Egyptian officials says that since many other renowned Muslims in the region have acknowledged that Jerusalem doesn’t really hold much religious significance for Islam, there’s really no reason why the Palestinians can’t accept Ramallah as their capital.
By Israel Today Staff
In a hushed, roundabout way, Egyptian authorities are pressing the Palestinians to accept US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as the new reality.
A senior intelligence officer speaking on behalf of Egypt’s defense establishment was taped phoning a number of popular local television talk show hosts to encourage them to deliver that message to their viewers. Continue Reading »
Although the Jerusalem Municipality is investing massive resources in east Jerusalem education, including enrichment programs, a poll in the city’s Arab schools reflects a spike in preference for Israeli curriculum, rather than the Palestinian’s.
By Yori Yalon
Forty-eight percent of parents whose children are enrolled in schools in east Jerusalem do not want them studying the curriculum provided by the Palestinian Authority, according to a recent poll conducted by the Jerusalem Municipality.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett visiting Israeli classroom – Photo source: Naftali Bennett/Facebook
The city, which polled hundreds of parents of east Jerusalem students, found a sharp decline in parents’ satisfaction with the Palestinian curriculum, which is used in Arab schools in the east of the city, as well as a notable rise in demand for the Israeli curriculum. Continue Reading »
Completely ignoring the Saudis utilize the same security measures at their holy sites, Palestinian worshippers are enraged over the newly installed magnometers at the entrances to the Temple Mount following Friday’s deadly terror attack.
By Elior Levy
After the series of confrontations between Muslims and Israeli security forces over the new security measures introduced at the entrances to the Temple Mount, the Fatah movement announced on Tuesday that a day of rage in east Jerusalem and the West Bank that will take place on Wednesday.
In addition, Tanzim—the militant faction of Fatah—decided that Friday prayers would be held in squares in the main Palestinian cities and sermons would be dedicated to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and against Israel’s increased security measures. Continue Reading »
Israel’s cabinet approved a plan to encourage schools in East Jerusalem to begin teaching the Israeli curriculum instead of the current Palestinian curriculum to “influence the future youth in the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and their integration into Israeli society in the long term.”
By LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI
The cabinet on Sunday approved a plan submitted by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin to encourage schools in east Jerusalem to teach an Israeli curriculum as opposed to the Palestinian school curriculum.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett visiting Israeli classroom – Photo source: Naftali Bennett/Facebook
“The time has come that also in east Jerusalem [pupils] will learn the Israeli curriculum from first grade,” Bennett said. Continue Reading »
MK Dr. Anat Berko (Likud) has presented PM Netanyahu a comprehensive plan that transfers Palestinian residents municipal responsibility over E. Jerusalem Arab sections, eventually revoking their citizenship to become citizens of Palestine.
By BEN CASPIT
A plan to separate some of east Jerusalem’s neighborhoods was presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu several months ago in a work meeting between the premier and MK Dr. Anat Berko (Likud).
Map of Jerusalem [illustrative]
Berko accompanied her plan with a detailed map, aerial photographs and groundwork. The map in question was a map of the municipal areas of Jerusalem. At the center of it was marked a new border that MK Berko had drawn, whose purpose was to remove Israel’s municipal responsibility over a long list of Palestinian neighborhoods in east Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
This UNESCO resolution, said Opposition leader Yizthak Herzog, “an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel disgrace that distorts the history of the Jewish people and their unshakable connection to their capital, Jerusalem …will find itself in the garbage can of history, just like the accusation that Zionism is racism.”
By Gary Willig
Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum slammed the UNESCO vote to deny Israel’s right to sovereignty over its capital city of Jerusalem Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that fewer nations supported Tuesday’s resolution than had supported similar anti-Israel UNESCO resolutions last year.
UNESCO anti-Israel voting results for 3rd anti-Semitic Jerusalem resolution – May 2, 2017 – UN Watch
“Over the last two days I’ve had numerous conversations with various heads of state and foreign ministers about the absurd vote at the UN. Continue Reading »
The PA’s public diplomacy bureau said school closure was demonstrative of Israel’s “terrorist activities”, calling Israel’s claims of incitement in the school’s curriculum as “lies”.
By Dalit Halevi
The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday blasted as “terrorism” Israel’s decision to close an Arab elementary school in Jerusalem due to its spreading of incitement.
The closer houses are Sur baher. The farther houses on the mountain, on the left are the edges of al-Ubeidiya. On the mountain on the right is believed to be Wadi al-Arayis and Juhdum. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The Al Nkhba School in the Sur Baher neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem was ordered to be closed after it was discovered that the school had been established by officials affiliated with the Hamas terrorist organization, and that the curriculum included severe incitement against the State of Israel. Continue Reading »
Unlike the Arab Archbishop’s boss, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, who openly praised Israel’s protection of Christians, Atallah Hanna reveled around ‘hijacked’ Palestinian Christmas tree in East Jerusalem.
Israel Today Staff
A Christmas tree featuring photos of dozens of Palestinian terrorists killed while attacking Israeli Jews has been erected in eastern Jerusalem.
Until the past weekend, the tree had attracted many visitors, both Muslims and Christians. Among them was Archbishop of Sebastia Theodosios, better known as Atallah Hanna.
Theophilos with visitors by the 2016 martyr’s Christmas tree in eastern Jerusalem. – Screenshot Israel TV2 News
Channel 2 News reported that Hanna told those gathered at the tree that it constituted a “Christmas message [from] the heart of Palestine – we are one nation defending one issue…standing firm and remaining in the Holy Land.”
Israel Border Police later arrived and removed the photos of the dead terrorists from the tree’s branches. Continue Reading »
According to Israel Police, the handgun was found, holstered with two loaded clips, in the Palestinian boy’s locker at his Jerusalem school after reports of suspicious activity there.
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
A pistol and two loaded cartridges belonging to a 13-year-old Palestinian boy from east Jerusalem were seized by police at an area school overnight Sunday. The boy has been placed under arrest.
While details of the investigation remain unclear, according to police, the gun was found in a holster in the boy’s locker at the unidentified Jerusalem school, after intelligence was received about suspicious activity there.
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Anti-Israel activists operating under the banner of the “National Work Commission,” backed by the Palestinian Authority, are promoting throughout the Arab neighborhoods, a new push to stop Jewish acquisition of land or property in Jerusalem.
By Ari Soffer
A group of Muslim activists in Jerusalem, backed by the Palestinian Authority, have launched a new campaign to deter Muslims from selling property to Jews in the Israeli capital.
Activists operating under the banner of the “National Work Commission” declared the campaign last week at a public press conference, and have since been promoting it throughout Arab neighborhoods.
Their campaign, first reported by veteran Israeli-Arab journalist Khaled Abu-Toameh, has raised fears that the PA and other Arab terrorist groups may resume a policy of extrajudicial executions of Arabs accused of engaging in real estate transactions with Jews. Continue Reading »
In an Israel TV10 report, the Zionist Union chief signed a secret agreement to divide Jerusalem, accepts ‘right of return’ for Palestinian Arabs into Israel, and the surrender of Judea and Samaria.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Opposition leader and Zionist Union chief Isaac Herzog agreed to far reaching concessions on the eve of the 2015 election, a report by Channel 10 on Sunday revealed.
Herzog, who prior to the election was seen as a viable candidate for Prime Minister, signed a secret letter of understanding with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, agreeing to a number of long-standing Arab demands. Continue Reading »
After demolishing the obscene memorial garden in a Jerusalem Arab neighborhood commemorating terrorists who were killed while attacking Jews, Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said, ‘Police will act decisively against any display of incitement & support for terror against Israel.’
By Efrat Forsher
Jerusalem District police officers and city officials on Tuesday demolished a memorial garden in the Arab neighborhood of Ras al-Amud in east Jerusalem, which was created to commemorate terrorists — or “shahids” according to the garden’s founders — who have been killed during the current wave of violence.
A picture of a “shahid” at the park in east Jerusalem
The garden was created several weeks ago. Continue Reading »
The Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, destroyed by Jordan when Israel lost East Jerusalem in the 1948 war, is finally being rebuilt, but in opposition to Arab leaders screaming “occupation”.
By Dalit Halevy
The start of a project to rebuild the Tiferet Yisrael synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City is infuriating Muslims. The synagogue was built in the 1860s but blown up by the Jordanian army in 1948.
The Old City of Jerusalem in the early 20th century. The Jewish quarter is at the bottom of the image. The two large domes are the Hurva Synagogue (Bottom Left) and the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue (Bottom Right). Continue Reading »
Although, the majority of East Jerusalem Arabs refuse Israeli citizenship, more Palestinians are requesting it, acknowledging the lack of a peace deal, a weaker legal status, and simple pragmatism.
“I declare I will be a loyal citizen of the state of Israel,” reads the oath that must be sworn by all naturalized Israeli citizens. Increasingly, they are words being uttered by Palestinians.
In East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity.
While Israel regards the east of the city as part of Israel, the estimated 300,000 Palestinians that live there do not. Continue Reading »