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  • PHOTOS: When even holding signs is forbidden by Israeli Police

    Dozens of Israeli, Palestinian and international activists protested in the Old City and Sheikh Jarrah against the Judaization of Jerusalem. The police, however, didn't take kindly to their expressions of free speech. By Natasha Roth, photos by Mareike Lauken, Keren Manor/Activestills.org Israeli, Palestinian and international activists gathered at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City Friday afternoon, before marching to the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in order to protest the Judaization of East Jerusalem. The march came amid increased tensions over the attempt by Jewish settlers to take over property in Palestinian areas of the city, following the attempted eviction of…

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  • Palestinian family under threat of eviction by settlers

    The Sub Laban family has been living in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City for over 60 years. Now, a right-wing settler group is trying to expel them, with the full support of the state. By Aviv Tatarsky The State of Israel has been trying to expel the Sub Laban family from their home in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem for the past 35 years. During the first 30 years of its attempts, it was the Custodian General who did the job; since 2010 it has been the "Ateret Cohanim" settler NGO. The family went through…

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  • The occupation doesn't take a day off for elections in E. J'lem

    On election day, Palestinians in East Jerusalem aren't worrying about who will be the next prime minister — they are too busy trying to protect their homes. I decided to start my day, Election Day, at the Western Wall. With all due respect to the ballot box, the Wall is the real thing when it comes to depositing small pieces of paper. The entire plaza was surprisingly empty. Aside from tourists there were very few worshipers. Three ultra-Orthodox girls giggled behind a table near the entrance, writing something on small pieces of paper. With a smile, I ask them if…

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  • A rare win for E. Jerusalem family facing settler takeover

    Israel's Supreme Court 'recommends' that settler organization Elad and the JNF withdraw their petition to take control of the property. By Moriel Rothman-Zecher In the context of the absurd reality of Israel’s occupation, last Thursday brought a glimmer of good news. Attorneys for the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and settler group Elad withdrew their petition seeking to expel the Ruweidi family from their East Jerusalem home. Elad's lawyer, Eitan Peleg, withdrew the following a recommendation made by the Israeli Supreme Court, casting doubt on Elad’s and the JNF’s claims to the property. Peace Now settlement watch director Hagit Ofran told…

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  • JNF, settler group seek to evict Palestinian family in Silwan

    The Jewish National Fund, known to Jews worldwide as an organization that plants trees in Israel, is once again trying to evict a Palestinian family from their home in East Jerusalem. By Moriel Rothman-Zecher Over the past few decades, the Jewish National Fund (JNF-KKL), an organization known to many in the diaspora for its work planting trees in Israel (I gave a portion of my Bar Mitzvah money to the JNF), has been working in coordination with Elad, an extremist settler organization whose explicit goals include the “Judaization" of East Jerusalem. Since 1991, the cooperation between these two organizations has…

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  • Parks and Occupation: Archaeology is the new security

    The Biblical blueprint is being dragged up around our feet, seeking to use what is under the ground as evidence of divine right and the political and territorial sovereignty it supposedly affords us. By Natasha Roth The past makes for prime real estate when you're developing a national mythology. It's also a fine way to exert control over an area, both under — and overground. Just ask the residents of Silwan, East Jerusalem, whose homes have variously been placed under demolition orders, dug under, or had access restricted in the name of archaeological exploration. The use of archaeology as a…

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  • American teen beaten by Israeli police is cleared of wrongdoing

    The cousin of Muhammad Abu Khdeir's videotaped beating by Israeli police in Jerusalem led to widespread outrage. He had been arrested and accused of participating in riots. Palestinian-American 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, whose severe beating by Israeli police while he was in custody last summer was caught on video, has been cleared of all wrongdoing in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday. Following his beating, the American citizen was arrested and held under house arrest for nearly two weeks before being permitted to return home to Florida. The incident took place after Tariq’s cousin, 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was…

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  • Popular struggle leader: Education is the best weapon against occupation

    Salah Diab, one of the leaders of the struggle against expulsions of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, was released from prison after serving five months for a crime he says he didn't commit. Now that he has returned to the neighborhood, he is as sure as ever: the future belongs to the Palestinian people, not the settlers.   It was nearly four-and-a-half years ago that Salah Diab, a resident of the East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, heard noises outside his door. He went outside to see what was going on, taking his camera with him, as…

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  • High Court demands a solution to East Jerusalem water crisis

    Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem have been suffering from a severe water crisis for 10 months. Israel’s High Court of Justice on Monday ordered the state to find a solution to the severe lack of running water in four East Jerusalem neighborhoods located beyond the separation barrier. Despite their location within territory that Israel unilaterally annexed to its capital, the Palestinian neighborhoods of Ras Shehada, Ras Khamis, Dahyat A’salam and the Shuafat Refugee Camp have been suffering from a severe water crisis since last March, when residents went three weeks without any water supply. PHOTOS: Weeks without water in East Jerusalem They…

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  • The Israel-Palestine Lorde Diaries, Chapter 3: Two Islands

    Between general despair and out of fear of offending the anti-normalization movement, the project moves on and Lorde makes an unlikely fan.  Read the previous chapters of The Israel-Palestine Lorde Diaries' here. More than a week has passed and I haven't heard from Hanin. I figured we need find another translator. Meanwhile, Jewish-Arab partnership in this unholy land received a major blow. Vandals set fire to Jerusalem's "Hand in Hand" school, one of a tiny handful of bilingual schools in the country. The arsonists turned out to be activists with "Lehava," the same organization to which I dedicated my version…

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  • Palestinians in East Jerusalem go 10 months without water

    Israel refuses to connect four neighborhoods in its self-declared capital to running water. Tens of thousands of Palestinians in East Jerusalem have been cut off from a regular supply of running water for nearly a year due to to their location beyond Israel's separation barrier. Despite their location within the boundaries of Israel's self-declared capital, the neighborhoods of Ras Shehada, Ras Khamis, Dahyat A’salam and the Shuafat Refugee Camp have been suffering from a severe water crisis since last March, when residents went three weeks without any water supply. They have been forced to buy water bottles at a high cost, and…

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  • +972's Editor's Picks of 2014

    As 2014 comes to a close, +972 Magazine’s editors and bloggers took time to look back at the year that was, and share the articles that most resonated with them – in no particular order.   Israel's watershed moment that wasn't The Gaza war was perceived very differently in Israel and abroad, even among some of this government's supporters. Specifically, we heard references to the type of atmosphere that prevailed in the Jewish community during the First Lebanon War and the First Intifada — feelings of shock, after which nothing could possibly be the same. Foreign journalists and diplomats expressed similar…

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  • The wave of Jerusalem attacks Israelis don’t hear about

    One hundred Palestinian bus drivers in the capital have quit their jobs because of such violence from Jewish racists. If you’d asked me how many East Jerusalem Palestinian bus drivers in the capital had quit their jobs because of the violence they’d faced from Jewish assailants, I’d have said oh, maybe three. When I read in Haaretz on Sunday (truly a must-read) that the number is roughly 100 — or one out of three Palestinian bus drivers in the capital — I was amazed. East Jerusalem Palestinians, on the whole, are poor; driving for Israel’s giant Egged bus cooperative is…

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