|A Report from the Battlefield of East Jerusalem||Hagit Ofran - Huffington Post - this time, just like yesterday, the Border Police took advantage of the situation to vandalize the neighborhood. A police jeep forcefully crashed into Palestinian cars parked on the street, and according to residents` testimony, the police broke car windows with rifle butts. Why? What security need is there here? Simply, Silwan and East Jerusalem in general, are far from the hearts and minds of the Israeli media and public attention. Police feel they are in the proverbial Wild West and that nobody will do anything to them. Let`s hope that more eyes will look more closely on this area of the conflict.
|Ground-breaking live video talks between British MPs and Jerusalemite counterparts facing expulsion||Hanan Chehata - Middle East Monitor - The primary focus of the meeting was the recent Israeli decree that three Palestinian parliamentarians and one former minister must leave their homes in Jerusalem, give up their jobs, families and move outside of their home city. They have been given the deadline of July 2nd after which, if they refuse to leave, they face arrest and prosecution for remaining in their homes as "infiltrators" without the correct Israeli granted ID and residency permission. This is an extremely worrying development. For any nation to suddenly demand the forced expulsion of native residents - particularly legally and democratically elected government officials – is both illegal under international law and worrying in that it could also be seen as a first step towards opening the floodgates for the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of other native residents of Jerusalem.
|Court upholds decision to keep rightist out of Jerusalem neighborhoods||Aviad Glickman -
"...his acts constituted a danger that may lead to rioting, which would cause damage not just to property but also physical injury."
|Construction at Sheikh Jarrah begins||Ronen Medzini - Ynet - Just days ahead of Netanyahu-Obama meeting, builders start 20 Jewish homes in east Jerusalem||28/6/2010|
|Jerusalem master plan: Expansion of Jewish enclaves across the city|| Nir Hasson and Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee is set to approve a master plan that calls for the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem||28/6/2010|
|Several Palestinians Wounded In Jerusalem Clashes|| ||28/6/2010|
|Planning committee to release blueprint outlining takeover of East Jerusalem||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee at the Interior Ministry will publish in the coming weeks a new blueprint program for development in Jerusalem that will include plans to expand Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. Most of the land earmarked for this expansion is privately owned by Arabs. If the plan is approved, after objections to it are heard, it will grant official approval to an urban plan for the Israeli takeover of East Jerusalem.
|The failed peace process is on display in Silwan||Defence Minister Ehud Barak condemned a “lack of common sense and sense of timing”... Senior Mayor’s Aide Stephan Miller told me the criticisms are of “no concern”, while a mayor’s office statement claimed the “defence minister acts without checking the facts”. ||26/6/2010|
|UN urges Israel to rethink East Jerusalem construction plans||Haaretz Service - "The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the decision by the Jerusalem municipality to advance planning for house demolitions and further settlement activity in the area of Silwan," UN Chief Ban Ki-moon`s press office said in a statement. "The planned moves are contrary to international law, and to the wishes of Palestinian residents."
|Palestinians fear Israeli court ruling may set new grounds for banishment||Maher Abukhater - Los Angeles Times - Abu Arafeh said the justification for the deportation was that because the men had become members of a parliament or cabinet "of a hostile entity," they had "violated their loyalty" to Israel and therefore had lost their right to live in East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied and annexed in 1967. "There is a huge contradiction in this order because it considers the Palestinian Authority as a hostile entity at a time they have mutual recognition and have internationally-sponsored joint agreements," he said.
|Former Jerusalem deputy mayor Yosef `Pepe` Alalu, should residents be afraid of Nir Barkat?||Nir Hasson -
"Along with Alalu, two other members of the Meretz faction were ousted from the municipal coalition, which has now become more right-wing and more religious."||23/6/2010|
|Israeli Official Assails Plans for Demolition of Arab Homes||DINA KRAFT -
"Mr. Barak said that the municipal authorities were “not demonstrating any common sense or any sense of timing — and it is not the first time.”"
|Palestinian Jerusalemites go work abroad and get residency revoked upon return||Amira Hass -
"For the past three years he has been living in his homeland, in his city, in his parents` home - without health insurance for the children, without rights, in constant danger of arrest and expulsion."
|Washington Asks For Clarifications Regarding Demolition Orders In Jerusalem||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The Documentation Department at the al-Quds Center for Social and Economic Rights said that most of the homes are located in Beit Hanina neighbourhood, al-Ashqariyya, Shufat, Nusseiba project, Silwan, al-Thoury, Jabal al-Mukabbir, Sur Baher, al-Zayyim, al-Esawiyya, and Ras Khamis, alltogether housing more than 1,000 Palestinians. ||22/6/2010|
|Barak lashes out over East Jerusalem demolition plan||Haaretz - "The Jerusalem municipality and the planning committee have shown a lack of common sense and timing - and not for the first time" said Barak after facing criticism and demands for explanations from the top officials whom he had come to meet in the United States. [Emphasis OM]
|VIDEO Irish Troubadour Tommy Sands Sings at Sheikh Jarrah||Click on the video embedded in the Hebrew article.||19/6/2010|
|As Mitchell Tries To Launch Talks, Israel To Demolish 22 Homes in Jerusalem||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The Israeli “Planning and Construction Committee” will discuss on Monday a plan put forth by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, to demolish dozens of Arab homes in Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
|Museum of Tolerance: Round Two||Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Archaeologists and Islamic groups point out that the courts were similarly misled when they approved the museum project in 2008, after they had been promised that only “a few dozen graves” would be found at the site, not many hundreds. “The municipality and government simply can’t be trusted on this issue as has been amply demonstrated over the Museum of Tolerance plans,” Mr Margalit said. “They have a history of not acting in good faith.”
|Witnesses: Jerusalem man shot dead at point blank range||Ziad Al-Julani, 38, was shot by Border Guard near a checkpoint in Wadi Joz neighborhood. As usual, accounts differ.||12/6/2010|
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