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  • 'Israel only officially recognizes Jewish holy sites'

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is one of the most sacred places in the world for Christianity. Yet Israel does not officially recognize it as a holy site, a new report reveals. Last Saturday the Eastern Churches marked Holy Fire, the Saturday after Good Friday, when Easter begins. Thousands of pilgrims visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem to watch what they believe is the annual miracle of fire in Jesus Christ’s tomb in the Sepulchre chapel. The place was packed, and all the churches throughout the entire Old City were…

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  • Jerusalem demolishes Palestinian homes beyond the wall for first time

    Israeli authorities destroy three homes in al-Walaje, a village that was partially annexed to Jerusalem, yet has been totally neglected by the municipality. By Aviv Tatarsky Israeli authorities demolished three homes in the Palestinian village of al-Walaja on Tuesday. Bulldozers accompanied by Israeli soldiers raided the village at approximately 4 a.m. and began demolishing a home with two units that have yet to be occupied, a family home of five, and a home of Mahmoud, a young man who just got engaged. [tmwinpost] The demolitions in the village are part of a larger wave of home demolitions across the West…

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  • Would pre-state Zionist militias be terrorists by today's standards?

    A Zionist Union MK gets heat for saying not all Palestinians who use violence against Israeli soldiers are terrorists. Can attacks against uniformed soldiers be considered terrorism? By Tomer Persico Labor MK Zohair Bahloul in recent days raised the ire of Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum, including members of his own party, for his unwillingness to label Palestinians who attack Israeli soldiers "terrorists." Explaining why he opposes applying the word terrorist to all Palestinians who employ violence, Bahloul brought up the example of the pre-state militias that took up arms against the British Mandate government. "The Etzel (Irgun),…

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  • CCTV cameras at Al-Aqsa will not lower tensions in Jerusalem

    It is welcome news that the long-awaited cameras will finally be installed soon. The bad news is that they don’t even touch the root of the problem — restrictions on Muslim worshippers accessing Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. By Aviv Tatarsky The issue of CCTV cameras on the Temple Mount has come up over and over again in recent weeks, and there are even reports of a final agreement between Israel and Jordan to install the cameras within the next month. Reaching such an agreement is praiseworthy, and one can only hope that the cameras help prevent another situation in which everyone…

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  • Ethiopian-Israeli activists: It's time for a militant civil rights struggle

    Eight Ethiopian demonstrators arrested at Jerusalem protest against police brutality. Activists: The law does not protect us, we must stop enlisting in the army. By Michael Salisbury-Corech Hundreds of Ethiopian-Israeli activists demonstrated against police violence in front of the Israeli police Jerusalem headquarters on Tuesday. [tmwinpost] The protest came as a response to the police's recent decision to close a criminal investigation against two policemen who tasered Yosef Salamsa, a 22-year-old Israeli-Ethiopian, in 2014, leaving him outside a police station in the northern town of Zichron Yaakov. No evidence was found of criminal conduct by police officers, although investigators recommended disciplinary…

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  • ‘They’re fighting ordinary people who want to live ordinary lives’

    Two taxi rides gave a small glimpse into some of the daily realities of Jerusalem's Palestinian residents — ordinary people forced to live in unordinary circumstances. “These houses were once neighbors,” says Naseem, a Palestinian taxi driver, as we drive through the neighborhood of Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem. He points to the separation wall to our right, jammed between homes that were mere meters away from each other. “These people are even from the same families. Now they have to walk or drive around the wall and through a checkpoint, just so they can visit one another.” [tmwinpost] Naseem,…

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  • WATCH: Three days under military closure in Qabatiya

    West Bank town put under closure following last week's deadly attack on Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem's Old City. Photos and text by: Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org After three days of strict military closure, the Israeli army lifted its blockade Saturday evening on the town of Qabatiya in the northern West Bank. The blockade was put in place last week after three Palestinians from the town carried out a shooting attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, killing one Israeli Border Police officer and wounding three others. The three Palestinians were immediately shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Many have…

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  • WATCH: How a single checkpoint affects an entire neighborhood

    Ever since the eruption of the latest round of violence, the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya has been essentially blocked off from the rest of the city by a single checkpoint. Dozens of residents, along with students from Hebrew University and members of Knesset, held a demonstration calling to open the checkpoint and end the collective punishment of 16,000 people. Read more on the situation in Jerusalem: ‘East Jerusalem youth no longer distinguish between life and death’ Jerusalem becoming mini-police state and ghost capital

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  • Airbnb lets you vacation in illegal West Bank settlements

    Fancy a vacation with breathtaking views of the Holy Land? Airbnb will let you rent out luxurious cottages atop barren hilltops, making no mention of the fact that they are in settlements on occupied land. By John Brown* Airbnb, it has come to our attention, enables anyone to rent rooms and vacation homes in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Anyone who is not of Palestinian descent, of course. Without exception, the listings, some which appear to be luxurious cottages and others that are caravans sitting on barren hilltops, make no mention of the fact that they are in settlements on…

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  • East Jerusalem's youth: Proof that managing the conflict doesn't work

    The blood of East Jerusalem's children, and the blood of their Israeli victims, is a reminder of one thing: there is no way to 'manage' the conflict. A year of mostly bitter, devastating events has finally come to an end. From the murder of 16-year-old Shira Banki at the Jerusalem pride parade to the grotesque behavior of the Israeli Right to the growing exclusion of Arabs from the public space, 2015 leaves behind it very few reasons for optimism. This was the year in which women continued to be murdered in horrifying numbers across the country, Gaza continued to bleed,…

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  • +972 Magazine's 25 most-read posts of 2015

    You, our readers, voted with your clicks. The following is a list of the most popular articles we published this past year.  By +972 Magazine Staff 25. Photo exhibit challenges Zionism's most popular myth Using haunting aerial photographs of the Negev Desert, American artist Fazal Sheikh challenges the notion that the desert was an unpopulated, desolate land before the Zionists made it bloom. Read more here. 24. The untold story of Israeli military exports to South Sudan Since South Sudan’s independence, Israel has continuously sold it weapons, military training, homeland security and surveillance technology. The only problem? That aid is…

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  • WATCH: Barbecue at the checkpoint? Why not

    Following a wave of stabbing attacks in Jerusalem, Israeli security forces erected checkpoints and barriers at the entrance to many of the city's Palestinian neighborhoods, causing untold hardship to the vast majority of residents who had nothing to do with the violence. How would you feel if you found infantry officers holding a barbecue at the checkpoint sealing to your neighborhood? Read more on the situation in Jerusalem: 'East Jerusalem youth no longer distinguish between life and death' Jerusalem becoming mini-police state and ghost capital

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