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  • Disturbing the 'peace' in Jerusalem's holiest site

    The past 15 years have seen a revival of Jewish extremist movements seeking to upend the status quo around the Temple Mount in the name of multicultural ideals. Betty Herschman says failing to see through this veneer could lead to the enflaming of one of the world’s most combustible hotspots. By Betty Herschman The current intensification of religious extremist activities on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is not a new phenomenon, but rather the ultimate realization of a slow, decades-long crusade. The story behind today’s mounting pressures - from increased attempts to ascend and pray on the Mount to legislative challenges to…

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  • Resource: Undermining the status quo at the Temple Mount

    The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is one of the most complicated and sensitive issues on Israel’s agenda, activating friction points between Israel and the Palestinian population, and the Arab world at large. Over the past several hundred years, a status quo has been maintained according to which the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif area is an area reserved for Muslim prayer and the Western Wall is a prayer area reserved for Jews. Over the last decade, the status of these areas has gradually shifted, driven by a revival of activity by Jews determined to strengthen the status of the Temple Mount complex as a…

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  • 'Dad's in prison': A young Palestinian woman speaks

    I teach writing at a Palestinian university in the West Bank. Several of my students have been gracious enough to share their experiences with +972, albeit anonymously. This is the first of four short essays. It was a sunny day. I woke up at six o'clock to get ready for my new life because it day was a big day; it was my first day of college, so I was super excited and nervous at the same time. I wore my new clothes and asked mom for her blessing. When I arrived at the college I took some lectures and…

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  • I'm a Palestinian from Gaza, not an alien

    The people of Gaza don't need the sympathy of the international community, they need to be treated like human beings. By Abeer Ayyoub I’m a Palestinian from Gaza, not simply "a Gazan." I’m not exactly what you see in the mainstream media: I’m no expert in firing rockets, I don’t live under rubble and I don’t rely on humanitarian handouts. Actually, I was never aware of how people outside of Gaza saw us until I was given the chance to leave the isolated enclave for the first time. The first time I left Gaza was in 2012, when I traveled to…

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  • Abbas must seek recognition from UN, not U.S.

    Since entering negotiations with Palestinians last July, Israeli policies have only led to a deeper entrenchment of the occupation. Now, Abbas must listen to left-wing Palestinian parties and put an end to peace talks. By Uri Weltmann Dancing the tango with a cactus is a bad idea. Not only are you dancing by yourself, you're also going to be pricked by the thorns. But this is exactly what Mahmoud Abbas has been doing since last July, when he agreed that peace negotiations between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Israeli government would be mediated by the U.S. government, knowing…

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  • PHOTOS: Visiting the last standing Nakba village of Lifta

    Lifta is one of the few remaining Nakba villages, whose residents were deported or fled during and before the war of 1948. Israel has prevented the Palestinians who left their homes from returning to them and when the war ended, it confiscated their land and property. This week, Activestills documented Palestinian women visiting the site along with the usual religious Jewish-Israeli hikers and tourists. Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Almost all of the hundreds of empty Palestinian villages were destroyed after the war and in subsequent decades. In Lifta, 55 of more than 400 hundred homes survived, together with the original…

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  • PHOTOS: Denied services by Jerusalem, Palestinian residents form emergency response team

    Photos & text: Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv, Shiraz Grinbaum /Activestills.org Although it is hidden away from the view of most the city's residents by a separation barrier, the Shuafat refugee camp is officially part of Jerusalem. Therefore, like every other neighborhood in Jerusalem, Shuafat's residents (who pay municipal taxes) depend on the city for their infrastructure and sanitation services. So what happens when the municipality simply ignores its own residents? They take matters into their own hands. Three months ago, several young residents of Shuafat decided to take initiative and start an emergency response team (which they named "Taqam Taware' Assalam,"…

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  • Photos of the week: The long walk to freedom

    Photos By: Keren Manor, Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Tali Mayer / Activestills.org This last week, nearly 200 Sudanese asylum seekers refused to check in to their nightly roll call at the Holot 'open' prison in Israel' south, choosing instead to march to Jerusalem in protest of their imprisonment without trial and the state's failure to respond to their asylum claims. After spending a night sleeping on the floor of the Be'er Sheva central bus station and another night on a kibbutz, they completed their march to the Knesset where they were met by Israeli immigration officers who arrested them forced…

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  • PHOTOS: Asylum seekers march to Jerusalem to protest government policies

    In a mass act of civil disobedience, over 150 Sudanese asylum seekers chose not to show up for the evening roll call Sunday night at an 'open prison' in Israel's south. Instead, they set out on a march to Be'er Sheva, more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, where they spent the night at the central bus station in freezing wintery conditions. According to law, the detainees must check in with prison authorities three times a day. On Monday morning they continued marching toward Jerusalem in order to protest their continued detention without trial and to demand recognition as refugees.…

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  • Umm Kulthum in Vogue: Manipulations in visual media

    'Manipulation,' an exhibit that opened this past Thursday as part of the annual Jerusalem Design Week, brings together the country's top graphic designers to examine whether the field of visual communications is itself nothing more than that - a manipulation. By Eitam Toubul and Shira Glick Designer Daniel Mouktel, who is known for his previous graphic work for the "Arisa" line, criticizes the fashion world using his work "Fashion Force" to show how the world is "dictated by trends that decide what is right and what is out of fashion." At the head of the pyramid sits Vogue, which serves…

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  • First Person: A weekend in 'besieged' Jerusalem

    How apt, and catchy, that the city was cut off from the rest of the country on the very anniversary of the Babylonian siege, over 2,000 years ago, which led to the destruction of the First Temple and basically the beginning of Jewish exile from Zion. By Michelle Bubis Last night, I finally opened my bedroom window. Gingerly at first, feeling very brave. After three days and nights without daring to open a single window in the house, this was a much-needed breath of fresh air, for my sanity as much as my lungs. Three days of a long weekend in…

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  • Jerusalem bill: A return to anti-democratic legislation?

    By a 5-4 majority, a ministerial committee on Sunday approved a bill that proposes to require 80 Knesset members to approve any negotiations about the future of Jerusalem before the issue can even be discussed in peace talks, as reported by Israeli press. It sounds like a technicality: the bill is far from passing as law, as it still requires a Knesset vote. Although members of the prime minister’s Likud-Beitenu party and Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party drove support in the committee, Netanyahu himself opposes the bill, reports Times of Israel. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who has emerged as the…

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  • Radio Ramallah: The cultural bridge that was

    Between 1949-1967 there was a radio station that united West Bank Palestinians and Jerusalem Jews. It wasn't interested in propaganda or demagogy, only playing the most popular Western and Arabic music. A brief history of Radio Ramallah and the legacy it leaves behind.  By Niros* Last Saturday night, while walking on Tel Aviv's Ha'aliya Street, a man from Ramallah turned toward me and my partner. He and three of his friends were a little drunk and in a good mood. It seemed that they had just returned from some Tel Aviv club. He spoke to us first in Arabic before…

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