Then, in [East] Jerusalem two nights later

Following the clashes shpwn in the video in our previous post, Israeli forces made a number of arrests in East Jerusalem during the post-midnight to 5 am early hours on 29 May, , as Ma’an News Agency reported here — In the Old City: “Twelve Palestinian teenagers and young men were arrested from their homes […]

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Meanwhile, in Jerusalem [last night]

“The absence of peace is, in fact, perpetual war, even if it’s low intensity. Are we ready? Do we want to live with a permanent intifada?” — John Kerry on 26 May 2013 Not long after John Kerry said these words at the World Economic Forum meeting on the Jordanian coast of the Dead Sea, […]

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Total closure of West Bank for Passover holiday

Another Jewish holiday, another total closure of the West Bank (for Palestinians only — Israeli settlers can come and go as they please…) Early this morning the Israeli Defense Ministry announced a total closure of the West Bank from Sunday through Tuesday, at the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday which starts at sundown on [&hel...

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This is the Hurva Synagogue – a very significant place

It is actually very beautiful. It is a restoration of the Ottoman-era synagogue, built in 1864 on the ruins (“hurva”) of the structure built in 1700 and destroyed by arson in 1721. The Ottoman-era structure was destroyed by explosives just after the Jordanian army overran the position which was being used by the Haganah on […]

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A wonderful 360 degree view of Al-Aqsa Mosque

There is a beautiful 360 degree tour of the interior of Al-Aqsa Mosque here in the Old City of East Jerusalem. I first spotted it on the website of the Dajani family, who have played an important role in Jerusalem history, here … UPDATE: As the comments note below, this tour is originally taken from […]

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It's Friday – protests in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem + West Bank

Today is Friday. Palestinian television will normally be show the Friday prayers from Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, located in the Old City of East Jerusalem, but this Friday Palestinian TV will broadcast live from Burrin, a village in the northern West Bank, near Nablus, where a mosque under construction, the Suliman […]

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Jerusalem tensions persist

Tensions continue — among Palestinians, at least — after disturbances the mosque esplanade in the Old City of East Jerusalem on Sunday, despite the imposed calm for the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur observed this year from Sunday night through Monday night. There were minor disturbances reported in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods a...

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