While Israel has tried to remove extremist Muslim groups from the Temple Mount, the power of Jewish extremists has only grown. Now the latter are doing all they can to try and change the delicate status quo in their favor. By Yonathan Mizrachi In recent weeks tensions have escalated on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, leading to clashes between Palestinian worshipers and police, a large number of arrests, an Israeli court injunction, and calls for mass protests. An analysis of the latest events, and the history leading up to them, makes clear that the current conflict over Bab al-Rahma is inextricably linked to the…Read More... | 1 Comment
It is impossible to know what will happen along the border with Gaza in the coming weeks. But one thing is certain: Israel will continue to respond with brutality and arrogance in the face of Palestinian nonviolent civil disobedience. By Aviv Tatarsky Anyone who wants to understand where Israel is heading in Gaza ought to think about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent behavior regarding African asylum seekers. Even better: let’s go back to when the Israeli government decided to place metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif last summer. [tmwinpost] Despite the differences, these three struggles have a single…Read More... | 4 Comments
We stayed home from school for more than three months. When we returned, more than half of the class was gone. They say children always pay the highest price. By Zizo Abul Hawa I was nearly 13 when the Second Intifada started. We were in school when Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount. School ended early when the rioting began. The children were told to return home; parents came to pick up their kids. My school was in the center of East Jerusalem, very close to the Old City. My parents were at work and couldn’t pick me up, so…Read More... | 13 Comments
Trump’s declaration will not change the fact that two nations live and will continue to live in Jerusalem, and that any solution will need to take into consideration the interests of both peoples. By Yehudit Oppenheimer A few hours before word got out that Trump was poised to announce he would move the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, I was on the city's light rail train during rush hour. Crowded alongside me and the other passengers were several young Palestinians speaking among themselves rather loudly in Arabic. Their body language was relaxed and they…Read More... | 5 Comments
After Israeli authorities removed controversial metal detectors from Al-Aqsa, Israeli police entered its main mosque, beat worshipers and medics, frogmarched over 100 detainees through the Old City and stuffed them into a city bus, according to a complaint filed by 10 of those arrested. By Yael Marom Ten Palestinians recently filed a complaint with Israeli Justice Ministry's Police Internal Investigations Department, Israel's equivalent of an Internal Affairs unit, demanding it launch a criminal investigation against officers who brutally attacked Muslim worshipers inside a mosque at Al-Aqsa two months ago. The police version [tmwinpost] On Thursday, July 27, the Waqf, the…Read More...
Religious Palestinian women are taking in active role in the protests at the Temple Mount, shattering stereotypes of Muslim women as docile and subservient. By Elhanan Miller In the struggle of the Palestinian religious factions against Israel, the place of women has been missing from the battle. As opposed to Fatah and the left-wing factions, in which women often take an active role, religious Palestinian women are often left behind the scenes. The events of the last few weeks teach us, however, that the struggle over al-Aqsa is an exception. [tmwinpost] In September 2015, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon declared the…Read More... | 2 Comments
Netanyahu's proposal to revoke citizenship from tens of thousands of Arab citizens is yet another calculated move meant to absolve Israel of responsibility for the fate of its native population. By Marzuq Al-Halabi The idea of territorial or population swaps as part of a final-status agreement with the Palestinians is not new. Many have previously propounded it, whether as part of an honest effort at resolving the conflict, or as a way to whitewash population transfer. A new proposal put forth by Prime Minister Netanyahu would transfer the Arab villages of Wadi Ara — adjacent to the northern West Bank — to…Read More...
On Thursday, thousands of Muslim worshippers entered the compound for the first time in almost two weeks, where they clashed with Israeli security forces after boycotting the site due to Israeli restrictions. Photos by Faiz Abu Rmeleh, Martin Barzilai, Yotam Ronen, Heidi Motola, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Protests and clashes in Jerusalem's Old City over tensions at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif calmed on Friday, after a week of violence claimed the lives of six Palestinians and three Israelis in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Police announced for the second straight week that men under 50 would not be allowed in, closing several gates to…Read More... | 2 Comments
Netanyahu is calling to shut down Al Jazeera's Jerusalem bureau, accusing the station of incitement to violence amid tensions over the Temple Mount. Has he heard what his own ministers have been saying recently? Palestinian incitement has long been Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scapegoat for the lack of progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For him, Palestinian calls to violence — not the settlement enterprise or 50 years of military dictatorship — is what prevents peace. Netanyahu regularly uses this rhetorical tactic to undermine an already impotent Palestinian Authority whenever it is politically convenient. In recent years, the prime minister has also used claims of incitement…Read More... | 5 Comments
After years of oppression and fragmentation, Palestinians in the occupied city are remobilizing around a common political goal. After days of deliberations, the Israeli government finally removed metal detectors from the entrances of the Aqsa compound on Monday evening. Reports say the decision may have been linked to an agreement reached with Jordan’s King Abdullah, as part of a deal to resolve a brief diplomatic crisis that followed Sunday’s attack at the Israeli embassy in Amman. [tmwinpost] Israeli authorities are now seeking to install “smart” cameras that can identify visitors to Al-Aqsa using facial recognition software. Palestinians argue that this…Read More... | 11 Comments
Perhaps through this scene, of Palestinians resorting to smuggling bodies out of a morgue to prevent indignity even after death, is it possible to show Israelis and the world what the occupation really means to Palestinians. Even atheist Palestinians like me are livid about Israel’s unilateral decision to install metal-detectors — and with them increased sovereignty — at the most explosive place in the world. Al-Aqsa Mosque is not only the religious symbol of Palestine, it is also a national symbol. And there is nothing which makes Israel seem more ridiculous than its media persuasion campaigns claiming that Palestinians are…Read More...
Palestinians aren't against security measures at the Al-Aqsa compound — they are against changing the delicate status quo at one of Islam's holiest sites. By Noa Levy Why are the Palestinians up in arms over metal detectors at the entrance to Al-Aqsa? Let me assume for a moment that most of you, like me, don't get what the big deal is. After all, there are metal detectors at the entrance to every mall, train station, and even the Western Wall and the holy sites in Mecca. Islam forbids bringing in weapons to the holy Al-Aqsa compound, and the metal detectors are…Read More... | 8 Comments
There can be no justification for murder, the violence in Jerusalem isn’t about metal detectors, and there is a way out of this. Tensions in Jerusalem exploded last week in a bloody day that left four Palestinians and three Israelis dead. Israeli security forces killed two Palestinians during demonstrations outside Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, while a third Palestinian was shot and killed by a settler in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ma'ale Zeitim. On Saturday night, a fourth Palestinian was killed during protests. Meanwhile on Friday, a Palestinian from the West Bank village of Kobar broke into the adjacent Israeli settlement of Halamish…Read More... | 4 Comments
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