After 51 years of boycotting the municipal elections, the Palestinians of East Jerusalem are tired of waiting and want a new way forward. Now activists are re-thinking the best strategy to reassert their power. By Meron Rapoport One need not be an expert on Jerusalem to recognize that only few Palestinians will participate in the upcoming municipal elections, to be held in October. Perhaps no more than a few thousands. A low voter turnout among the close to 400,000 Palestinians who live in the neighborhoods, towns, and villages that were annexed by Israel following the occupation of 1967. And yet, the…Read More...
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In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestinians have virtually no civil rights. What rights they do have can be revoked at a moment's notice. By Zak Witus and Sasha Belenkiy Even when the cameras of the big international news agencies disappear, the occupation grinds on. One day in the West Bank and East Jerusalem demonstrates how precarious Palestinians’ physical safety and rights are under Israeli military rule. On May 13 — Jerusalem Day and the day before the U.S. Embassy move — we documented Israeli forces violating the rights of Palestinian civilians and their allies, first in the West…Read More... | 11 Comments
Scenes from the overcrowded Israeli Interior Ministry office in East Jerusalem, where Palestinian residents of the city must regularly 'prove' they still live there or face displacement and exile. By Amer ‘Aruri Inside the the Wadi al-Joz Interior Ministry office in East Jerusalem, an elderly man holds a one-year old child. She is crying because of the cramming and pushing among those lined up at the ministry's outer gate. "Where is the child’s mother?" I ask. He responds that the mother is crying too, and she can’t carry her child. “I am the child’s grandfather,” he says. [tmwinpost] Another man tells…Read More... | 1 Comment
Instead of going to the Kotel, go to the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and to the ghettos encircled by the separation wall. You will see a very different Jerusalem than the one you idealize. By Yudith Oppenheimer Dear Ambassador Friedman, Since your appointment as U.S. ambassador to Israel, you have exhibited a great deal of interest in Jerusalem, undoubtedly an expression of your genuine love of the city. Unfortunately, as we all know too well, love alone is never enough. [tmwinpost] In the spirit of full disclosure, let me state that Ir Amim, together with Israeli residents of Arnona,…Read More...
The residents of Walajeh, who have long suffered abuses under occupation, will no longer have access to their spring. By Laura Wharton The smiles in the picture above represent the cynical face of the occupation. There are a number of male officials in the picture, and very few women, standing and smiling next to the Ein Hiniyeh spring, marking its re-opening, as well as that of a nearby archeological site to the public. “This site will allow tourists and residents from Jerusalem and beyond to enjoy a beautiful area with a unique view in the hills of Jerusalem for free,” announced Minister of Environmental Protection…Read More... | 4 Comments
The goal of Israel's policies in East Jerusalem is to shrink the size of the city's Palestinian population. Here's how. By Yaël Ronen More than 300,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem today. The vast majority are not citizens of Israel but permanent residents, who may naturalize in accordance with the Citizenship Law. For many Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, their residency status is more important than citizenship. This is because the government is obligated to respect and protect the civil rights of everyone present within its borders, not just its citizens; and its obligation to ensure social and economic rights, like…Read More...
As Jerusalem grows more hostile toward anything remotely left wing, Israeli and Palestinian activists are looking to create a new space for activists to meet, plan, and struggle to change the face of the city. By Sahar Vardi I was 14 years old when I walked into a small room packed with books in a Tel Aviv alleyway, to hear a lecture about human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution in Israel. It was a subject I knew nothing about, but my youth movement counselor told me about the event, so I went. The truth is I remember very little…Read More... | 1 Comment
Palestinian rights groups call decision to hold onto the bodies of 13 Palestinian attackers and alleged attackers a 'violation of the right to dignity.' Since beginning of recent wave of violence, over 220 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli security forces. For 300 days Israel has been holding onto the frozen body of Tha’er Abu Ghazaleh, one of 13 East Jerusalem Palestinian attackers and alleged attackers whose bodies Israeli authorities, since October, are refusing to return to their families for burial. [tmwinpost] In mid-October 2015, the Israeli security cabinet decided to stop its practice of returning bodies immediately to the deceased’s families.…Read More...
From checkpoints and soldiers to the fate of our children, fear is everywhere in East Jerusalem these days. By Fuad Abu Hamed Friends, I want to tell you about what is happening to us in East Jerusalem. Even today, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem live a life of fear. This kind of situation is completely unprecedented. Palestinians fear having their residency revoked; they fear being cut off from their city, from Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the Old City, from their families, from their schools. Every morning dozens of people try to rent or buy an apartment on the Israeli side…Read More... | 33 Comments
On Jerusalem Day, it is worth asking what effective response we can offer for the violent crisis that has raged in the city for almost a year. Some observers blame ongoing discrimination against East Jerusalem residents for the rage and violence that erupts from the Palestinian population in the city. The response they propose is based on narrowing gaps and ending discrimination. This is also the solution proposed – at least declaratively, and after a wholesale “strong arm” approach – by right-wingers, who do not conceal the fact that their chief motivation is to prevent the division of the city.…Read More... | 20 Comments
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.…Read More... | 139 Comments
Until few days ago, I wasn't able to vote. According to the Israeli system, I still cannot vote. However, my friend Liel Maghen asked to vote in my place, an act that if taken en masse, has the potential to shock and challenge Israel's policies of oppression like never before. Many Palestinians in Jerusalem are watching the Israeli elections unfold before their eyes without being able influence their outcome. After 1967, Israel annexed Jerusalem but didn't annex its population. Palestinians in Jerusalem became "residents" in their homeland. They were given some rights but were given no way to influence the government…Read More... | 9 Comments
There has been a trend in recent years of Palestinian permanent residents of East Jerusalem applying for - and getting - Israeli citizenship. Will this trend provide freedom, or further fragment Palestinian national identity? By Riman Barakat Today marks the 45th anniversary of what Palestinians and the international community refer to as the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, and what some Israelis refer to as the unification of Jerusalem. It is a good opportunity to examine one recent example of how unification or illegal annexation is changing the identity and political future of the Palestinian residents of the city. As an…Read More... | 42 Comments
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