processes are taking place once again, this time in Jerusalem: the entry of settlers to the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood, the provocations and violence, the one-sided actions of the security forces – always serving the interests of the Jewish settlers over the rights of the Palestinian residents. And then, what follows: restrictions of movement, segregation, life becoming a nightmare, and all this in the name of “security considerations”.6/3/2010
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New York Times Owns a Jerualem Apartment on Confiscated Nakba Refugees` PropertyEI brings a new dimension to the NYT`s Israel-Palestine conflict-of-interest: "The New York Times-owned property Bronner occupies in the prestigious Qatamon neighborhood, was once the home of Hasan Karmi, a distinguished BBC Arabic Service broadcaster and scholar (1905-2007). Karmi was forced to flee with his family in 1948...departed by taxi for Damascus, via Amman, with nothing but a few clothes. Their intention was to bring the children to safety ... A few days after reaching Damascus the elder Karmis tried to return to Jerusalem but were unable to do so."6/3/2010
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Dozens hurt in Temple Mount clashes / Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa compound Ynet/Ma`an - Police forces raid site to stop Muslim worshippers hurling stones at Western Wall, seize control of courtyard using stun grenades. Some 20 officers, 60 Palestinians injured - among them a woman who got a bullet in the eye5/3/2010
Barkat’s plan for Silwan is a political plan for the settlers onlyHagit Ofran - Peace Now - Antiquities Authority maps prove there is no real archaeological reason to build a tourist park on the land of the al-Bustan neighborhood. The plan is politically motivated with the goal of expanding tourism settlement in Silwan. It is noteworthy that the municipality appointed architect Arieh Rahamimov to draw the plan, and he is the same architect who is working on a number of plans in Silwan for the settlers of the Elad organization.4/3/2010
Jerusalem Mayor Plans To Raze Palestinian Homes For Tourist ParkDonald Macintyre - The Independent - The plan comes at a sensitive time, with the US attempting currently trying to persuade Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to talks with Mr Netanyahu. And the Israeli Prime Minister is already under fire from Palestinians, the Israeli left and the EU for including two religious venues in the West Bank on an Israeli list of "heritage" sites. 3/3/2010
NY Times` Jerusalem property makes it protagonist in Palestine conflict Ali Abunimah - EI - "At Erlanger`s invitation, Karmi visited, but did not find the elegant one-story stone house her family had moved into in 1938, that was typical of the homes middle- and upper-class Arabs began to build in Jerusalem suburbs like Qatamon, Talbiya, Baqa, Romema or Lifta toward the end of the 19th century." 3/3/2010
[Last news:] Barkat delays Silwan plan Herb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - The Prime Minister`s call to Barkat comes within two weeks of the prime minister`s own decision to place the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Rachel`s Tomb in Bethlehem, on a list of Jewish historical sites to be preserved – a move that unleashed days of violence in Hebron, and condemnation from around the world.2/3/2010
Palestinians on Silwan: Barkat responsible for potential flare upAli Waked - Ynet - Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat plans to destroy 20 Silwan buildings to make place for a King David Park ("historic heritage"). Fatah`s Hatem Abdel Kader: "This is a much broader Israeli plan to drag us into a confrontation so that it will be able to evade its policy obligations." 2/3/2010
An Eviction Stirs Old Ghosts in a Contested CityISABEL KERSHNER - The New York Times - For those who advocate dividing sovereignty over Jerusalem, however, the trickle of Jewish nationalists moving into predominantly Arab neighborhoods that were seized from Jordan in 1967 complicates the map. Moreover, reclaiming properties owned by Jews before 1948 in these areas, critics argue, invites counterclaims from Palestinian refugees who lost property in what is now Israel and undermines Israel’s rejection of their demand for a right of return. 10/3/2010
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