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Political: 17 January, 2011

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The Jerusalem Municipality Planning and Construction Committee approved two construction plans in East Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line. 92 housing units are planned for the Talpiot Mizrach neighborhood and 32 more units are planned for the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood. According city council chair of the Likud, Adv. Elisha Peleg, there is no importance to the fact that the 124 housing units will be constructed beyond the Green Line, “because it is obvious that the only available reserves of land in Jerusalem are beyond the historical Green Line.”

(Hebrew)

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January 17th, 2011 at 6:04 am

Diplomacy: 10 January, 2011

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The office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced that “actions taken yesterday at the Shepherd Hotel were carried out by private parties and in accordance with Israeli law. The government of Israel had nothing to do with the events. One should not expect the State of Israel to forbid Jews to purchase private properties in Jerusalem.” The announcement was given in response to the statement by U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, that the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in the eastern part of the city damages the peace process.

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Political: 10 January, 2011

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The Finance Committee called upon the government to halt cooperation of Israeli companies with the Palestinian boycott on Israeli products in the Occupied West Bank, Occupied East Jerusalem, and the Occupied Golan Heights. Committee Chair MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen said that “before the companies’ cranes start building Rawabi, the cranes of the finance committee will make this move into a losing one.”

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Closed Society: 10 January, 2011

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Unknown persons smashed the windows of a Palestinian vehicle parked last Saturday in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Occupied East Jerusalem. The Kol Hayehudi site claims that this is in response to an attempt to lynch Jews in the Abu Tor neighborhood.

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January 10th, 2011 at 2:59 am

Closed Society: 10 January, 2011

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Residents of the Ras Al Amud neighborhood in Occupied East Jerusalem reported that bulldozers and municipal inspectors are preparing to demolish illegal residences in the neighborhood. The municipality said that it does not give advance notice of demolitions.

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January 10th, 2011 at 2:57 am

Political: 6 January, 2011

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Right-wing associations active in Jerusalem, such as the Elad association, are excused from filing reports with the Registrar of Associations for donations they receive from individuals living abroad. Some of the donations are conveyed via fictitious companies registered in tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, in order to blur the money trail. (Hebrew)

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January 6th, 2011 at 8:19 am

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Military and Security Forces: 2 January, 2011

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Israeli soldiers have arrested two Palestinian children, aged 6 and 7, in Occupied East Jerusalem. Eye-witnesses said the children threw a rock while playing hopscotch and were arrested by the soldiers. (English)

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January 2nd, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Diplomacy: 15 December 2010

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Construction has started on the Beit Orot Yeshiva in Occupied East Jerusalem. Bulldozers have started clearing the land, on the Mount of Olives ridge in preparation of building a new Jewish neighborhood. The yeshiva is named for the family of Irwin Moskowitz, who acts as patron for the purchase of lands in Occupied East Jerusalem, with the intention of Jewifying it. (Hebrew)

[Translator's note: the word Jewifying is an approximate translation of the Hebrew term, which means "to make Jewish" things, not people. This term is in general use in Israel.]

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December 18th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Police: 15 December 2010

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Border Patrol policemen pepper-sprayed passengers on a bus from the Issawiya neighborhood in Occupied East Jerusalem, after a conflict developed between them and the passengers. The policemen boarded the bus to check for ID cards, and demanded a card from a 14-year old boy, too. The boy, who stated that ID cards are not issued for people of his age, refused to the policeman’s demand that he get off the bus, claiming that if he would do so, he would be late for school. The police stated in response that “under the age of 16 a birth certificate must be presented” and that the dispute between the policemen and residents continued outside the bus, as well, and involved dozens of local residents. (Hebrew)

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December 18th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Police: 13 December 2010

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A new report by B’Tselem shows a long line of severe flaws in the Jerusalem Police conduct relating to the arrest of minors. According to the report, the police has opened 1,267 cases against East Jerusalem minors, on suspicions of throwing rocks. Some of the minors were arrested at night, despite the fact that the law states that they should avoid doing so inasmuch as possible, and in many cases the minors were interrogated without their parents present, which is in violation of the law. Some of the children arrested also claim that violence was used against them, and that they were unnecessarily handcuffed. (Hebrew)

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December 18th, 2010 at 5:53 pm