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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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  • The Davidization of Jerusalem: On the politics of symbols

    It's no coincidence that images of the Tower of David are popping up everywhere in the holy city: right-wing settlers and real estate moguls alike have been using the symbol to gain power. By Dana Hercbergs Like mushrooms after the rain, the Tower of David seems to be popping up in new places in Jerusalem. Its appearance on phone books, municipal pamphlets, and items like sugar packets and votive candles strikes me as a phenomenon of the last few years, having lived in Jerusalem off and on since 2007. Local friends do not seem to think much of it, claiming that…

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  • Jerusalem high school alumni to students: Refuse military draft

    Dozens of Jerusalem's Israel Arts and Sciences Academy alumni publish a letter calling on future graduates to refuse to serve the occupation. Orly Noy sat down to speak to one of the signatories about the legality of the letter, militarism in the educational system and the influence of former IASA student, Sayed Kashua.  Just three months ago reservists from the secretive Unit 8200 declared their refusal to serve in the army. Now a group of alumni from the Jerusalem's Israel Arts and Sciences Academy (IASA) are calling on the school's students to do the same and refuse to enlist. There are…

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  • How an Israeli and a Palestinian ended up lighting Obama's menorah

    Just weeks after Jerusalem's Jewish-Arab school was attacked by arsonists, President Obama met with two students to light the Hanukkah menorah. Inbar Shaked Vardi talks about her whirlwind trip to Washington DC, and why she has decided to stay at the school despite the threat of violence. By Inbar Shaked Vardi It all started with a Hanukkah menorah. Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, asked the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School to prepare a Hanukkah menorah for a competition. The winning menorah would be lit by President Obama during the White House's ceremonial Hanukkah reception. The Jerusalem bilingual school's menorah was…

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  • The Beaten Path: Tel Aviv's after hours - a night apart (part 12)

    Tel Aviv isn't a single bubble, but rather a bubble made up of myriad sexual, political and social identities. But between the sex, drugs and rock n' roll lies a city whose nightlife is also full of homegrown segregation. Part 12 of Yuval Ben-Ami’s journey through the Holy Land’s most popular tourist sites. It was American-Jewish thinker Abraham Joshua Heschel who proposed, in his essay dedicated to the holy Seventh Day, that the Sabbath is "a palace in time." “Judaism," he wrote, "teaches us to be attached to holiness in time, to be attached to sacred events, to learn how to consecrate…

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  • Three Palestinian activists exiled from Jerusalem for five months

    Without explanation, three Jerusalemite Palestinians are given five-month bans from the city of their birth and residence. One is banned from the West Bank as well. Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org In early December, three Jerusalem-born Palestinians received orders from Israeli authorities banning them from the city for a period of five months. Majd Darwish, Saleh Dirbas and Daoud Al-Ghoul first received phone calls saying that they were banned from entering the Old City. When they reported to the police station as requested they were given military orders banning them from all of Jerusalem until April 30, 2015.…

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  • Like school arsonists, Netanyahu rejects Arab-Jewish coexistence

    The prime minister's reaction — or lack thereof — to the arson attack against Jerusalem's bilingual school reflects what can only be understood as contempt for Palestinian-Israeli partnership.  The arsonists who set fire to the Arab-Jewish bilingual school in Jerusalem Saturday night decided to pile up the first graders' books and burn them in the middle of the classroom. Jews burned books. Belonging to six years olds. In Israel's capital. All Israeli citizens should feel they were targeted. A premeditated, intentional act aimed at instilling horror and fear into a small minority of Palestinians and Israelis whose only crime is…

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  • Jerusalem mixed school set on fire in apparent arson attack

    The largest Arab-Jewish educational institution in Israel has been targeted several times in the past. Jerusalem's bilingual Arab-Jewish school was set on fire Saturday night, and hate speech was sprayed on its walls with the messages: "Kahane was right" and "There is no coexistence with cancer." One classroom was totally consumed while another was partially burned, as well as a stack of books. Read also: 'We will overcome': Arson and mourning at J'lem bilingual school Most schools in Israel serve Jews or Arabs separately, in addition to separation between secular and religious students. Mixed schools are the exception and there are…

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  • The Beaten Path: Framing the story at Yad Vashem (part 8)

    Exploring Jerusalem's Holocaust museum allows us to understand the way in which the Zionist narrative deals with the destruction of European Jewry. But is it the whole story? Part eight of Yuval Ben-Ami’s journey through the Holy Land's most popular tourist sites. In the early years of the 11th Century, the Holy Land was taken over by ISIS. The religious militants came from the north, their faces covered. They pillaged every town through which they passed, beheading "heathens" and abducting women. Their sense of self-righteousness and the blessings of fundamentalist clergymen made them entirely blind to their atrocities. They did not…

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  • Jerusalem: Against the dying of the light

    The streets are seething, a tautness hangs in the air, clinging to one as if walking through cobwebs. Yet in the middle of it all, I find a most profound reparation by the simplest means. A crack of light, and my heart hurts less. By Natasha Roth “Do not go gentle into that good night.” I am sitting in an archway in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, taking a break from guiding a friend who is visiting from the UK. He is smoking a cigarette, and I am photographing the street sign across from us. We are on…

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  • Conflicting reports on death of Palestinian found hanged

    It is still unclear whether Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni took his own life or had it taken from him. What is clear is that Palestinians have every reason to doubt the police's credibility. The minute news came out late Sunday night that a Palestinian man was found hanged at an Egged bus depot in Jerusalem, Twitter was awash with speculations as to whether it was suicide or murder. Israel Police quickly issued a statement that it did not suspect foul play. "According to an initial investigation, it appears there is no suspicion of criminal activity, in other words a suicide," police spokeswoman…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians break through separation wall near Jerusalem

    Activists from the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee against the occupation broke a hole through the separation wall near Jerusalem on Saturday, marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The committee also sent out a press release which stated: "No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation." The press release also stated that the hole in the wall near Jerusalem serves as a reminder that the city is Palestinian, and that nothing will prevent Palestinians from reaching the Al-Aqsa…

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