Monday, December 11, 2017

Jerusalem

  • Lifta: the struggle over Palestinian memory | April 05, 2017
    2,250 Palestinians lived in Lifta before the entire population was expelled in 1948, during the Nakba. Hundreds of Palestinian villages had a similar story but Lifta is different because it is the only one that was neither destroyed nor inhabited again. .....
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  • Struggling to bury their dead | March 06, 2017
    Bab al-Rahma is the second most important Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem, lying in the shadow of the Old City. Local Palestinians wishing to bury their dead there have been facing increasing restrictions, which some observers see as part of Israel’s policies aimed at weakening Palestinians’ ongoing connection to Jerusalem. .....
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  • LIVE UPDATES: 13.10.2015 | October 13, 2015
    Tuesday sees violent tensions escalate across the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, as protests against the occupation sweep the West Bank East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Since Oct. 1, 29 Palestinians have been killed, at least 55 Palestinians injured with live fire, and 77 injured by rubber-coated steel bullets. .....
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  • Palestinian shot dead after alleged stabbing attack in Jerusalem | October 10, 2015
    Palestinian shot and killed next to the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli police officer. A group of nearby Israeli officers saw the incident take place, and opened fire, killing the attacker, and wounding two Israeli officers in the process, including the officer who had been stabbed. .....
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  • Israeli Police Close off Jerusalem’s Old City | October 04, 2015
    Israeli police have closed off the Old City of Jerusalem to Palestinians for 48 hours after two Israelis were killed and three injured in one confirmed and one alleged stabbing attack. The Israeli army announced that only Israeli citizens, residents of the area, tourists, business people and students of the Old City are permitted to enter. .....
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  • 10 arrested at Jerusalem Day demonstration | May 18, 2015
    Israeli nationalists and police clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem Sunday during controversial Jerusalem Day commemorations, marking when during the 1967 Six Day war Israel seized and later annexed East Jerusalem. .....
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  • Propaganda or careless journalism - the BBC investigated | July 10, 2014
    Nowhere is it more important to disseminate accurate and unbiased information to news audiences than in reference to Palestine and Israel. For many the situation is both confusing and multifaceted, and the sensitivities surrounding the status of Jerusalem in particular are deep-seated and long standing. .....
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  • Emek Shaveh: Archaeological narratives and control of Jerusalem | May 19, 2014
    It was a find, literally, of biblical proportions. Last week, Israeli archaeologist Eli Shukron boldly claimed that he’d discovered the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of 3,000 years ago – a site that has long evaded discovery, but which is regarded as pivotal to Jewish biblical history. .....
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  • Devotion and restrictions in Jerusalem this Easter | April 22, 2014
    It is just past midday on the Via Dolorosa, and Jesus Christ, or at least a devotee dressed as him, is carrying a crucifix. Covered in red paint and with a crown of thorns on his head, he is led by a gaggle of followers wearing purple, sequinned headdresses. The party is surrounded by hundreds of people, cameras, smartphones and iPads raised ... .....
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  • Worshipers detained at Al-Aqsa amidst heated sovereignty debate | March 09, 2014
    Eight Palestinian men were detained by Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday 7 March. Leaving the compound, the young men were arrested as they breached a recent police decision to restrict access to the mosque for male worshipers under the age of 50, based on "intelligence of plans for unrest", according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri. .....
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  • Mounting pressure in Jerusalem’s controversial E1 area | March 03, 2014
    The Israeli army issued demolition orders to 40 Palestinian Bedouin families living on the outskirts of Al-Ezereya in East Jerusalem on Sunday 23 February. The community, about 300 Palestinians from the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, live in mostly steel structures in the controversial E1 area of East Jerusalem. .....
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  • East Jerusalem startled by wave of price tag attacks | October 04, 2013
    Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, has been the victim of two price tag attacks in the last two weeks. On Sunday, September 29, Israeli extremists vandalized eight cars belonging to Palestinian families. A week earlier, on September 22, extremists slashed the tires of five cars, sprayed “price tag” onto one of the ........
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  • Israeli provocations at al-Aqsa Mosque | September 29, 2013
    On 28 September 2000, 13 years ago today, former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon entered the al-Aqsa compound in an act of provocation, sparking the Second Intifada. Recently, more and more Israelis have been entering the Temple Mount again, causing “the worst tension in memory” around the mosque, according to Palestinian leaders who have ... .....
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  • Resistance Culture | September 10, 2013
    Issawiya is nestled in a small valley in East Jerusalem; its modest houses extending up the slopes towards the posh Jewish settlement of French hill and the ivory towers of Hebrew University. These hills, once part of Issawiya, today stand worlds apart.  The manicured lawns, trendy food stalls, and spacious parks of the French Hill/Mount Scopus ... .....
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  • Jerusalem: Family‘s home demolished, now living in cave | September 09, 2013
    Khalid Zir, a 39-year old laborer living in Silwan, was forced to move his family into a cave in late August 2013 after Israeli municipal bulldozers destroyed the small shack that had been home to his family for seven years. The cave that lies beneath the small hill where his home once stood, which was once used as a stable for the family’s farm... .....
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  • Forcing their Hand: Self-demolitions in East Jerusalem | September 02, 2013
    Ziad Ameira was forced to demolish his East Jerusalem house last week in order to avoid the 73,000-shekel demolition cost leveled by the municipality.  On Monday, 19 August, Ziad hired a bulldozer and truck, at a personal cost of 25,000 shekels, and destroyed his family’s home, thus ending a 15-year battle with the Jerusalem Municipal Court and ... .....
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  • Al-Ka’abneh Bedouins made homeless in Beit Hanina | August 25, 2013
    On August 19th the Bedouin community of Beit Hanina -East Jerusalem- was  brutally woken up by an Israeli raid that tore their homes to the ground. An estimated two-hundred Israeli soldiers stormed the makeshift structures at around 6 AM, threatening its inhabitants with guns and forcing them out of the perimeter outlining the area ... .....
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  • Israel’s puppet war unmasks apartheid regime | July 03, 2013
    The El-Hakawati theatre was colorfully adorned to host its annual International Puppet Festival when a closure order by the Israeli authorities dashed the expectations of the Palestinian children living in East Jerusalem. Now signs announcing the closure of the theatre from June 22 to 30 have replaced the festive decorations..... .....
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  • Apartheid roads on the rise in Jerusalem | June 18, 2013
    Israel’s Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee has approved the construction of the Hazeitim interchange, a road way that connects the Ma’ale Adumim settlement bloc directly to Jerusalem and allows for further settlement construction in the controversial E-1 area.  .....
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  • Video: protest in Jerusalem | June 08, 2013
    Palestinians protested in Jerusalem after the Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa mosque to mark the Global March to Jerusalem and the anniversary of the Naksa. Israeli forces violently dispersed the protesters, injuring several people. .....
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  • 13 displaced in Beit Hanina Demolition | June 01, 2013
    In the early hours of Wednesday 29 May, a swarm of Israeli police officers surrounded Badwan Al-Salaymeh’s home in the Bet Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Without prior warning or allowing the family to remove their belongings, two bulldozers transformed the two-story house into a disfigured mass of broken concrete blocks and mangled iron.  .....
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  • Israel cancels UNESCO’s visit to the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem | May 22, 2013
    On Sunday 19 May, a few hours before a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) mission was due to arrive in Jerusalem to carry out an examination of the state of conservation of the Old City, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs came up with a surprising announcement, cancelling the visit at the last minute.  .....
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  • Israeli Forces Repress Nakba Commemoration in Jerusalem | May 16, 2013
    The biggest event of this year’s 65th anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for the catastrophe) took place outside of Damascus Gate in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. Over 500 Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists gathered for the remembrance, a tribute which was marred by clashes that erupted between Palestinians and the Israeli army ... .....
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  • Among the ruins of Lifta, memory of the Nakba persists | May 14, 2013
    Standing within the boundaries of the holy city, Lifta is one of the 68 villages surrounding Jerusalem that were ethnically cleansed during the Israeli systematic attack in 1948. Unlike the others, it is the only Arab village that has not been destroyed since.  Israel confiscated the village land under the Absentee Property law in 1950, despite... .....
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  • Sameer Issawi ends his hunger strike on his own terms | April 23, 2013
    The long term hunger striking political prisoner Samer Issawi will be finally released by the Israeli authorities after he reached an agreement with the Israeli Prison Service overnight on Monday April 22. The deal as confirmed by Shireen Issawi, Samer’s sister and lawyer, is that he will spend 8 months in prison starting from April 23 and... .....
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  • Old City of Jerusalem under attack | March 16, 2013
    The past two weeks has seen a dramatic escalation in attacks and violations in the Old City of Jerusalem by Israeli settlers and soldiers.    The recent catalogue of assaults began on March 4 when Israeli soldiers attacked two female students inside the Al-Aqsa compound and kicked the Qur’an one of the students had dropped.  A few days later... .....
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  • Beit Safafa to be sliced by settler only highway | March 15, 2013
    “No, no Route 4!” a young Palestinian boy yelled out in Arabic. His cries are directed towards the white washed Jerusalem stone walls and heavily tinted windows of the Jerusalem Municipality. He is speaking about Route 4, a controversial, illegal settler-only road that upon construction will slice directly through the predominantly Palestinian... .....
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  • Palestinian woman subject of another Jewish hate crime in Jerusalem | February 27, 2013
    On Monday, February 25 a Palestinian woman was attacked by a mob of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in broad daylight at the light rail station in Jerusalem. The Palestinian woman was punched by one passing Jewish woman in an unprovoked attack, before the Jewish woman‘s friends joined in, managing to tear off the Palestinian‘s headscarf off as they... .....
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  • Protest tent in threatened Sheikh Jarrah | February 09, 2013
    150 activists turned out in solidarity on February 8 to erect a protest tent outside a Palestinian house in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. All ten members of the Shamasna family living inside the house have been told by Israeli authorities to leave by March 1 or face forced eviction. They are the fifth family to face expulsion in the neighbourhood .....
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  • Tensions Rise After Successful Palestinian UN Bid | December 04, 2012
    International outrage has mounted since Israel’s announcement last Friday that it plans to build 3,000 additional homes for its settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the controversial plan just one day after the United Nation’s decision to symbolically recognize a Palestinian state—based.... .....
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  • Part 2: What’s Going on in Silwan? Elad’s List of Sins | November 13, 2012
    This is a three part story about the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan which threatened by Jewish settlers who are in control of archaeological tourism in the area. The state of Israel supports the settlers in order to consolidate its hold over Jerusalem, while the settlers are seeking control over the Noble Sanctuary/Temp.....
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  • Part 1: What’s going on in Silwan? The Story of Al Bustan | November 03, 2012
    This is a three part story about the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan which threatened by Jewish settlers who are in control of archaeological tourism in the area. The state of Israel supports the settlers in order to consolidate its hold over Jerusalem, while the settlers are seeking control over the Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount..... .....
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  • 800 more housing units for Israelis in East Jerusalem | November 01, 2012
    On October 22, Israel once again officially announced a plan to construct more houses in occupied East Jerusalem. The settlement of Gilo, according to the plan, will be expanded by providing Jewish settlers up to 800 new homes.The extension of the already existing settlement will be located in the south of East Jerusalem........ .....
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  • Jewish terrorism unit to protect Israelis | October 29, 2012
    Ramallah – On Wednesday October 10, the Israeli government appointed a newly formed unit with the sole responsibility of dealing with “Jewish terrorism,” countering the attacks carried out by extremist settlers.The inauguration of the new unit was attended by senior Israeli officials and held in the “Binyamin District” of the West Bank in which... .....
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  • Extremism goes mainstream: Violence at Al Aqsa Mosque | October 12, 2012
    Every year, the Jewish holiday of Sukkot brings with it groups of Jewish worshipers who try to penetrate security at the Al Aqsa compound, disregarding the sanctions of this Muslim holy place. Typically these antics lead to clashes between the Palestinians inside the compound and the Israeli police or soldiers, who offer protection to the Jewish... .....
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  • Closure of Ras Khamis checkpoint impedes freedom of movement further | October 03, 2012
    Ramallah – On Wednesday, September 19th, the Israeli authorities closed down the Ras Khamis checkpoint, which serves 65,000 Palestinians and is one of the only two entrances to the Shuafat refugee camp. The Shuafat refugee camp is already enclosed on three sides by the Apartheid Wall, even though it is actually a part of the Jerusalem Municipali... .....
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  • Palestinians participate in the Jerusalem Film Festival | July 24, 2012
    It could have been uncomfortable, but instead the unlikely auditorium assigned for Monday’s July 9th screening of short films by Palestinian and Israeli directors on the subject of water, part of the Jerusalem Film Festival, was the perfect backdrop for an evening which both willingly and unwillingly highlighted where the dominating narrative... .....
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  • Political Archeology in Jerusalem | July 12, 2012
    After over four decades of excavation work the Ophel Wall site, which is located in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park, was opened to the public on 21 June.The archeological findings—which were restored by the Israel Antiquities Association—include one wall, a building thought to be a gate house, and part of a tower which have been said .... .....
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