Tag Archive for Jerusalem

UK Home Office switches ‘Jerusalem’ to ‘Occupied Territories’ on new UK passport

Policy Sabotage Inside the UK Visa and Immigration Department – UK Home Office apologizes, saying, ‘We are urgently investigating how this has occurred and will contact Ms. Balaban about the issuing of a new passport.’

By  JNS and ILH Staff

 

The Foreign Ministry is investigating a report that an Israeli woman had her birthplace changed from “Jerusalem” to “Occupied Palestinian Territories” upon renewing her UK passport.

Ayelet Balaban, a dual Israeli-British citizen who has held a UK passport all her life, said she was shocked upon receiving the new document, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

Ayelet Balaban’s expired passport, which lists her birthplace as ‘Jerusalem’ – Israel’s Kan Broadcasting

According to Balaban, she sent her old passport to England about two weeks ago and received the new one on Monday. Continue Reading »

MAZEL TOV! Kosovo opens embassy in Jerusalem

Following the establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel via then-U.S. President Donald Trump, Kosovo becomes the first Muslim-majority country, and the first European country, to establish its official Embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.

By Associated Press

 

Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it has formally opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

A statement said the move was made after the establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel on Feb. 1 and a Kosovo-Serbia summit held at the White House in September.

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US St. Dept. changes policy: Passports now list born in Jerusalem as Israel

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced termination of long-standing American foreign policy of not identifying an American born in Jerusalem as ‘Born in Israel’ in US Passport.

By Gary Willig

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday that ‘Israel’ will be permitted to be listed on the passports of citizens born in Jerusalem, reversing decades of US policy.

Until now, US passport holders born in Jerusalem could not list their country of birth as Israel even if they were born in western Jerusalem due to US policy that the status of Jerusalem was to be determined in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. Continue Reading »

Palestinian terrorist shot dead during knife attack in Jerusalem’s Old City

UPDATED with Police CC VIDEO: A 19 yr-old border policeman was moderately wounded by a Palestinian terrorist Monday evening near the Lions’ Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem.
– The assailant, neutralized by the police, succumbed to his wounds.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

An Arab man attempted to stab a border police officer in a suspected terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem Monday night. The attack took place near the Lions Gate.

One officer was moderately wounded in the attack.

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Israel approved plan to build schools replacing UNRWA for Arab kids

Jerusalem Mayor gets plan approved for constructing educational campus serving the capital’s Arab neighborhoods providing a superior education and free of UNRWA’s anti-Semitic and martyrdom indoctrination.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Jerusalem Municipal Council approved Tuesday night a plan to construct an educational campus for Education Ministry schools near the city’s Arab Shuafat and Anata neighborhoods.

These schools will be an alternative to the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) schools which currently dominate the area.

UNRWA (Palestinian) student – Screenshot: The Center for Near East Policy Research

The project will cost 7.1 million NIS ($2,055,617), and will be located in an area outside the pre-1967 borders but within Jerusalem’s municipal borders. Continue Reading »

South Pacific island of Nauru recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

The South Pacific nation of Nauru becomes the latest country recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital, just a few days after Honduras, following the lead of US President Trump, who ‘broke the ice’ standing against the Arab world.

By Itamar Eichner

 

The tiny Pacific island of Nauru has become the latest country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, following in the footsteps of a number of countries, with the U.S. at their head.

The declaration came after diplomatic negotiations by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz and the Nauruan embassy in Israel, with the help of the honorary consul of Nauru in Israel, David Ben Basat. Continue Reading »

Honduras recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez is scheduled to arrive in Israel to inaugurate a “diplomatic office” in Jerusalem, and formally recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital.

By AFP

 

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will travel to Israel on Friday to inaugurate a “diplomatic office” in Jerusalem, recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital.

The diplomatic office in the city will be an extension of Honduras’ Tel Aviv-based embassy.

Netanyahu meets with President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández – Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

“For me it’s the recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” Hernandez said on Tuesday.

The foreign ministry said in a statement Israel had proposed that Honduras move its embassy to Jerusalem, which is being “analyzed and evaluated in the international and national context.” Continue Reading »

U.S. blocks anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council

Facilitated by the Palestinian Authority, Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa sought to condemn Israel for it’s demolition of 10 apartment buildings illegally built, in what Israel’s High Court determined a high security threat to the State by ignoring their location and defiantly constructing them along Israel’s security barrier.

BY REUTERS

 

UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, diplomats said.

Israel said the 10 apartment buildings demolished on Monday, most of them still under construction, had been built illegally and posed a security risk to Israeli armed forces operating along a barrier that runs through the West Bank. Continue Reading »

PA Threatens to Sever Ties With Israel After Demolition of Illegal Structures

Although the Wadi Hummus residents knew they were defiantly building on Israel’s side of the security fence, they claim that when they began construction they were unaware of the 2011 edict prohibiting construction within such a short distance of the barrier.
– IDF: The law is the law; court decreed 12 buildings razed were too close to the security barrier.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF, KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

 

The Palestinian Authority threatened to cut ties with Israel over its forced demolition Monday of 12 building in Wadi al-Hummus near east Jerusalem, dubbing it a “war crime” and “ethnic cleansing.”

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EU demands Israel stop demolition of illegally constructed Arab homes

The European Union calls for ‘immediate halt’ to demolition of illegally built Arab apartment buildings, in a move to veto Israel’s High Court decision decreeing the improper construction was too close to Israel’s security fence.

By David Rosenberg

 

The European Union formally condemned the demolition of illegal Arab apartment buildings near Israel’s security barrier separating Jerusalem from Palestinian Authority-controlled areas, and demanded Israel halt its enforcement of demolition orders.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the European Union’s foreign affairs department said the demolitions undermine the “viability of the two-state solution”.

“Israeli authorities have proceeded with the demolition of 10 Palestinian buildings, containing some 70 apartments, in Wadi al Hummus, part of Sur Baher neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Reclaiming stolen Jewish homes in Jerusalem, one house at a time

 

WATCH: Family of Arab squatters are finally evicted from a Jewish owned building in Silwan by Israel Police officers after a 25 year court battle.
Plus: Photo-essay from 1948 of Jerusalem being made ‘Judenfrei’ (without Jews) for the first time in 2 millennia.

By David Rosenberg

 

A two-and-a-half decade-long legal battle over a Jewish-owned building in eastern Jerusalem finally ended Wednesday morning, when Israeli police evicted Arab squatters from the property and transferred the building to its owners.

On Wednesday, Israeli police removed members of the Siyam family, and activists supporting the family, from a building they had illegally taken control of in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Palestinians accuse the United States of ‘Judaizing’ Jerusalem

After Palestinian administrative official condemned US diplomats for their planned participation in the upcoming City of David event as supporting the ‘Judaization’ of Jerusalem, the US envoy snapped back saying, ‘We can’t ‘Judaize’ what history and archeology already prove.’

By Tal Polon

 

US envoy Jason Greenblatt on Sunday slammed the PA for accusing the US of supporting the “Judaization” of Jerusalem, calling the claim “ludicrous.”

King David’s Citadel in Jerusalem’s ‘Old City’ – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The PA claim was connected to expected US participation in an inaugural ceremony for the “Pilgrim’s Road” at the City of David excavation site near the Old City of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Cable cars route approved to and from the Old City of Jerusalem

In one of most-visited locations in the world, visitors in Jerusalem will now be able to reach the Western Wall in just minutes, thanks to a new project which aims to ease congestion in the ancient city.
– Palestinian neighborhoods above which the cable cars will pass, oppose the project.

By Yael Fridson

 

Seventy-one years after a cable car brought in supplies for besieged fighters on Mount Zion during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, cable cars are making a comeback in the capital.

The National Infrastructure Committee has approved a plan to build cable cars to transport people in and out of the Old City by air. Continue Reading »

To Palestinian chagrin, U.S. officially shutters consulate in East Jerusalem

Having become superfluous in East Jerusalem, closing the consulate which functioned as the de facto embassy for the Palestinians prompted their petulant official, Saeb Erekat, to say its closure was “the final nail in the coffin” for the US as a peace negotiator.

By The Associated Press

 

The United States on Monday officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel.

For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit, under the command of the embassy. Continue Reading »

VIDEO REPORT: Israeli UN envoy hosts 40 UN colleagues on tour of Israel

Israeli PM Netanyahu today met with the UN Ambassador’s delegation organized and hosted by Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon.
WATCH: “The important thing is not merely to see the truth, which you will in this visit, it is to speak the truth,” with Netanyahu saying with emphasis, “We want to see you change your votes.”

By Hezki Baruch

 

As Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon hosts a delegation of UN ambassadors in Israel, he spoke with Arutz Sheva ahead of an aerial tour of Israel and the Hezbollah terror tunnels in the north. He said such a tour was the best way to explain to the ambassadors the challenges that Israel faces. Continue Reading »