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Video: Mob of Jewish extremists beat Palestinians in JerusalemMa`an News Agency - "Israeli daily Haaretz obtained the video, in which some 30 members of the Jewish extremist group Lehava are shown purportedly assaulting three Palestinians during a march organized by the group in downtown Jerusalem last Thursday. At one point in the shaky video, the Palestinians, who are reportedly all residents of occupied East Jerusalem, run into an Israeli police officer, who blocked the group of Israelis from approaching the Palestinians, and told the Jewish youths to leave. The youths refused and continued to hurl insults at the Palestinians." ca30/6/2017
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Video: Ramadan at an Israeli military checkpointAhmad Al-Bazz - Activestills - "Every year during Ramadan, tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank take advantage of a temporary relaxation of Israeli movement restrictions in order to attend Friday prayers at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, which they are normally prevented from entering." - id 28/6/2017
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Israel Resumes Work To Complete A Bypass Road In East Jerusalem IMEMC - "...the road was built ten years ago, but was never opened due to what it dubbed as “budget and security disputes,” and added that the road would be opened in ten months." - id 28/6/2017
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7,000 Settler Housing Units Approved for JerusalemIMEMC News & Agencies - Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Meir Turjeman: "I congratulate the prime minister, who accelerated this move and thawed the frozen construction plans … Jerusalem does not have a lot of land reserves, and we have no solutions for the young couples. This is, therefore, a very significant step" [ry] 26/6/2017
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Israel`s new `security strategy` at Damascus Gate to further control Palestinian movementMa`an News Agency - "Witnesses told Ma`an that Israeli police were conducting physical searches on Palestinians, including women and children, and forcing holders of West Bank IDs to board special buses, which had been deployed across Jerusalem since the early hours of Saturday morning following the attack.The “deportations” followed a decision from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to revoke family visitation permits issued to Palestinians to enter Jerusalem and Israel for Ramadan, as a punitive reaction to the attack. According to Israeli news site Haaretz, 250,000 Palestinians had their permits revoked." ca23/6/2017
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What we didn’t know about the 1967 war James Zogby - Al Ahram Weekly "In September of 1995, The New York Times ran a story under the headline “Egypt Says Israelis Killed POW’s in the ‘67 War”. The story reported on the discovery of mass graves in the Sinai desert containing the bodies of Egyptian soldiers, together with eyewitness accounts of the killings... The story of the Western Wall was no less troubling. Here, too, what happened to the Palestinian inhabitants of the Moughrabi neighbourhood that was adjacent to the wall has long been known and long been ignored." ca 23/6/2017
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Israeli Invasions Into Al-Aqsa Mosque Continue, Resulting In Injuries And AbductionsIMEMC - "Al-Kiswani held Israel responsible for the escalation against the mosque, especially during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, by conducting these invasions, and allowing provocative tours by dozens of extremist colonists into the holy site." - id 20/6/2017
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300,000 worshipers perform prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque on 3rd Friday of RamadanMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces were heavily deployed in the city’s streets leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as at the gates of Al-Aqsa mosque. General Director of the Islamic Endowment (Waqf), which manages the compound, Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib told Ma’an that more than 300,000 worshipers performed prayers at Al-Aqsa on Friday. He expressed his appreciation for the mosque’s guards and workers who organized movement inside the compound, and helped Palestinian worshipers who came from the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, along with foreign nationals from the US, Britain, Turkey, Africa, Jordan, and France." ca17/6/2017
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Gaza: `Jerusalem feels as far away as Mecca` Quota for exit permits for Friday prayer at al-Aqsa markedly less than 2016, signifying a “tightening" of the siege.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - When two buses stopped close to Bab al- Asbat in Jerusalem on the second Friday of Ramadan, the elderly passengers were quick to disembark and head straight for the Old City. It was around 10am, more than two hours before the Friday prayer would begin, but this was an extremely rare opportunity for Palestinians from Gaza to pray at Al-Aqsa mosque and they did not want to waste a second outside of the holy site. "We all wanted the bus to hurry up and get to Jerusalem as quickly as possible," said Mohammed al-Bazz, 70. "We wanted to spend as much time in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa as possible."-rh 14/6/2017
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Palestinian official comes under fire over Jerusalem comments Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The holy sites, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, are a hotly contested issue regardless of when and where they are discussed. At no time is it easy for a Palestinian leader to say anything that deviates from entrenched positions, which both sides hold. Rajoub might have stirred dormant waters in his public statement, and he was blasted for it. This makes it even harder for any leader to address this and other controversial issues in the public sphere.-rh 14/6/2017
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Gaza: `Jerusalem feels as far away as Mecca`Nigel Wilson - Al-Jazeera - "Quota for exit permits for Friday prayer at al-Aqsa markedly less than 2016, signifying a “tightening" of the siege." - id 14/6/2017
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Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "It was incredible that the weakling Eshkol would succeed where the great Ben-Gurion had failed, and hold on to the conquered territories. But contrary to all expectations, there was no pressure at all to give back anything. The occupation continues to this very day." - id 14/6/2017
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Israel approves plans to tighten grip on East JerusalemJonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera - "Palestinian leaders have denounced new construction projects they say will further tighten Israel`s grip on occupied East Jerusalem and its holy places, including the incendiary site of Al-Aqsa mosque.The most elaborate plan is for a cable car intended to bring thousands of visitors an hour to the Western Wall and its Jewish prayer plaza immediately below al-Haram al-Sharif, a compound containing Al-Aqsa and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock." - id7/6/2017
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Blocking embassy move to Jerusalem Trump`s wisest decision yetAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "By signing the waiver against moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, President Donald Trump displayed responsibility and sound judgment." - id 7/6/2017
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