UNESCO adopts resolution to protect Old City of Jerusalem
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 / Middle East Monitor – UNESCO expressed its deep concern about the continuation of Israeli excavations in and around the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls and requested an immediate end to all such excavations.
The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed UNESCO’s adoption of a Jordanian resolution for the protection of the Old City of Jerusalem and the historic path leading to the Mughrabi Gate of Al-Aqsa Sanctuary. Read more
Occupation authorities continue excavations near Al-Aqsa Mosque
The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that the Israeli authorities began the excavations in the southern part of Al-Magharebah Gate, the eastern part of the Umayyad palaces and at the entrance of the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood. The three sites are located in Jerusalem’s Old City. Read more
Jewish extremists slash tires of 21 cars in East Jerusalem
Monday, 24 June 2013 / Al-Akhbar – Suspected Jewish extremists punctured the tires of more than 20 Palestinian cars in an east Jerusalem neighborhood and scrawled graffiti nearby in an apparent “price tag” attack, an AFP correspondent said on Monday.
Perpetrators drew a Star of David on one of the cars vandalized in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, and on the wall of a nearby home they wrote “we won’t be silent on stone throwing.” Read more
Jerusalem Church leaders protest at closure of Jaffa Gate
Monday, 24 June 2013 / Independent Catholic News – The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, have issued the following protest statement at closure measures that are taken by the Israeli Police at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. They write:
We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, raise our voices in protest against the closure measures being taken by the Israeli Police at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Read more
Zionists block East Jerusalem children’s festival, citing link to PA
Monday, 24 June 2013 / By Amira Hass, Haaretz – Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has blocked a Palestinian children’s theater festival from opening in East Jerusalem this Saturday night on the claim that the event was “under the auspices of or sponsored by the Palestinian Authority.”
According to Aharonovitch, the holding of such an event associated with the PA in Israel contradicts an Israeli law passed as part of the Oslo peace process. Aharonovitch’s order bars this event from taking place not only in Jerusalem but anywhere else in Israel proper. Read more
‘Next time we will pray in Jerusalem’
Sunday, 23 June 2013 / International Solidarity Movement – In the morning of June 22nd, Palestinian, international and Israeli activists marched to the Israeli occupation military checkpoint blocking the West Bank from Jerusalem. Upon reaching the Israeli occupation roadblock, they were stopped by soldiers who violently prevented them from passing through the checkpoint. In reaction, the Palestinian activists prayed at the checkpoint, demonstrating their right to both freedom of movement within their own land, and freedom to worship in Jerusalem. Read more
Occupation forces Jerusalem resident to demolish his home
Sunday, 23 June 2013 / Palestine News & Info Agency – One resident of Jerusalem Saturday demolished his house with his own hands after Israel issued a demolishing order of his home which houses 8 members of his family.
Munther Hijazi, a 57 year old Jerusalemite living in al-Sa’diya neighborhood in the old city said that he demolished his 55-meter-square house after he received a demolishing order last year.
Hijazi said that he has been fighting in court for the last few years and paid fines that amount to 36,000 shekels. Read more
Jewish man shot and killed in Jerusalem for yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’
Friday, 21 June 2013 / Reuters – A security guard shot and killed a Jewish Israeli man on Friday at one of Judaism’s holiest sites in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, which was immediately shut to visitors, police said.
The guard opened fire after the man, in an adjacent restroom, was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is greatest”, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Read more
Article exposes Zionist plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque
and Dome of the Rock
Thursday, 20 June 2013 / By Daniel Ben Simon, Al-Monitor Israel Pulse – I went to visit the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem to see how the preparations for the establishment of the new temple were getting on. For hundreds of Israelis, the task of renewing the temple has become the job of their lives. It is about time, so they believe, to establish the Third Temple in its proper place – right on the site where the First Temple and the Second Temple were once standing before being destroyed. Read more
Extremists attack Waqf official and Al-Aqsa guard
Thursday, 20 June 2013 / The Jerusalem Post and Ma’an News Agency – A Jewish man and two Islamic religious officials were arrested by Jerusalem police on Thursday after the former was determined to have instigated a shoving match atop the [Haram al-Sharif] complex.
The Jewish suspect was alleged to have physically assaulted an official from the Waqf religious trust, Israel Radio reported. Read more
Vandals slash tires on 28 cars in Abu Ghosh
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 / By Asher Zeiger, The Times of Israel – Police on Tuesday investigated a suspected “price tag” attack in the Arab-Israeli village of Abu Ghosh, in which vandals slashed the tires of 28 cars and scrawled graffiti on nearby walls.
The Hebrew graffiti found at the scene of the crime read “racism or assimilation” and “Arabs out.” Read more
Mass arrest of Jerusalem residents
Bassam Abu Hleil said that a large number of Israeli forces raided Al-Manara building located in “Tal Al-Foul” close to King Hussein’s Palace in Beit Hanina and arrested 25 people and took them to Al-Maskobyeh in West Jerusalem for investigation. Read more
UN reveals Zionist plan to relocate Palestinians to build houses for settlers
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Middle East Monitor – Israel’s plan includes the construction of thousands of housing units for settlers, creating a continuous built-up area between the Ma’ale Adumim settlement and Jerusalem
A UN organisation has highlighted the plight of small Palestinian farming communities in the hills to the east of Jerusalem which are at risk of forced displacement due to a “relocation” plan advanced by the Israeli authorities. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNOCHA) said that the Israelis try to justify their plan on the grounds that the residents do not “possess title over the land”. Read more
Naftali Bennett: Palestinian hopes for two states ‘not possible’
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / By Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian – A rising star in the Israeli cabinet has declared that the idea of a Palestinian state is dead, in a statement that will dismay the US secretary of state, John Kerry, whose mission to restart peace talks between the two sides is struggling to make headway.
Naftali Bennett, who was appointed Israel’s economics and trade minister following a strong showing in January’s election, told a conference of settlers in Jerusalem that Israel should urgently annex large tracts of the West Bank currently under its control. Read more
Newspapers highlight Zionist violence in Jerusalem
It said that violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied section of the city has seen a sharp rise in recent weeks. It mentioned an assault on an elderly woman, 75 years, and another assault against a young woman at a Jerusalem light rail station and printed a picture of the young woman, Layali Sayyad, from al-Tur, with her bruised face. Read more
Hamdallah: Jerusalem a top priority for new PA cabinet
Monday, 17 June 2013 / Ma’an News Agency – Jerusalem and its holy sites are a top priority for the Palestinian Authority cabinet, newly appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Sunday while visiting the city.
Hamdallah told Ma’an that the PA is going to implement a number of projects in Jerusalem to support Palestinians, without providing further details. Read more
2 Palestinian cars torched in fresh ‘price tag’ attack
Saturday, 15 June 2013 / Agence France Presse – Suspected Jewish extremists torched two Palestinian cars in Occupied east Jerusalem and scrawled graffiti nearby, a police spokesman said on Friday, in the latest “price tag” attack.
“Overnight there were two vehicles that were burnt in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood,” Micky Rosenfeld said. Read more
Occupation authorities revive policy to strengthen grasp on East Jerusalem
Friday, 15 June 2013 / By Benjamin Lynfield, The Christian Science Monitor – Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat recently advised the city’s Arab residents to forget about ever having a capital in the predominantly Palestinian eastern part of the city.
In an interview last month, Mr. Barkat told the Times of Israel that if the Palestinians really want a capital in East Jerusalem, they can simply rename Ramallah, the de-facto capital of the West Bank about 10 miles to its north, ”Jerusalem” or ”north Jerusalem.” Read more
Mass protest aims to focus attention on Jerusalem
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 / By Joe Catron and Patrick Strickland, The Electronic Intifada – Activists demonstrated internationally on Friday as part of efforts to focus attention on Israel’s aggression against Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Known as the Global March to Jerusalem, the protests marked the 46th anniversary of the Naksa (setback) – Israel’s 1967 occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, Syria’s Golan Heights, and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Whereas the Sinai was returned to Egypt in 1982, the other territories remain under Israeli occupation. Read more
Selected photographs from this year’s GMJ
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / GMJ – The International Media Committee of the Global March to Jerusalem is proud to publish a selection of photographs from this year’s demonstrations on Friday, 7 June. Given the size of the marches and media sympathy for our peaceful cause, we consider the wide scale participation of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, along with the international community, under the slogan of ‘the people of the world want to liberate Jerusalem,’ evidence that Jerusalem is an issue of immense global importance. We salute the efforts of all those who participated to make this year’s march a huge success, giving special thanks and appreciation to all the national committees, solidarity groups and civil society organizations that organized these activities in more than 150 cities around the world. Read more
Marching for dignity: Thousands take action against the occupation of Palestine
Monday, 10 June 2013 / By Sarah Marusek, Rabble – 46 years ago this month, Israel seized East Jerusalem, the home of many significant holy sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews, as well as the proposed capital for any future Palestinian state. Since then, Israel has increasingly undertaken measures – the placing of restrictions on Palestinian movement, the construction of a separation wall, the confiscation of Palestinian land, and the building of Jewish-only settlements – that are threatening to push out the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem entirely. Read more
The people of the world take another step towards liberating Jerusalem,
sending a letter of hope to its people
Monday, 10 June 2013 / GMJ – Most activities of the Global March to Jerusalem are now complete after marches and sit-ins were held on Friday in more than 40 countries around the world, in addition to Palestine. They included a march to the northern border of the Gaza Strip and demonstrations in Jerusalem at the entrance to the Old City where Occupation Forces suppressed and arrested participants.
Mass demonstrations took place in Gaza, Jordan, Egypt, Tunis, Mauritania, and Morocco, as well as in Yemen, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey. Likewise, there were large demonstrations in capitals and cities across Europe and North America, including gatherings in front of Israeli embassies. Read more