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How Israeli Moves in Jerusalem are Scotching Trump’s ‘Ultimate Deal’Jonathan Cook - Counterpunch - A decision by Donald Trump this Thursday could prove fateful for the immediate future of Jerusalem, the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the region. He must decide whether to renew a presidential waiver, signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that expires on June 1. The six-month waiver delays implementing a law passed by Congress in 1995 that requires the US to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate its embassy there from Tel Aviv.It is a law every president for the past 22 years has baulked at. It would pre-empt the Oslo accords and negate Washington’s assumed role as “honest broker”. Carrying out Congress’s wish would deny the Palestinians East Jerusalem, the only credible capital of a future Palestinian state.-rh31/5/2017
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140,000 Palestinians threatened with loss of Jerusalem residency IMEMC - According to the Israeli Channel 10 TV, quoted by Gulf News, Israel`s national security council resolved to no longer consider the Shu’fat Refugee Camp and the suburb of Kafr Aqab as parts of municipal Jerusalem. The two locations were included in Israel`s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem in June 1967. However, they were left out when Israel constructed the "Separation Wall". Muneer Zughair of the Neighbourhoods Committee said that residents were already suffering from a lack of municipal services and facilities, and from frequent water shortages. Fakhri abu-Diyab of the Committee in Defense of Occupied Jerusalem said that 140,000 Palestinians — 75,000 at Shu’fat and 65,000 in Kafr Aqab - might altogether lose their Jerusalem residency permits, while at the same time Israel would retain security control and continue conducting armed raids. [ak] 30/5/2017
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PLO slams Israeli security cabinet meeting in occupied East Jerusalem as `provocation`Ma’an News Agency - "Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary- General Saeb Erekat denounced on Sunday a meeting of the Israeli security cabinet held earlier in the day in tunnels located underneath the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem as a `provocation` and proof that Israel `insists on sabotaging international efforts` for peace" [ry]29/5/2017
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The one day Jerusalem`s Palestinians fear the mostSuleiman Maswadeh - +972 - In my childhood I witnessed right-wing Israelis violently rampaging through the Old City, and especially in the Muslim Quarter where I lived. These rampaged only intensified over the years, due to the security situation as well as the leniency of the authorities. Those who celebrate Jerusalem Day know full well that these kinds of actions are an outright provocation toward the city’s Muslim inhabitants. This is especially felt in the Muslim Quarter.-rh24/5/2017
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Liberal Jews stage sit-in to block annual ‘Jerusalem Day’ march into Muslim Quarter Israel/Palestine Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "     As Israelis marked “Jerusalem Day,” a commemoration of Israel’s capture of the eastern half of the city in 1967 with a parade through the Old City, a group of left-wing American Jews and Israelis blocked their path with a sit-in. Annually the “march of the flags” starts with rallies in the western half of the Jerusalem, followed by tens of thousands of mostly teenaged Israelis marching with banners through the Muslim Quarter, ending at the Western Wall." ca27/5/2017
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Jerusalem Day and the country without a capital Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "The annual marking of Jerusalem Day, on May 24 this year, has become a raucous, nationalist demonstration of Israeli ownership of the city, in general, and the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, in particular. Tens of thousands of youths affiliated with religious Zionism march through the Muslim Quarter on their way to the Western Wall, waving Israeli flags and calling out slogans peppered with curses at the Palestinian residents hiding out in their shuttered homes. Instead of defending the Palestinians against these power- drunk youths, the police oblige merchants to close their shops along the parade route and to stay away. This year, to mark the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “liberation of Jerusalem,” the police permitted the extension of the so-called dance of the flags to include the walls of the Old City from the Jaffa Gate to the Dung Gate." ca 26/5/2017
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Western Wall will always be Israeli, PM says ahead of Trump visitStuart Winer and Amanda Borschel-Dan - The Times of Israel - With US envoy Friedman in attendance, Netanyahu also tells celebration marking 50 years since city’s unification that Jerusalem will always be Israel’s capital [ry]22/5/2017
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Israeli Police Evict Old City Residents Ahead of Trump VisitJason Ditz - AntiWar - Several Stores to Be Closed Throughout Visit [ry]22/5/2017
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How Israel is targeting Palestinian institutionsYlenia Gostoli - Al Jazeera - Recent raid of Arab Studies Society`s Jerusalem office highlights a long-standing problem, rights groups say [ry]22/5/2017
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For Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Israeli Bureaucracy Goes From Bad to Intolerable Nir Hasson - Haaretz "Unfortunately for Dr. Samir Masri, a resident of East Jerusalem, his son Omar was born prematurely during a family trip to the United States. Because his wife is a native of the West Bank who is in the midst of the “family unification” procedure, their baby had no legal status in Israel when they returned.Thus began their Kafkaesque journey through the bureaucracy of the Interior Ministry office in East Jerusalem, which has a reputation for its poor treatment of Palestinian residents of the city." ca 19/5/2017
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US ambassador David Friedman arrives in IsraelAl-Jazeera - "Speaking at a pre-election rally in October in support of Trump on Jerusalem`s Mount Zion, Friedman said Trump would fire US state department "lifers" who refused to move the embassy." - id 17/5/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct 17 Palestinians In The West Bank IMEMC - "In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Odai Abu Tayeh, from his home in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and took him to an interrogation facility." - id 17/5/2017
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Is the Western Wall part of Israel? Trump is a bit uncertain Eric Cortellessa - Times of Israel - A senior member of the US delegation preparing Trump’s visit next week angrily rejected a request that PM Netanyahu accompany the president when he visits the Western Wall. The American told Israeli counterparts that this part of the Trump visit would be "strictly private", and burst out with "“What are you talking about? It’s none of your business. It’s not even part of your responsibility. It’s not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank.” When faced with sharp protests by the Israeli government and American Jewish groups, the White House announced that the Western Wall comments were “unauthorized” and do not represent the stance of the Trump administration. It is not clear, however, whether Netanyahu would be able to accompany Trump there. [ak]16/5/2017
`We shall remain`: Bedouin of Jabal al-Baba face an uphill battle to keep their land Mersiha Gadzo - Mondoweiss "Life was so simple before the [separation barrier] because you could leave for vacation, for weddings; you could take your car and go to Jerusalem,” Mazara’a said. “You could pray Maghrib [prayer just after sunset] here and then pray Isha [evening prayer] at al-Aqsa.” Such a scenario today remains a distant dream for the Bedouins living at Jabal al-Baba, also known as Pope Mountain, even though Jerusalem is only 2.5 miles away. Now, Bedouin communities stand in the way of the E1 zone, which would expand settlements from Ma’ale Adumim to occupied East Jerusalem...Israeli authorities seek to relocate 18 Bedouin communities that live in E1 and a total of 46 Bedouin communities living in the central West Bank." ca 12/5/2017
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Israeli police to open station at entrance to Shuafat refugee campGroup 194 - "A spokeswoman for the Israeli police said internal security minister Gilad Erdan and senior officials would participate in the opening ceremony. The intensive deployment of soldiers at the Shuafat checkpoint and its vicinity affected the movement of citizens living in the area from and to Jerusalem. The Shuafat barrier or checkpoint is one of the West Bank’s hottest flashpoints, where confrontations happen almost on a daily basis between Israeli soldiers and local young men." ca 12/5/2017
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Dozens of Palestinian cars defaced in J`lem `price tag` attack+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Attack comes just days after a number of Jewish extremists were served with administrative restraining orders barring them from the West Bank." - id 10/5/2017
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East Jerusalem hit by wave of home demolitionsAviv Tatarsky - +972 - The maliciousness of the demolition policy in al-Walaja, East Jerusalem and Area C is unmistakable. Thousands have been made homeless by demolitions in the last two years, with the underlying goal of expelling the Palestinian population to the Area A and B enclaves throughout the West Bank. [bz for dn]7/5/2017
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MADA: Escalated Attacks against Jerusalem JournalistsIMEMC - "An Israeli police cavalry unit attacked several journalists, injuring them and destroying their equipment, as well as preventing them from covering a peaceful assembly organized in Jerusalem, in solidarity with the Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike since  4/17/17." - id3/5/2017
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