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Five Reasons Why Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Under Threat

Palestinians inspect the damage at the entrance of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City following clashes with Israeli riot police on September 15, 2015. Palestinians and Israeli police clashed at Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a three days during the Jewish new year.1. The ‘status quo’ is already changing

In 2014, almost 11,000 Jews entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. This represented a 28 percent increase from the previous year – and almost double the number of Jewish visitors in 2009. While in 2012, Jewish activists entered the compound on average once every 2 weeks, in 2013 this had become once every 4 days, and in 2014, closer to every 2-3 days.


Israeli bulldozers are back in Beit Jala

Olive trees being uprooted in Beit JalaIn 2004, I wrote an article about the story of Nabil Saba, a man from Beit Jala whose family was expelled in the early 1970s to make way for the Israeli settlement of Har Gilo. When I first spoke to him some 11 years ago, confiscation of land for the Apartheid Wall was well underway.


Self-pity and privilege: Etgar Keret and Israel's 'liberal left'

Etgar KeretEtgar Keret, according to some, is "the most loved and widely read Israeli writer working today." Hailed as "one of the most prominent Israeli writers on the international literary scene", Keret has recently published a memoir, his first non-fiction book following five short story collections.


Shoot and lie: Israeli forces are killing civilians with impunity

Ben WhiteOn Sunday, an undercover unit of Israel's Border Police conducted an arrest raid in Shuafat refugee camp, an area of Occupied East Jerusalem locked behind the Separation Wall.


Waiting on ICC, Israeli war crimes suspects already fear arrest abroad

Ben WhiteOver the last two weeks, two Israeli war crimes suspects entered the UK. One, former Israeli minister Tzipi Livni, received diplomatic immunity in dubious circumstances. A second, former Israeli army chief of staff Shaul Mofaz, visited for just 48 hours and left before the authorities acted. These visits have prompted three questions.


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