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  • City Hall gets ever more creative in ignoring E. Jerusalem school shortage

    As the Jerusalem municipality is gradually forced to acknowledge a catastrophic shortage of classrooms in the city's Palestinian districts, it also finds brave new ways to avoid tackling it. By Aviv Tatarsky Let's start with the bottom line: there is a shortage of 2,000 classrooms in East Jerusalem schools. In effect, that means Israel prevents more than 60,000 schoolchildren from their right to free education. About two-thirds of them pay extortionate tuition to sub-standard institutions that are not properly supervised by the authorities. The remaining third have dropped out. All this, sadly, is not new. Ir Amim publishes annual reports detailing the…

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  • The Palestinian soccer league: A microcosm of a national struggle

    Originally founded in 1928, the Palestinian Football Association endured the many trials of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ahead of the conclusion of an eventful season, we look at one of the only national institutions that unifies the Palestinians these days. By Yoni Mendel The Palestinian soccer league is experiencing one of the most dramatic moments in its history. The current season has seen an unexpected turn of events, in which the likely champion was relegated to a secondary league a mere few days before the final. Throughout the season, the Jerusalem club Hilal Alquds was at the top of charts of…

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  • WATCH: 'My Neighbourhood' - the human impact of settlements in Sheikh Jarrah

    Just Vision's Peabody Award winning film, My Neigbhourhood (directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi), tells the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah whose family is forced to share a section of their home with Israeli settlers. Mohammed comes-of-age in the midst of unrelenting tension with his neighbors and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard. The struggle against evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah returned this week as the Shamasneh family stands to lose its home, which would be the neighborhood’s first eviction since 2009. An Israeli…

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