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Government denounces Torah-placing ceremony in Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood

JERUSALEM, August 25, 2017 (WAFA) – The Palestinian government Friday denounced the Torah scrolls-placing ceremony in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan as purely politically motivated. Government’s spokesperson Yousef al-Mahmoud slammed Israeli officials’ attendance of a ceremony to place Torah scrolls in a synagogue in the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood as a …

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Clashes kill 2 in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

Beirut: Clashes between Palestinian security forces and Islamist militants in the Ain Al Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon left two people dead, a Reuters witness said. The fighting began on Thursday after a leader of an armed faction sympathetic to the Islamist Badr group fired at the headquarters of …

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Hamas guard killed in rare suicide attack in Gaza Strip

Agence France Presse GAZA CITY, Palestine: A suicide bomber killed a Hamas guard in southern Gaza on Thursday, officials said, in what was seen as a rare Islamist attack against the Palestinian group that has run the impoverished enclave for a decade. The incident occurred at around 1:00 am near …

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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian building in occupied East Jerusalem

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday morning demolished a two-story building in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli police forces and crews from Israel’s Jerusalem municipality, accompanied by bulldozers, stormed and surrounded the neighborhood early Tuesday morning.   The bulldozers demolished a building …

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Palestinians in Jerusalem close their shops to avoid heavy Israeli municipal taxes

    JERUSALEM, August 14, 2017 (WAFA) – Palestinian store owners in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday closed their businesses for fear of receiving high Israeli municipal taxes. WAFA correspondent said Joint taxes crews from the Jerusalem Municipality escorted by Israeli forces raided the shops in al-Wad street and Bab Khan …

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Greek Orthodox Church to appeal Israeli decision on contested property sale

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Greek Orthodox patriarch of occupied East Jerusalem announced on Sunday that the church would be appealing a recent Israeli court decision approving the sale of church property to right-wing settler organizations seeking to expand Jewish Israeli presence in East Jerusalem’s Old City. Patriarch Theophilos III spoke at a …

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Israel confiscates EU aid from Palestinian Bedouin community

Jerusalem /PNN/ The Israeli occupation’s forces have recently seized electricity-producing solar panels at the Bedouin community camp of Abu Al-Nawar, according to local sources. Abu Al-Nawar’s representative and local community leader, Abu Emad al-Jahalin, told local sources yesterday that the occupation authorities violated a decision issued by the Israeli Supreme …

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Behind the headlines in Jerusalem

Nur Arafeh is a Palestine-based Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Jerusalem has been in the spotlight again recently as tensions reached the boiling point after the mid-July attack on Israeli forces in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Despite the apparent resolution of the immediate crisis owing to mass Palestinian …

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July: Examples of inflammatory comments by Israeli officials

Ramallah/ PNN/ PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: “The real incitement stems from Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and its enslavement of an entire nation. The Israeli hardline extremist government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for generating a culture of hate and racism in Israel, inciting violence and …

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Video: Is Israel a step closer to al-Aqsa takeover?

For the first time in decades, Israel closed the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City to Friday prayers. The closure followed an attack near an entrance to the compound which houses the al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest sites for Muslims. Three Palestinian citizens of Israel ambushed police officers, fatally injuring two and …

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