Jerusalem

Jerusalem

The city of Jerusalem, holy to Christians, Muslims, and Jews, is a flashpoint of the Israel-Palestine conflict and its future is one of the most contentious issues to be resolved under any peace agreement. Although the eastern half (including the Old City) has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967, Palestinians regard Jerusalem—Al-Quds in Arabic—as their capital. Despite the fact that most Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza are banned by Israeli military order from accessing the city, Jerusalem remains a powerful focal point and symbol of Palestinian culture.

Balfour Sparked a National Tragedy for the Palestinian People—with BDS, We Are Fighting Back Op-Eds & Analysis
Omar Barghouti, Nesweek

Balfour Sparked a National Tragedy for the Palestinian People—with BDS, We Are Fighting Back

When Zionist militias forced my grandmother, Rasmiyyah, and her family out of their home in Safad at gunpoint during the 1948 Nakba, the process of settler-colonialism that was propelled by the Balfour Declaration and that culminated in ethnic cleansing became more than just a national tragedy for the indigenous people of Palestine. It became personal.

about 3 weeks ago
Balfour Declaration of Support for Jewish Homeland Still Divisive at 100 News Roundup
David M. Halbfinger, New York Times

Balfour Declaration of Support for Jewish Homeland Still Divisive at 100

It was the moment of conception of what would become the State of Israel — or it was the original sin in which Israel was conceived. The Balfour Declaration, the pivotal, 67-word assurance by the British foreign secretary that promised support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,” turned 100 on Thursday, meeting with tributes in Jerusalem and London, and tear gas in Bethlehem.

about 3 weeks ago
Netanyahu Backs Annexation of 19 West Bank Settlements News Roundup
Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

Netanyahu Backs Annexation of 19 West Bank Settlements

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has backed legislation that would in effect annex settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories that are home to between 125,000 and 150,000 Jewish people. In comments made at a meeting of his Likud party at the large settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, Netanyahu said he would support the “Greater Jerusalem” bill.

on October 3, 2017
Israel Forces Shoot Palestinian Child in the Head in East Jerusalem News Roundup
Middle East Monitor

Israel Forces Shoot Palestinian Child in the Head in East Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded an 11-year-old Palestinian boy during a raid of Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem yesterday evening. The child was shot in the forehead with a rubber-coated metal bullet and evacuated to hospital.

on October 3, 2017
Israel Has Created A Palestinian Ghetto In Hebron Op-Eds & Analysis
Issa Amro, Forward

Israel Has Created A Palestinian Ghetto In Hebron

A small group of children stand behind the fence in the early morning. They are waiting for the gate to be unlocked. In their hands are empty plastic jugs their mothers have given them to fill for the day’s cooking needs.

on September 27, 2017
Israel Planning War Crime Against Khan Al-Ahmar Families News Roundup
Tamara Nassar, The Electronic Intifada

Israel Planning War Crime Against Khan Al-Ahmar Families

Israel’s planned expulsion of the residents of Khan al-Ahmar and the destruction of their village in the occupied West Bank is a war crime, human rights groups are warning. Earlier this month, Israeli occupation authorities informed members of the community that they would be relocated...

on September 27, 2017
Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres… News Roundup
Chaim Levinson, Haaretz

Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres…

The state has not said that it will stop selling weapons to the military junta in Myanmar, despite recent reports and United Nations data on massacres the country’s military has perpetrated against the Rohingya minority, as well as systematic rape and expulsions.

on September 27, 2017
Court Rules: Upscale Jewish Country Club Allowed to Restrict Arab Neighbors’ Membership News Roundup
Or Kashti, Haaretz

Court Rules: Upscale Jewish Country Club Allowed to Restrict Arab Neighbors’ Membership

A court has approved a municipality’s decision to reserve 90 percent of the subscriptions to its country club for town residents, while leaving the remainder available to Jewish and Arab residents of neighboring towns.

on September 26, 2017
Israel Builds Settlements ‘at High Rate’: UN News Roundup
AFP

Israel Builds Settlements ‘at High Rate’: UN

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel continues to build settlements "at a high rate," the UN envoy for the Middle East said Monday, in defiance of Security Council demands for an end to the expansion of Jewish outposts.

on September 26, 2017