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Jerusalem 2011

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 4:26 AM

By Dr. Menachem Klein

To be an egalitarian city, the unification of Jerusalem would had to have held this as its vision. Jerusalem could have been a model of a city that did not belong exclusively to the Jews in Israel but was bi-national, a joint city of two national...

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City of David or City of Gmaryahu ben Shafan?

(119) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 4:14 PM

By Yonatan Mizrachi

In the more than 140 years of excavations at the "City of David" archaeological site in the Palestinian village of Silwan in Jerusalem, dozens of fragments have been unearthed bearing inscriptions in ancient Hebrew. Most date from the beginning of the eighth to the sixth century B.C.E...

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Under the Pretense of Law

(8) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 4:46 PM

The new ruling of the Supreme Court once again puts the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem in the eye of the storm. The three judges on the panel accepted the claim of ownership of the state and some settlers bodies on the area of Umm Harun on the...

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A Failing Grade for East Jerusalem Schools

(32) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 4:31 PM

The opening of the school year provides an annual opportunity to turn the public gaze, if only briefly, from the boiling political arena to the education system -- both for its successes and its failures. 

While the media spot lights will be trained on the minister of education, the president,...

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The Knesset's New Referendum Bill: Dangerous Populism

(17) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 12:33 PM

The Knesset Comittee's decision to pass its second and third Referendum Bill, which would condition any withdrawal from East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights on both a public referendum and special majority in Knesset, is populism of the most dangerous kind.

Supposedly, it is the most democratic decision; to pass...

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Price Tag In Silwan

(12) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 1:17 PM

By Orly Noy, Ir Amim's spokesperson

The latest intention of realizing the three-year-old eviction and sealing order against Beit Yohanatan, located in the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, led Knesset member Uri Ariel to express his deep concern for the value of equality in the face of the law:...

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How United Is Jerusalem? A Tour of Palestinian Neighborhoods and Israeli Settlements

(53) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 11:26 PM

Reported by Ziva Galili

The recent clashes in East Jerusalem, though limited in scope and duration, are forcing us again to question the presentation of Jerusalem as a united city. Just a few weeks ago, on Jerusalem Day, Israeli politicians and settlers celebrated "Eternally United Jerusalem" and swore...

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Reflections on Jerusalem Day in an Impoverished, Extremist, and Divided City

(68) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 12:15 PM

By Orly Noy

On May 12, Israel celebrated Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the "reunification" of Jerusalem in the 1967 war. This article is a reflection on Yom Yerushalayim, which is celebrated with very little regard to the actual current conflicted status of Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem Day (Yom...

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Voices from Jerusalem: Open Letter to Ronald Lauder

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 5:28 PM

By Eldad Brin

This is a response, by an Israeli citizen, to the widely publicized letter to President Obama, written by Ronald Lauder of the World Jewish Congress.


Dear Mr. Lauder,

I write today as an Israeli who actually lives in Israel...

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Netanyahu Continues to Hide Behind Hollow Slogans

(38) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 2:15 PM

What did Prime Minister Netanyahu mean when he told the annual meeting of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) that construction in Jerusalem "in no way precludes the possibility of a two-state solution"? The statement was made at the start of Netanyahu's visit to Washington, where he had hoped to...

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My Daily Routine at the Jabel Mukaber Checkpoint

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 12:40 PM

Mai Abdo is Vice Principal at the Jabel Mukaber Elementary School, a K-through-9th-grade institution that enrolls 1,800 boys and girls. Ms. Abdo also teaches English to 7th- and 8th-grade students. A professional woman holding a Bachelors degree from Al Quds University and a Masters degree from

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Jerusalem Is not a Final Status Issue

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 2:10 PM

By Sarah Kreimer, Ir Amim Associate Director

What has the approval of plans to build 1600 housing units in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem to do with protecting U.S. troops in Iraq? Apparently quite a bit.

The arrogant announcement of the approval...

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A Storm Is Gathering in Silwan

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 5:06 PM

A new storm is gathering in Jerusalem. On March 2nd, Jerusalem's Mayor, Mr. Nir Barkat, held a press conference to announce the plan for "The King's Garden." It calls for the demolition of 22 Palestinian homes on the western flank of the Al Bustan neighborhood in the Silwan quarter of...

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Interview with Fakhri Abu-Diab: Can Non-Violence Work in Jerusalem?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 11:32 AM

Reported by Ziva Galili

"There is very little hope in East Jerusalem today, but we are committed to the struggle for our homes and our rights, and we are determined to do it by legal means and without violence."

The speaker is Fakhri Abu-Diab, a resident of Al-Bustan neighborhood in...

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Why are Israelis Demonstrating in Sheikh Jarrah?

(11) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 9:39 AM

Every Friday over the last few weeks, a coalition of Israeli organizations and many private citizens have come to a park on the outskirts of the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah to protest against the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes and the entry of Israeli-Jewish settlers into...

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Sheikh Jarrah: A Case of Systemic Injustice

(15) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 12:35 PM

Reported by Ziva Galili

On a sunny afternoon, Dina Goldstein (30) and I hail a cab in downtown Jerusalem on our way to the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Northeast Jerusalem.

Sheikh Jarrah is a sprawling neighborhood located just east of the 1948 Israeli-Jordanian border that used...

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Israel and the Europeans: On a Course to Conflict Over Jerusalem

(25) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 1:55 PM

By Orly Noy, Ir Amim's Spokesperson

A month after Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a limited "freeze" on construction in Israeli-controlled Palestinian territory, it appears that his action will not end international pressure on Israel. True, the United States welcomed the announcement and attempted to solicit positive responses...

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New Construction in East Jerusalem: What It Really Means

(328) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 7:58 PM

By Orly Noy, Ir Amim Spokesperson

The recent diplomatic and journalistic storm over plans to expand the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem exposed a fundamental difference of view between Israel and many of its strongest supporters. Reacting to news that plans for 900 new dwellings in Gilo were to be approved...

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Voices From Jerusalem: An Arab Citizen of Israel Discovers Jerusalem

(9) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 12:15 PM

By Abeer Otman

July 2009. Seven years have passed since I arrived in Jerusalem, a girl of 19, from the village of Rabia. All I wanted was to study at the Hebrew University, the premier university in Israel and it did not matter that the university was in Jerusalem. I...

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Deteriorating Reality in the Shadow of Catastrophic Scenarios

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 10:55 AM

By Orly Noy, Ir Amim Spokesperson

Recent events in East Jerusalem, especially at the site Jews call Temple Mount and Muslims call Haram el Sharif, have given rise to obsessive betting among Israelis about the likelihood of a third intifada breaking out soon. Such forecasts seem to depend on the...

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