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26 July 2017
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
3 things about the Jerusalem crisis
~ Israeli Decision Makers Once Again Ignored the Warnings of Bloodshed [Haaretz]
~ Six things that must be said about the violence [+972mag]
~ Melbourne Solidarity Event 26 July
& ICYMI... Man in the middle [The Australian]
Call to boycott Israeli LGBT Film Festival
Palestinian worshipers hold a mass prayer in the streets of East Jerusalem as an act of civil disobedience after Israel implemented new entry arrangements for Al-Aqsa Mosque, Wadi Joz, East Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)
Israeli Decision Makers Once Again Ignored the Warnings of Bloodshed
Nir Hasson, Haaretz, 23 July 2017
'It is now clear to everyone, the metal detectors will not stay. After six dead in the first 12 hours after the Friday prayers – three Palestinians in the riots on Friday in Jerusalem and the three Jews murdered in the terrorist attack in Halamish Friday night – it is clear that all the warnings from the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Defense Forces on the danger of leaving the metal detectors in place have come about...'
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Six things that must be said about the violence in Jerusalem and West Bank
Haggai Matar, +972mag, 23 July 2017
There can be no justification for murder, the violence in Jerusalem isn’t about metal detectors, and there is a way out of this.
'Tensions in Jerusalem exploded last week in a bloody day that left four Palestinians and three Israelis dead. Israeli security forces killed two Palestinians during demonstrations outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday, while a third Palestinian was shot and killed by a settler in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ma’ale Zeitim. On Saturday night, a fourth Palestinian was killed during protests. Meanwhile on Friday, a Palestinian from the West Bank village of Kobar broke into the adjacent Israeli settlement of Halamish and stabbed three Israelis to death, before being shot and wounded by a neighbor. Here are six things we need to keep in mind when talking about the quickly spiraling violence we are currently witnessing...'
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Melbourne solidarity event tonight, 6pm, 26 July
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And in case you missed it...
Man in the middle, John Lyons, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 22 July 2017
Extract from John Lyons newly released book.
'We had the best balcony in Jerusalem. From it we could see the best and the worst of this ancient city – the extraordinary past and the beguiling present. The good and the bad, the hope and the despair. And it was from this balcony that I would go forth around the Middle East, flying to wherever yet another dictator was slaughtering his people...'
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