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  • Three Palestinians shot dead in Jerusalem clashes, three settlers stabbed to death

    At least two Palestinians are killed by Israeli security forces during demonstrations over the closure of the Al-Aqsa compound. One Palestinian was reportedly shot dead by an Israeli settler. Updated below: Later Friday night, three Israeli settlers were stabbed to death in a West Bank settlement. Photos by Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds of others were wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem on Friday. Clashes erupted following a mass prayer in the Palestinian neighborhoods surrounding the Old City, after Israeli authorities placed restrictions on entry to Haram al-Sharif compound for prayer…

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  • East Jerusalem streets given Hebrew names amid tensions

    The city council pours oil on the fire by approving Hebrew street names in Palestinian neighborhoods as tensions run high. The move is part and parcel of efforts to 'Judaize' the eastern half of the city, which Palestine claims as its future capital. With all eyes on Jerusalem as tensions in the city continue to rise, the city council approved 30 Hebrew street names for roads in East Jerusalem's Palestinian neighborhoods Sunday evening. The decision, which was reported by Israeli news site Walla!, was criticized by Palestinian members of Knesset Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi and goes against the recommendation…

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  • WATCH: Police spray putrid water on Palestinian homes, schools

    Two new videos catch a police 'skunk' truck spraying East Jerusalem neighborhoods with foul-smelling liquid. The smell was so bad that 4,500 students had to stay home from school. The "skunk" trucks drives slowly through the neighborhood. It is evening, and there is no evidence of clashes in the area. The truck proceeds slowly, sprays putrid-smelling water on a nearby building, continues on and shoots once again. When it's all over, the truck has tainted schools, homes, streets - entire neighborhoods - with its unbearable stink. Just like that. Two videos that were filmed this past week by Palestinian residents…

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  • Checkpoints and blood drives: East Jerusalem hospitals cope with clashes

    The director of one of East Jerusalem's busiest hospitals explains the unique challenges in treating demonstrators under occupation. 'I don’t know what will happen, or when it will happen, but there will be trouble.' By Corey Sherman As violent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Shuafat surrounding the murder of Muhammad Abu Khadr began to let up early Thursday morning, the clashes were creating another serious problem just down the road: one East Jerusalem's busiest hospitals was facing an empty blood bank. Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital in at-Tur received 42 patients from Shuafat on Wednesday. When clashes take place…

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  • Demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem delayed at last minute

    With East Jerusalem back in headlines, and despite a court order delaying the pending demolitions, police arrived in the neighborhood of A-Tur set to oversee the destruction of three homes. By Moriel Rothman Early Tuesday morning, scores of heavily armed, black-clad Israeli police officers arrived in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur to oversee the demolition of three Palestinian houses. Some were mounted on horseback, others held muzzled dogs on short leashes. The owners of the houses were ordered to move their belongings outside. In an ensuing scuffle, at least two residents of the neighborhood were injured by the police,…

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  • House demolitions exploit the powerless in Area C

    There is no possibility that Israel's Civil Administration will fairly and properly plan for Palestinians in Area C if they are not at the table when their fate is decided. By Rabbi Arik Ascherman Last Thursday, the bulldozers demolished Beit Arabiya, for the sixth time. On Wednesday, two homes were demolished in Dirat, a village that is appealing with Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) to the High Court against discriminatory planning in Area C. Additional homes and structures were demolished over the past week in Al-Waya, A-Tur, Ein al Hilwe, Ibziq, Nabi Samuel, Hares and more. The only crime of…

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  • Veteran activist tells the story of Sheikh Jarrah protests

    Israeli Solidarity activist Daniel Dukarevitch-Argo, who first got to know Sheikh Jarrah almost a decade ago, tells the story of the protest movement  from the ground up.  A new film by Just Vision about the struggle in Sheikh Jarrah will soon be released around the world. Simultaneously, opinion articles and summation pieces have begun to appear, adding to a months' long debate about the Solidarity movement's decision to stop the weekly demonstrations in the East Jerusalem neighborhood last September. Before one specific myth becomes cemented in general public opinion, I promised myself to try to describe what events looked like…

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  • ‘National Parks’ in East Jerusalem: New tool in occupation toolkit

    The establishment of national parks in East Jerusalem may sound like a nice idea that fosters the preservation of natural reserves - but in reality, it is a crafty method the Israeli government and its institutions have found to keep East Jerusalem under Israeli control and prohibit Palestinian territorial contiguity, rights and independence.  By Zvi Benninga Since 1967, the overarching objective of the state of Israel regarding Jerusalem has been to secure it as a Jewish city. The borders of the city, which demarcate an area a bit bigger than the city of Paris, were drawn in order to control…

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