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Netanyahu allows Knesset members to storm Al-AqsaJerusalem/PNN/ - "Israel’s Channel 2 reported that yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave authorisation for Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque next Tuesday. Netanyahu issued an order prohibiting members of the Knesset from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in October 2015, since the outbreak of the uprising in Jerusalem. In July he temporarily lifted the ban following a legal petition by far-right Knesset member Yehuda Glick." ca 25/8/2017
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EU condemns Israeli confiscations of Palestinian school structures in West BankMa`an News Agency - "The statement referred to the confiscation of solar panels that powered a school in the Bedouin village of Abu Nuwar in the Jerusalem district, the demolition of a kindergarten in the Bedouin community of Jabal al-Baba in the outskirts of al-Eizariya, and most recently, the Tuesday evening confiscation of a school in the remote village of Jubbet al-Dhib in the Bethlehem district." ca25/8/2017
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Israel `jeopardising` Palestinian patients in hospital raidsHarry Fawcett - Aljazeera - The medical director of the main Palestinian hospital in occupied East Jerusalem is calling on Israeli forces to end what he says have become increasingly aggressive tactics on hospital grounds. Dr Bassam Abu-Libneh says security forces are jeopardising treatment of patients during raids.-rh23/8/2017
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102 Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyard IMEMC - "According to Jerusalemite sources, the settlers stormed the courtyard in groups, and in a provocative way." - id 23/8/2017
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Israeli court suspends eviction of Shamasna family in East JerusalemMa`an - The court ruled to suspend the eviction order, after challenges were presented by the family’s lawyer Said Ghaliyeh on the lack of documentation of the plots of lands in the neighborhood on the municipal level. The Israeli judge transferred lawyers for the family and the settlers to the execution department of Israel’s Enforcement and Collection Authority to begin procedures of marking the land to determine how much of the home was built on so-called Jewish property. [bz]20/8/2017
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Former attorney general stands with Palestinians facing evictionOrly Noy - +972 - "Over the past decade Sheikh Jarrah has become one of the focal points of the attempt to Judaize East Jerusalem by messianic right-wing organizations. Doing so isn’t much of a task: in the war against the weakest residents of the city, the state gives its backing to those organizations. What about the homes in West Jerusalem?" - id 16/8/2017
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Producers examining abuse of Blacks in Israel need fundingRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Existence is Resistance is raising funds for the filming of our new documentary Black in the Holy Land. This film will examine the lives and experiences of the various black communities throughout Palestine and the settler state of Israel." - id 16/8/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Invade Mosque Near Jerusalem, Abduct Three Worshipers IMEMC - "Yousef Ed’eis, the Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs said that “the escalating Israeli crimes and constant violations against holy sites in Palestine prove that Israel is interested in escalating the fragile situation in the occupied territories, and is ongoing with its attempts to overtake Islamic holy sites.” - id 11/8/2017
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East Jerusalem family fights Israeli ruling to evict them from their home of 53 yearsMa`an News Agency - A Jerusalemite Palestinian family is facing eviction on Wednesday from the home where they have lived for more than 50 years, after Israeli courts ruled that the house was Jewish property. Ayoub Shamasna told Ma’an on Monday that his family had exhausted all legal avenues after Israeli courts ruled that the family had to be evacuated from the home, where 84-year-old Shamasna has lived since 1964, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.The magistrate court in Jerusalem, the district court, and the Israeli Supreme Court have all ruled in favor of claims that the house is Jewish property and that the owners could evict the Shamasnas.-rh 9/8/2017
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Israel: Jerusalem Palestinians Stripped of Status : Discriminatory Residency RevocationsHuman Rights Watch - Between the start of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967 and the end of 2016, Israel revoked the status of at least 14,595 Palestinians from East Jerusalem, according to the Interior Ministry. Authorities have justified most revocations based on a failure to prove a “center of life” in Jerusalem but, in recent years, they have also revoked status to punish Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis and as collective punishment against relatives of suspected assailants. The discriminatory system pushes many Palestinians to leave their home city in what amounts to forcible transfers, a serious violation of international law.-rh9/8/2017
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East Jerusalem family fights Israeli ruling to evict them from their home of 53 yearsMa`an News Agency - "Ayoub Shamasna told Ma’an on Monday that his family had exhausted all legal avenues after Israeli courts ruled that the family had to be evacuated from the home, where 84-year-old Shamasna has lived since 1964, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.The magistrate court in Jerusalem, the district court, and the Israeli Supreme Court have all ruled in favor of claims that the house is Jewish property and that the owners could evict the Shamasnas." ca9/8/2017
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The Young Palestinian Men of East Jerusalem Have Nothing to Lose Warren Spielberg - Haaretz "Young Palestinian men in East Jerusalem are an "invisible group" largely ignored by Israelis and the municipality controlled by Israel. But their lives are filled with humiliation, deprivation and diminished opportunity. In their personal lives and collective identity, the Al Aqsa mosque sustains them with belonging, purpose and meaning." ca 4/8/2017
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The fog of Al Aqsa violence obscures the true face of Israel`s occupation Joseph Dana - The National - Any change to the status quo in the Old City is cast in the media as part of a religious war. But is this latest outbreak of violence really a religious fight or is it instead a flash point in the battle between an occupying power and an occupied people? In the age of ISIL and the historic transformation of the Middle East, occupation doesn’t gather nearly the same attention as religious conflict.-rh3/8/2017
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Islamic Waqf gives go ahead for prayers at al-AqsaAljazeera - Officials of the Islamic Waqf authority that administers the holy site said on Thursday that Muslims should claim victory after Israel backed down, and urged them to once again pray inside the mosque.-rh3/8/2017
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Hundreds of Israelis enter Al-Aqsa compound for Jewish holidayMa`an - "Despite the agreement with Jordan -- which is the custodian of Al-Aqsa -- Israeli authorities regularly allow Jewish visitors to enter the site, often under armed guard. Such visits are typically made by right-wingers attempting to unsettle the status quo at the site, and coincide with restrictions on Palestinian access, including bans on entrance and detentions." - id 2/8/2017
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Five Palestinians indicted over `Facebook incitement`Yael Friedson - Ynet - The Jerusalem District Attorney submitted indictments against five residents of East Jerusalem for Facebook- related offences. They were charged with "incitement", "calling for terror attacks to be carried out against Israel" and "expressing support for the killing of two Israeli policemen on Temple Mount". One of those indicted had posted on his Facebook page the photo of an Israeli policeman holding his face in shock as paramedics tend to the wounds sustained by his colleague, accompanied by the words: “Hell and darkness in the next life.” [It should be noted that the prosecution had never presented this kind of indictment against Jewish Israelis - though extreme-right Israelis regularly use Facebook to publish calls for the indiscriminate killing of Arabs, for an ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and even outright and explicit calls for genocide-ak] 1/8/2017
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33 East Jerusalemites detained over Al-Aqsa events Ma`an - Overnight, Israeli police detained at least 33 East Jerusalem Palestinians, as part of a crackdown on those allegedly involved in last week`s protests over Israeli measures at the Al- Aqsa Mosque compound. As told to Israeli TV, the police used sophisticated methods to identify people photographed during confrontations, and these were targeted in the predawn police raids. Some of those detained were minors, including 13-year old. [ak] 1/8/2017
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Israeli police raid homes of Jerusalemites accused of receiving funds from HamasMA’AN NEWS AGENCY - Israeli police and Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, forces raided several neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem overnight between Monday and Tuesday, storming and ransacking Palestinian homes that police accused of being financially supported by the Hamas movement Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al- Samri said in a statement that the raids were carried out after “intensive investigations” by Israeli police and intelligence officials that indicated that Jerusalemite families of "terrorists" were receiving money and funding from the Hamas movement “to reward them for the bloody and massive terrorist attacks their children have carried out.”-rh 16/8/2017
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