Watch: Inside the Battle for Jerusalem

19 May 2021 — Vice News

Israel’s bombing of Gaza has killed 213 people and Hamas rockets into Israel have killed 13. The latest violence between Israel and Palestine came after weeks of police aggression towards Palestinians in East Jerusalem. We embed with protesters in Sheikh Jarrah who face losing their homes as they wait to hear their fate in a case that’s gone all the way to the Supreme Court.
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The mask of “liberal democracy” falls with a bang

17 May, 2021 — The Saker

By Pepe Escobar for The Saker Blog and thereafter widely distributed

Nakba, May 15, 2021. Future historians will mark the day when Western “liberal democracy” issued a graphic proclamation: We bomb media offices and destroy “freedom of the press” in an open air concentration camp while we forbid peaceful demonstrations under a state of siege in the heart of Europe.

And if you revolt, we cancel you.
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The untold story of Sheikh Jarrah

12 May, 2021– Middle East Monitor

Palestinians in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, stage a protest in solidarity with Palestinian residents of the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on May 10, 2021 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]Palestinians in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, stage a protest in solidarity with Palestinian residents of the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on May 10, 2021 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]

Book Launch of Ramzy's Baroud latest book - The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story on 27 March, 2018 [Jehan Alfarra/Middle East Monitor]Dr Ramzy Baroud

There are two separate Sheikh Jarrah stories. One is read about and watched on the news, the other receives little media coverage or due analysis.

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Palestine/Gaza News Links 14 April – 12 May 2021

12 May 2021 18:49  — The New Dark Age

Enough is Enough: It is Time for Apartheid to End, by Kenn Orphan
I have anxiety in my heart tonight. I have friends in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, Palestinians and Israeli Jews, and I am truly fearing for them. Several of them have reported explosions close to their homes.

Muna is Palestine, Yakub is Israel: The Untold Story of Sheikh Jarrah
There are two separate Sheikh Jarrah stories – one read and watched in the news and another that receives little media coverage or due analysis.

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State Department buries Israeli occupation in word salad

3 April 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Michael F. Brown

Man gesticulatesSpokesperson Ned Price attempted this week to clarify the State Department’s muddled language on the Israeli occupation. Reuters

Last year, presidential candidate Joe Biden personally intervened to keep the word “occupation” out of the Democratic Party’s platform regarding Israel.

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Settlers, soldiers seize Jerusalem home from Palestinian family

18 February 2019 — Electronic Intifada

Israeli forces expelled a Palestinian family from their home in the Muslim Quarter of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday and handed it to Jewish settlers.

The Abu Asab family received eviction orders earlier this month demanding they vacate the building by 12 February.

Hatem Abu Asab was able to postpone his family’s expulsion until 28 February through his lawyers, but Israeli police paid no heed.

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A new capital? Palestinians say Abu Dis is no substitute for East Jerusalem By Jonathan Cook

9 September 2018 — Jonathan Cook

It is being touted as part of a peace plan, but Jonathan Cook finds only a wasteland in the West Bank

The National – 9 September 2018

From the offputting concrete edifice that confronts a visitor to Abu Dis, the significance of this West Bank town – past and present – is not immediately obvious.

The eight metre-high grey slabs of Israel’s separation wall silently attest to a divided land and a quarter-century of a failed Middle East peace process.

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Video: Jewish mob chanting ‘Death to Arabs!’ stops cars in Jerusalem to check drivers’ ethnicity By Adam Horowitz

7 July 2014 — Mondoweiss

The video below was shot last night by Ronnie Barkan in Jerusalem. He tells me the locations are as follows:

PM residence, Hatulot square (downtown), en route to East Jerusalem (they didn’t enter East Jerusalem both coz they’re not SUCH idiots and secondly because the police used a stun grenade against then which made them step back)

In perhaps the most frightening scene they start flagging down taxis presumably looking for Palestinian drivers (they let cars pass once they see a driver is Jewish).

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Video: Jewish mob chanting ‘Death to Arabs!’ stops cars in Jerusalem to check drivers’ ethnicity By Adam Horowitz

7 July 2014 — Mondoweiss

The video below was shot last night by Ronnie Barkan in Jerusalem. He tells me the locations are as follows:

PM residence, Hatulot square (downtown), en route to East Jerusalem (they didn’t enter East Jerusalem both coz they’re not SUCH idiots and secondly because the police used a stun grenade against then which made them step back)

In perhaps the most frightening scene they start flagging down taxis presumably looking for Palestinian drivers (they let cars pass once they see a driver is Jewish).

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Video: Girl rapper tells of sharing stairs to her Jerusalem house with Jewish settlers who flash pistols By Annie Robbins

23 October 2013 — Mondoweiss

This is a short film produced by Defence for Children Palestine. Tayma ‘Fteiha is a 13-year-old girl rapper who must share the steps to her home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, with settlers who have colonized her neighborhood and aim to demolish Palestinians houses. They flash their pistols at her as they walk up the steps. She says she feels “crushed” every time she leaves her house. Continue reading

Ethnic Cleansing in a Zionist Fairyland By Vacy Vlazna

10 February 2012 — Palestine Chronicle

Silwan: Steadfastness are synonymous in the Palestinian soul. (Press TV)

‘De-Arabizing the history of Palestine is another crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and culture in Palestine are trivialized, evidence of its existence is being destroyed and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the ancient Hebrew civilization and today’s Israel. The most glaring example of this today is in Silwan, (Wadi Hilwe) a town adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem with some 50,000 residents.  Israel is expelling families from Silwan and destroying their homes because it claims that king David built a city there some 3000 years ago. Thousands of families will be made homeless so that Israel can build a park to commemorate a king that may or may not have lived 3000 years ago. Not a shred of historical evidence exists that can prove King David ever lived yet Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly along with their schools and mosques, churches and ancient cemeteries and any evidence of their existence must be destroyed and then denied so that Zionist claims to exclusive rights to the land may be substantiated.’Miko Peled, Israeli dissident.

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The Israeli Occupation Archive 10 June 2011: Palestine-UN | East Jerusalem | Jordan Valley

10 June 2011 — The Israeli Occupation Archive

  • Secret cables show Israel’s battle plan over Palestinian UN bid
  • East Jerusalem: Sharing our house with settlers
  • Francis A. Boyle: Could Obama veto Palestine’s application to the United Nations?
  • B’Tselem Jordan Valley report: Dispossession and Exploitation
  • Palestinians in America: an intelligent socialist’s guide to Tony Kushner, with a key to the UN Declaration of Human Rights

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A Matter of Civil Rights By Sarah Leah Whitson

15 April 2011 — Huffington Post

Israeli President Shimon Peres visited Washington earlier this month, hot on the heels of an announcement that Israeli authorities had approved yet more housing units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank. In a week when the U.S. paused to recall the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, President Peres might have considered King’s message — an end to segregation — and why such a system of racial inequality remains in place in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Back in 1968, when Dr. King was murdered, the debate about discrimination was live and real. Most governments have long since stopped trying to justify separating people based on race or national origin, whether for ostensible security concerns, like the U.S. internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, or plain old bigotry, like the Jim Crow laws of the American south.

Yet in the areas of the Occupied Palestinian Territories where Israel has moved almost half a million Jewish “settlers,” not only do Israeli laws and policies strictly segregate Jews from Palestinians, they deliberately deprive Palestinians of the most basic needs, in many cases forcing them out of their communities. With little regard for the blatant racial inequality of its policies, the Israeli government provides Jewish settlements with water, electricity, housing, schools, hospitals and roads, while it severely restricts access to these necessities to Palestinian communities under its control. On April 3, a planning committee approved the construction of 942 more settlement housing units in East Jerusalem and Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved construction plans for five other settlements.

Put aside for the moment that these settlements are illegal under the Geneva Conventions because they’re on occupied territory. In the 60 percent of the West Bank known as “Area C” and in East Jerusalem, Israel maintains exclusive control over the lives of settlers and Palestinians. In these circumstances, Israel must, under international human rights law, treat the two populations equally. Except with respect to voting rights in Israel, it is prohibited from discriminating against the Palestinians because they, unlike the settlers, lack Israeli citizenship. Even in East Jerusalem, which Israel unilaterally annexed but no other state has recognized, Israel subjects Palestinians to grossly unequal laws and policies — not just separate, but disturbingly unequal.

Israel justifies its policies on security grounds: it must protect the security of settlers. Israeli authorities indeed have an obligation to safeguard citizens — all citizens, whatever their ethnicity or religion. But security concerns do not warrant treating every last Palestinian man, woman and child as a threat. And security concerns do not justify systematically separating Palestinians from Jews, with shanties and dirt roads provided for the one, and spacious villas with swimming pools and paved highways provided for the other.

Israel restricts Palestinians’ access to their agricultural lands if they’re near a settlement and limits how much they can export. It keeps Palestinians from building or expanding their homes and demolishes those built without permission — 430 structures last year alone. It refuses to grant them access to the water beneath their land, or to the electricity grid, or even permission to install solar panels; it denies them permits to build schools or medical clinics. None of these things are permitted in century-old Palestinian villages that Israel now re-defines as “closed military zones.”

Israel’s security justifications fall far short of the strict and narrow limits on differential treatment permitted under international law between people of different ethnicities or national origins. A state should never apply such measures categorically against an entire group and must limit them to specific individuals who pose a threat.

In recent polls, 63 percent of Israeli Jews supported continued settlement expansion and 34 percent of American Jews opposed dismantling settlements. Yet how can Israelis, so proud of the democratic values of their state, tolerate a settlement system that has thrived on outdated and discredited discrimination against the people who live alongside them? And why should American Jews, who have a history of deep engagement with the U.S. civil rights movement, support settlements built on these kinds of laws and policies in Israel? A peace accord may come, or not, but meanwhile Israel’s separate and unequal treatment of Palestinians and Jews is causing tremendous harm and suffering in the life of every Palestinian living under Israeli control.

One could “tsk tsk” and look away, but the international community’s involvement in Israel’s discriminatory system makes it hard to shrug off responsibility for the humiliation and abuse this system imposes on Palestinians. When the EU imports tax-free goods from settlement greenhouses, using water and land that Palestinians can’t access, and doesn’t even let consumers know the source of these goods, it supports the system. When businesses invest in settlement agriculture and construction accomplished by denying basic resources to Palestinians, the businesses help the system flourish. When the U.S. government gives financial aid to Israel, it frees up Israeli funds for settlements; when it grants tax exemptions to charities that finance settlement expansion, it undermines US opposition to discrimination and settlements.

This is why Human Rights Watch, which extensively documented these discriminatory practices in a report, has called on the EU to clearly label settlement-produced goods, on businesses to review their activities in the settlements, and on the US to cut aid to Israel equal to what Israel spends on the settlements and to investigate tax exemptions for settlement charities.

We do no honor to King’s legacy by supporting policies that promote racial discrimination and segregation, no matter where in the world they may be. The universal principles of equality under law are ones that all people, Jewish or Palestinian, in the United States or Israel, deserve to enjoy.

Sarah Leah Whitson is director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch. The report, Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, documents the situation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank area under complete Israeli control.

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 7 October, 2010: Woman filmed by soldiers describes torture, humiliation

7 October, 2010 — VTJP

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Eleven Palestinians Wounded In Several Israeli Military Attacks In Gaza
IMEMC – 7 Oct 2010 – Friday October 08, 2010 – 04:30, Palestinian medical sources reported that eleven Palestinians were wounded Thursday after the Israeli army conducted several aerial attacks, and attempted to assassinate a resistance fighter. Damage was reported to several homes.

Netanyahu Demands Obama To Abide by Bush Guaranties To Sharon
IMEMC – 7 Oct 2010 – Thursday October 07, 2010 – 12:36, Israeli daily, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is demanding that U.S. President, Barak Obama, to reinstate the guaranties granted by former president, George Bush to the former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 6 October, 2010: “Jewish State” loyalty oath to become Israeli law

6 October, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli settlers looted olive trees in Nablus
IMEMC – 6 Oct 2010 – Wednesday October 06, 2010 – 16:46, On Wednesday afternoon,Israeli settlers cut down dozens of olive trees and looted the harvested fruits from villages of Yanoun and al-Hawara near the city of Nablus.

Israeli Army Intensified Its Military Operations In Hebron
IMEMC – 6 Oct 2010 – Wednesday October 06, 2010 – 12:42, On Wendesday, the Israeli army intensified its military operations in Hebron, in the southern West Bank

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Video of Clashes in Silwan, East Jerusalem

23 September, 2010 — AIC

The streets of Silwan were on fire Wednesday (22 September), as residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood expressed their anger in light of the shooting death of a member of their community. 30-year-old Palestinian man Samir Solhan was shot and killed by an Israeli settler guard at approximately 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Silwan residents clashed with Israeli riot police and soldiers all morning while police helicopters circled overhead.

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 19 September, 2010: Official: Israel to cut off East Jerusalem villages

19 September, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Syrian Aid Ship Arrives In Al Arish Port
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Monday September 20, 2010 – 00:54, Lieutenant Hisham Al Janayni, assistant-director of Al Arish Port, stated that a Syrian aid ship heading to Gaza had arrived at Al Arish Port in Egypt on Sunday evening, and that the ship will be towed to the dock in order to be emptied under the supervision of the Red Crescent before the supplies are sent to Gaza by land.

Artery Of Life 5 Arrives In Paris
IMEMC – 19 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 19, 2010 – 23:17, The “Artery of Life 5” solidarity convoy heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies, arrived in Paris on Sunday, and was welcomed by hundreds of French peace activists and Palestinians living in France.

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Rebuilding a Demolished Palestinian Home By Ellen Davidson

22 July, 2010 — MRZine

Day One of the ICAHD Work Camp, July 19, 2010
Rubble covers the tile floor at the site of the demolished home we are beginning to rebuild in the East Jerusalem section of Anata, a Palestinian town divided between occupied “East” Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.  Activists from the United States, Britain, Germany, and Iran, reinforced daily by local Palestinian and Israeli activists, have gathered here for the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions‘ eighth annual summer rebuilding camp.  They will spend two weeks rebuilding a Palestinian home that has been destroyed by the Israeli authorities.

This year’s house belongs to the Hamdan family, which was first demolished in 2005.  In 2007, ICAHD activists began rebuilding the home, but because it was located near a section of Israel’s apartheid wall that was being constructed around Anata, battles of stone-throwing, tear gas, shooting, and arrests erupted between the Palestinian residents resisting their virtual imprisonment behind 8-meter/26-foot-high concrete blocks and the Israeli army and police.  Feeling endangered, ICAHD suspended the effort for an alternative site.  In 2008, the ICAHD camp came back to the Hamdan home and completed its reconstruction.  The house, however, was demolished again within a few months.  Since our rebuilding constitutes political acts of resistance to occupation and not “humanitarian gestures,” we try to rebuild every home that is redemolished.

As we cleared the rubble from the foundation this morning, I noticed the tile floor that remained underneath.  I was struck by the fact that the tiles were the same pattern as those we used last summer, when I participated in the ICAHD effort to rebuild a house a short distance away.  I thought about the volunteers in 2007 and 2008, who had worked in the summer heat to build this home, only to have their work destroyed shortly after the family moved in.

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Israeli Occupation Archive has posted 6 new items 19 July, 2010

19 July, 2010 — Israeli Occupation Archive

  • Israel eyes ‘legal’ takeover of abandoned East Jerusalem properties
  • Netanyahu: “At that moment I actually stopped the Oslo accord” (video)
  • Jonathan Cook: Netanyahu admits on video he deceived US to destroy Oslo
    accord
  • Israeli doctors in Congo to aid burn victims get slammed for occupation
  • Gideon Levy: Tricky Bibi
  • Al-Khalil/Hebron: Israeli Border Police destroy vegetable fields in Al
    Beqa’a Valley (video)

Israel eyes ‘legal’ takeover of abandoned East Jerusalem properties

Pending court approval, government could assume control over properties of people who moved to enemy states during the War of Independence, as well as structures that belong to people now residing in the [occupied] territories.

IOA Editor: Not “legal” and not “abandoned.” The term “abandoned property” was created by the Israeli legal system after Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine’s Arab population in 1948, specifically to acquire Palestinian owned properties. In many cases, then and now, the “abandoned” properties belong to a population that was forcibly evicted, or kept out, of the very property that was subsequently deemed “abandoned.”

See also David Shulman: Sheikh Jarrah – July 9, 2010

Netanyahu: “At that moment I actually stopped the Oslo accord” (video)

Jonathan Cook:  “There is one video Benjamin Netanyahu, the  Israeli  prime minister,  must be praying never gets posted on YouTube with  English subtitles.  To date, the 10-minute segment has been broadcast only in  Hebrew on Israel’s Channel 10.  Its contents, however, threaten to gravely embarrass not   only Mr  Netanyahu but also the US administration of Barack Obama.”

Jonathan Cook: Netanyahu admits on video he deceived US to destroy Oslo accord

[Netanyahu’s] has so far avoided engaging meaningfully in the limited talks the White House is promoting with the Palestinians while the pace of settlement building in the WB has been barely affected by the 10-month freeze, due to end in September. In the meantime, planning officials have repeatedly approved large new housing projects in E. Jerusalem and the WB that have undercut the negotiations and will make the establishment of a Palestinian state – viable or otherwise – far less likely.

Israeli doctors in Congo to aid burn victims get slammed for occupation

“I came to save lives, but also because it’s important  to me to show that Israel is not the Flotilla Country that it is painted  out to be,” said the Israeli doctor… “International  aid organizations here are very pro-Palestinian and not too friendly to  Israelis,” said an American training specialist.

Gideon Levy: Tricky Bibi

Forget the Bar-Ilan University speech, forget the virtual achievements in his last visit to the US; this is the real Netanyahu. No more claims that the Palestinians are to blame for the failure of the Oslo Accords. Netanyahu exposed the naked truth…: he destroyed the Oslo accords with his own hands and deeds, and he’s even proud of it. After years in which we were told that the Palestinians are to blame, the truth has emerged from the horse’s mouth.

Al-Khalil/Hebron: Israeli Border Police destroy vegetable fields in Al Beqa’a Valley (video)

Israeli border police destroyed several Palestinian fields in Al Beqa’a Valley just east of Hebron on 6 July 2010, directly affecting the livelihood of more than one hundred Palestinians.