While the exclusion of Palestinian cab drivers from a Jerusalem megaplex is illegal and immoral, it is just the tip of the iceberg in a city that constantly tries to erase Palestinian existence. “If she wants a Jewish driver, she’ll get a Jewish driver, I don’t understand what difference it makes.” This is how Merav Basher, the representative of Cinema City Jerusalem, responded to Thair Raga, a cab driver from East Jerusalem, when he confronted her about the megaplex's policy of ordering Jewish-only drivers for some of their workers. This policy has now come to light after an exclusive investigative…Read More...
For months on end Cinema City Jerusalem demanded that a contracted taxi company send only Jewish drivers for some of its workers. When the company refused, the megaplex cut its ties. An investigative by our Hebrew site, Local Call, in cooperation with 'Ulpan Shishi,' Channel 2's flagship news broadcast. By Yael Marom "If she wants a Jewish driver, she'll get a Jewish driver, I don't understand what difference it makes." "The two of them just asked for a Jewish driver." "A woman needs to make it to Mevaseret Zion, I would like a Jewish driver to come pick her up." "One…Read More... | 1 Comment
A new type of sponge-tipped bullet introduced in East Jerusalem last summer has broken arms, fractured faces, destroyed eyesight and killed a teenager. Now a similar projectile is slated for use against Palestinians in the West Bank. Following the introduction last summer of a new type of sponge-tipped bullet into the Israel Police’s arsenal, the Israeli army is now set to begin using a similar projectile in order to disperse demonstrations in the West Bank, according to Ynet [Heb]. The new bullets will be phased in during the coming weeks as a pilot, following which they will be distributed among…Read More... | 28 Comments
The traditional 'march of the flags' on Jerusalem Day, marking the 'reunification' of the city under Israeli sovereignty, has more to do with domination over Palestinians than celebration. Photos and video by Oren Ziv, Keren Manor, Faiz Abu-Rmeleh, Tess Schaflan, Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org Text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Jerusalem Day is billed as a celebration of the city’s “reunification” in 1967. In practice, it is a day for Israeli nationalists, draped in flags, dancing in circles, singing and chanting “death to Arabs” as they march through East Jerusalem and the Old City. Many of the Jewish demonstrators are bused in…Read More... | 4 Comments
Ahead of Jerusalem Day 2015, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) released a factsheet detailing the disparities between the city's Jewish and Palestinian residents and the systemic discrimination in East Jerusalem. The following infographic accompanies the report. Read more here.Read More... | 7 Comments
More than one quarter of Jerusalem's Palestinian residents live behind the concrete separation barrier; Israel has revoked the residency of over 14,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites since 'reunifying' the city in 1967, including 107 last year alone. Three-quarters of East Jerusalem’s 300,200 Palestinian residents live below the poverty line, including 83.9 percent of children, according to a new report published by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).The state of affairs is attributed, in large part, to a lack of investment by the state as well as the fact that more than 25 percent of Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents live on the…Read More... | 1 Comment
On Jerusalem Day, it is worth asking what effective response we can offer for the violent crisis that has raged in the city for almost a year. Some observers blame ongoing discrimination against East Jerusalem residents for the rage and violence that erupts from the Palestinian population in the city. The response they propose is based on narrowing gaps and ending discrimination. This is also the solution proposed – at least declaratively, and after a wholesale “strong arm” approach – by right-wingers, who do not conceal the fact that their chief motivation is to prevent the division of the city.…Read More... | 20 Comments
High Court dismisses petition to re-route the 'Jerusalem Day' march away from the Muslim Quarter, but tells police it expects them to act against the type of racist incitement for which the 'March of the Flags' is notorious. Two Jerusalem-based NGOs on Monday lost a legal battle to keep Israel’s hyper-nationalist, racist and often violent "March of the Flags" Jerusalem Day procession from passing through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City later this week. The High Court, while dismissing a petition by Ir Amim and Tag Meir, did tell police that it expects them to arrest and press charges…Read More... | 8 Comments
A journalist learns that if you photograph Border Policemen committing a felony, you’ll probably end up paying for it. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Near the end of January 2015, Amin Hassan Raneh Alawiya left his home in East Jerusalem’s Al-Azariya neighborhood and made his way to a wedding. As he later described it in his police complaint, upon leaving the house, Alawiya – a photojournalist by profession – noticed a demonstration taking place nearby. Naturally, he picked up his camera and went over to document it. A Border Police officer, whom Alawiya recognized, ordered him to move…Read More...
Freshman Jewish Home MK Yinon Magal accuses a former Israeli Foreign Ministry director of committing a capital offense: advocating for a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Right-wing elements in Israel have long claimed that the two-state solution is national suicide. Logically, it follows that advocating for such an outcome would constitute treason. That was exactly the view espoused by former journalist and high-profile freshman Knesset Member Yinon Magal of Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party on Tuesday. [tmwinpost] On his Facebook page, Magal posted a video published on +972 Magazine last month, in which former Israeli Foreign Ministry…Read More... | 17 Comments
Pisgat Ze'ev is one of Israel's 'ring neighborhoods,' separating Palestinian East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. Settlement watchdog says tenders could not have been published without Netanyahu's approval. The Israeli government published tenders for 77 new housing units in the settlements of Pisgat Ze’ev and Neve Yaakov in occupied East Jerusalem Monday morning. The tenders follow a six-month gap in published settlement plans for the Palestinian part of Jerusalem [tmwinpost] The move comes against a backdrop of a spike in violence in the area. A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by a checkpoint security guard at a-Zayim…Read More...
IDF openly tells the 7,000 residents of Hizma that they are being collectively punished for the stone-throwing of a few Palestinians. The Israeli army and Border Police closed off both entrances to the Palestinian village of Hizma in the West Bank on Monday afternoon, in response to what the military claimed were incidents of stone-throwing in the area. Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem reported that Hizma's 7,000 residents were also prevented from leaving the village. A sign in Arabic was posted next to one of the barriers, reading: "To residents of the area: Several of you are responsible for carrying…Read More... | 20 Comments
The Jerusalem Municipality and Israel Police provide no services to the walled-off neighborhood of Shuafat Refugee Camp, which is inside the city of Jerusalem. Camp residents discuss what they need.Read More... | 2 Comments
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