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East Jerusalem Teen Detained at Night and Beaten during Interrogation IMEMC - "Amir Othman Darwish, 14, awoke to find at least a dozen Israeli paramilitary border police officers in his bedroom on January 2, around 3:30 a.m., in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Eeesawiyya. He was handcuffed and transferred to Al-Mascobiyya interrogation and detention center, in Jerusalem, without being informed of the charges against him. Amir told Defense for Children International – Palestine he was strip-searched, subjected to physical violence during interrogation, and coerced into signing documents written in Hebrew without understanding their contents." - id 25/1/2017
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EU Foreign Minister: European embassies will stay in Tel AvivItamar Eichner - y-net - EU Foreign Minister Mogherini stated clearly that, while President Trump might decide to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, European will stay in Tel Aviv. They will not go to Jerusalem until there is a final status agreement on the city between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli Minister Tzahi Hanegbi implored the Europeans not to intervene in the decisions of the US about the location of its Embassy, since "That is a purely internal American affair". Meanwhile, Trump himself cooled down a bit the expectations of his ardent fans on the Israeli right-wing. Newly installed White House press secretary Sean Spicer made clear there was no intention of announcing an immediate move of the Embassy. Rather, "We are the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject," Spicer said. [ak] 24/1/2017
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Report: Israel continues `policy of reprisal` against Palestinians in Jabal al-MukabbirMa`an - Wafa reported on Monday that Israeli authorities, particularly from the Jerusalem municipality, have continued “reprisal measures” against Palestinian residents of Jabal al-Mukabbir in the form of intensified raids of homes and businesses, imposing taxes and giving orders for home demolitions under the pretext of building without a difficult-to-obtain permit issued by the municipality. Wafa also cited local residents as saying that they have seen an increase in Israeli police-issued tickets to Palestinian drivers and cars parked on the streets of the neighborhood. [bz]24/1/2017
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Abbas, Jordanian king agree to fight against US embassy relocation to JerusalemRoi Kais - Ynet - Meeting in Amman, the heads of state agree to cooperate in an attempt to prevent a move that they believe would have ramifications on regional peace and security and cause other countries to follow suit [ry]23/1/2017
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Trump’s first order of business: Denying Palestinian claim to JerusalemIMEMC News - "Anonymous sources within the Trump administration in the US allegedly told Israeli News Channel 2 Friday that the new US President, Donald Trump, would on Monday make his first order of business the transfer of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively denying the Palestinian claim to the city" [ry]23/1/2017
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Israel approves permits for 566 settler homesAljazeera - Building plan in East Jerusalem approved by local council after being held up until Donald Trump took office in the US [ry]23/1/2017
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Trump’s vow to move embassy to Jerusalem is now a ‘decision-making process’ Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - At his press briefing yesterday, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer three times addressed Jerusalem and repeatedly used the words “decision-making process” to characterize the lack of immediate action on Donald Trump’s promise to move the U.S. embassy there.-rh 25/1/2017
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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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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 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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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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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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