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“We were told that this is definitely coming, and we need to be ready for it,” one official said.

President Donald Trump could announce as early as Tuesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US officials with direct knowledge of the matter and foreign diplomats have told CNN. Upon making the decision public, Trump is expected to sign a waiver to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months, but say his administration will move the diplomatic mission to Jerusalem at some point a goal long sought by Israel.

The Diplomatic Security Service, which is charged with protecting US posts and personnel overseas, was already bracing for possible protests after Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos on Wednesday. Officials feared a reprise of the violent protests at US embassies in the Middle East that erupted in September 2012 following the publication of an anti-Muslim video on the internet. Embassies in that region were already on high security alert.

A White House official confirmed that the White House was alerted to those concerns by the State Department.

“It didn’t manifest in anything actionable, but it was a big concern,” one State Department official said about the President’s retweets of the videos. “We saw in Cairo and other places that simply posting something on the internet, even if nothing was intended by it, could have real consequences.”

Although no incidents were reported this week over the videos Trump retweeted, one senior official said the situation served as a useful exercise in planning for the Jerusalem embassy announcement.

“If there were protests, that would give us a good idea of where it was going to get hot and where we needed to take additional measures,” the official said.

The officials said planning was solely limited to how to react for possible protests after the announcement and did not include any preparations for protecting any new or existing US facilities in Jerusalem. In the event the embassy does move to Jerusalem, the Diplomatic Security Service would be involved in securing the facility and its personnel.

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With another deadline looming next Monday, Mr. Trump is expected to sign an order keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv. But he will couple that with a statement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital something that no president, Republican or Democrat, has done since the state of Israel was established in 1948.

Given the extreme sensitivities surrounding Jerusalem, Middle East experts said Mr. Trumps plan was fraught with risk. Even after extensive consultations with Arab leaders, which the White House has not done, such a move could provoke volatile reactions.

The devil is in the details of what they announce, said Martin S. Indyk, who served as American ambassador to Israel under President Bill Clinton. If this is not framed properly, far from resolving this issue, it will land the administration in even hotter water.

Among the questions, Mr. Indyk said, are whether Mr. Trump will restrict recognition to West Jerusalem, whether he will mention Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem and how he will deal with Jerusalems status as a holy city a factor that could determine whether Saudi Arabia supports or abandons his peace project.

News of Mr. Trumps decision came amid fresh disclosures about how, even before he took office, he worked closely with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scuttle a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israels settlement policy subverting then-President Barack Obama, who had decided to allow a vote to go ahead.

Documents filed in connection with the guilty plea of Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trumps former national security adviser, revealed that on Dec. 22, 2016, a very senior member of Mr. Trumps transition team instructed Mr. Flynn to contact foreign officials, including from Russia, to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution.

Lawyers identified the senior transition official as Mr. Kushner. Russia rebuffed Mr. Flynns request and voted for the resolution, which passed after the United States abstained.

Mr. Trump has kept up his close relations with Mr. Netanyahu, though that may be tested if, as expected, the White House tries to jump-start peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians early next year.

While Mr. Netanyahu supports the decision to move the American Embassy, Israeli officials have not pushed the issue in recent months. Other leaders in the region, like King Abdullah II of Jordan, remain deeply opposed to it.

But Mr. Trump was under immense pressure from pro-Israel and evangelical supporters and is likely to repeat past assertions that it is not a matter of if, but when, the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem. He is also being pressed to declare that next weeks waiver will be his last effectively promising to devise a plan by mid-2018 to begin relocating the embassy.

Declaring Jerusalem to be Israels capital would not itself mark a change in American law. In 1995, Mr. Clinton signed a statute declaring, Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel. But administrations have been allowed to decide, as a matter of policy, whether to recognize it as the capital, and none have done so.

That law requires the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, unless the president issues a waiver finding that doing so would be against national security interests of the United States. American presidents have done so every six months since then to avoid prejudging the outcome of and therefore hampering an eventual resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump vowed to change course. At the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016, he said he would move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.

But he signed a waiver on June 1, and officials said Mr. Adelson was among the supporters who were deeply disappointed by the presidents decision.

Among those pressing hardest for moving the embassy, said people close to the deliberations, was Vice President Mike Pence, who has been a conduit for Mr. Trump to religious conservatives. In a speech in New York on Tuesday, he said Mr. Trump was actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In the short run, the decision could complicate plans for Mr. Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt, Mr. Trumps special envoy, to restart peace negotiations. Palestinian officials have warned that Mr. Trump is playing with fire.

If youre trying to be creative by saying were recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, youd better qualify it, said Dennis B. Ross, a longtime Middle East peace negotiator. If you dont qualify it, that means youve just accepted the Israeli position on the final status of Jerusalem, which means youve lost the Arabs.

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Jerusalem freezes plan to build luxury villas on ancient village – The Times of Israel

A controversial plan to build luxury real estate in Lifta, a remarkably kept historic village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, has been frozen, but opponents say the plan isnt dead yet as it enjoys the backing of senior officials in city hall.

The plan was taken off the agenda after the citys local planning committee chairman Meir Turgeman, who supports it, realized it was strongly opposed by a majority of the committees members during a hearing on the subject on August 9, according to records of the meeting and a member of the committee who spoke to The Times of Israel.

Following the August 9 meeting, the Jerusalem Municipality released a statement saying, The plan was dropped from the agenda in order to undergo another professional examination. Once this examination is completed, it will be re-discussed by the Local Planning and Building Committee.

The main reason for opposition to the plan by committee members was that it calls for some 200 high-cost villas to be built in the historically important landscape, rather than low-cost housing that could accommodate thousands in the congested capital.

Israelis cool off at Lifta Spring in Jerusalem on April 26, 2016, as temperatures hit 40 degrees in some parts of the country. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

One source familiar with discussions of the plan, who wished to remain anonymous because he wasnt authorized to discuss the subject, said that the mayor and the people who work for the mayor are really determined to make this thing happen.

The source said proponents of the plan are considering how to make this site more profitable for the city.

An old olive press in Lifta, an abandonded Palestinian Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. December 17, 2016. The city of Jerusalem plans to build villas and a shopping mall over the old village. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

The construction of the new neighborhood in Lifta was meant to begin years ago. But in 2012, opponents of the plan, including former residents and their descendants, Israeli academics, architects, members of the Society for the Protection of Nature, and recently expelled Jewish residents of Lifta, managed to win a temporary reprieve. The court revoked the building tender and ordered the Israeli Antiquities Authority IAA to conduct a thorough survey of the village.

The IAA proceeded to carry out what Avi Mashiach, the conservation architect who led the survey, said in a statement to the Haaretz daily was the biggest, most complex and important survey ever carried out by the Antiquities Authority. It ended last December.

The archaeologists found evidence of settlement in the site dating back thousands of years to the First Temple period, and were able, with the help of former Palestinian residents, to completely map out the evolution of the current village from a crusader farmhouse to a warren of connected buildings perched on the hills overlooking the valley.

Nevertheless, after the survey, the Jerusalem municipality continued to back the plan for housing at the site, which it said, in a statement to The Times of Israel, would be revised to take the results of the archaeological survey into account. However, whatever revisions it planned were not made available to the public. The IAA survey of Lifta has also not been made available to the public.

Mashiach and the coalition of opposition activists argued that no amount of careful planning could do justice to Lifta.

Lifta from the Western entrance to Jerusalem, with Mitzpeh Naftoah sloping down from the Ramot neighborhood in the background (Wikimedia Commons/, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ilan Shtayer, one of the leaders of the coalition opposing the Lifta plan, said, We need to be sure that professionals and people making the decisions understand that this plan is dead. There are people who are trying to make it happen.

He argued that during the IAA review there were no underground excavations, and there could perhaps be another 2,000 years of history underground.

Yoav Yeivin, a member of the local planning committee and a Jerusalem city council member for the Hitorerut party, said he voted against the plan because we dont need 200 villas to ruin one of the most historical sites in Israel.

Yoav Yeivin, Jerusalem city council member for Hitorerut movement. He has taken up the issues of East Jerusalem on his own accord. (Courtesy)

I dont want a castle for a few rich people. I want an open place for the public, he added.

Yeivin said he understood city halls desire to continue developing Jerusalem, and said he would vote for a plan that renewed the site intelligently.

He recommended turning the village into a tourist site, similar to sites in Italy, by adding a few hotels and restaurants while maintaining and restoring the archaeological remains.

The buildings at the site are in a state of disrepair, and many are in danger of collapsing. All sides agree that urgent action is needed to protect the history of the site.

During the 1948 War of Independence, Lifta, due to its strategic location at the entrance to Jerusalem, was quickly enveloped in the battle. When the war was over, Lifta was empty, and it is a matter of historical debate whether the villagers had fled or were forced out.

Since that time, most of the village has remained untouched and neglected.

Today, Lifta is on the list of UNESCOs tentative world heritage sites for bearing unique testimony of the traditional village life.

Thousands of the Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta and their descendants continue to visit the village every year, and say they plan to return one day to live there.

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The Hipster’s Guide to East Jerusalem: Hidden Cafes, Chic Galleries and a Small Yet Strong Artist Community – Haaretz

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EU envoy: Israel can learn from Europe how to fight terrorism – The Jerusalem Post

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Israel can learn from the European Union how to battle terrorism, and not only the other way around, according to outgoing EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen.

On the eve of leaving Israel at the end of the month, after serving as EU ambassador for the last four years, Faaborg-Andersen told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday that regarding anti-terrorism, We have a lot to learn from Israel, and Israel has a lot to learn from us.

These comments run contrary to the conventional wisdom in Jerusalem that holds that when it comes to fighting terrorism, Israel because of its vast and painful experience can teach the Europeans, currently facing a surge of Islamist attacks in major cities, how to effectively fight the scourge.

From the EU, Faaborg-Andersen said, Israel could learn that fighting terrorism is an endeavor that requires the whole tool box of instruments.

He said that one of those tools is a strong security dimension, which Israel uses effectively. But, he added, there are other aspects involved as well, including de-radicalization, working with social services, and education.

There are a whole lot of other elements, he said. In Europe we have adopted a holistic approach to fighting terrorism. I think Israel could have an interest in studying our experience in holistic approaches.

Asked how he felt this approach was working in Europe, he responded by speaking of the difficulties in open societies of stamping terrorism out completely. At the same time, he said, there have been successes, and the manner in which Europe is battling terrorism is better than nothing, and much better than five years ago when a wave of terrorism started to hit its cities.

We have now reached the level of preparedness for countering that kind of terror better than in the past, he argued.

Faaborg-Andersen said that one of the main difficulties is getting the different bureaucracies with different organizational cultures to work together and exchange information and be one step ahead of the terrorists before they strike.

Some agencies, he said, may have information that could lead to thwarting information, but that information is not shared.

The Danish diplomat, who will now return to work for his countrys Foreign Ministry, said that he hears that Israel is providing the Europeans with very, very important information, including on Islamic State. For the most part, he added, that information flows into the national intelligence services of individual EU countries.

Ties between Israel and the EU were not only strong regarding anti-terrorism cooperation, but in other fields as well, he said, maintaining that the EUs relationship with Israel is the most developed of any relationship the union has with any non-member country in the world.

The problem, he said, is that the relationship in its totality is under-exposed.

Few Israelis really understand the magnitude of the relationship that we have, and also that it are so mutually beneficial to us. Instead, there is a lot of focus on things we dont agree on, which is only 15-20% of the overall relationship.

According to the ambassador, it is important to get the proportion right.

Europe is a friend of Israel, in spite of the problems we have. We are fundamentally very strong supporters and friends, and we have a track record to back it up. I dont want that message to be drowned out in disagreement over certain issues, like the Palestinians.

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Switzerland stops funds to Palestinian NGO due to terrorism connection – The Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian flag is waved at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. (photo credit:MUAMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)

The Swiss foreign ministry announced that it suspended funds and support for the Ramallah-based Palestininian NGO Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat because the organization failed to slash ties to terrorism, according to a Sunday report from the paper SonntagsZeitung.

Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the president of the Jerusalem-based NGO-Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday, “This is an important first step in NGO funding accountability by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, and reflects the recent legislation on this issue. In halting payment to WATC [Women Affairs Technical Committee] , the Swiss follow similar moves by Denmark and Holland. The radical Palestinian NGO is one of many funded by these countries through the Ramallah-based Human Rights Secretariat, with an annual budget of $4 million.”

He added, “A number of the recipients are affiliated with the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) terror organization. Having now frozen WATC funding, the question is whether the Swiss Federal Government will seriously re-examine participation in the very problematic Secretariat mechanism, and in other frameworks that misuse tax money under the facade of human rights and peace. ”

The Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat provides funds to the WATC, which named a youth center after a Palestinian terrorist. Critics of the Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat say it glorifies Palestinian terrorism.

The Palestinian NGO also receives funds from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. The Swiss foreign ministry (EDA) said its internal investigation showed that the EDA did not directly funnel money to the WATC project. The payment of $36,000 for the Palestinian NGO was suspended and a definitive decision about a continued payment will be issued. A date for the decision was not cited in the Swiss media reports. Switzerland, which has hosted Hamas officials over the years, is not a member of the EU and has declined to outlaw Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist entities.

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“We were told that this is definitely coming, and we need to be ready for it,” one official said. President Donald Trump could announce as early as Tuesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US officials with direct knowledge of the matter and foreign diplomats have told CNN. Upon making the decision public, Trump is expected to sign a waiver to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months, but say his administration will move the diplomatic mission to Jerusalem at some point a goal long sought by Israel. The Diplomatic Security Service, which is charged with protecting US posts and personnel overseas, was already bracing for possible protests after Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos on Wednesday. Officials feared a reprise of the violent protests at US embassies in the Middle East that erupted in September 2012 following the publication of an anti-Muslim video on the internet. Embassies in that region were already on high security alert. A White House official confirmed that the White House was alerted to those concerns by the State Department. “It didn’t manifest in anything actionable, but it was a big concern,” one State Department official said about the President’s retweets of the videos. “We saw in Cairo and other places that simply posting something on the internet, even if nothing was intended by it, could have real consequences.” Although no incidents were reported this week over the videos Trump retweeted, one senior official said the situation served as a useful exercise in planning for the Jerusalem embassy announcement. “If there were protests, that would give us a good idea of where it was going to get hot and where we needed to take additional measures,” the official said. The officials said planning was solely limited to how to react for possible protests after the announcement and did not include any preparations for protecting any new or existing US facilities in Jerusalem. In the event the embassy does move to Jerusalem, the Diplomatic Security Service would be involved in securing the facility and its personnel.

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With another deadline looming next Monday, Mr. Trump is expected to sign an order keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv. But he will couple that with a statement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital something that no president, Republican or Democrat, has done since the state of Israel was established in 1948. Given the extreme sensitivities surrounding Jerusalem, Middle East experts said Mr. Trumps plan was fraught with risk. Even after extensive consultations with Arab leaders, which the White House has not done, such a move could provoke volatile reactions. The devil is in the details of what they announce, said Martin S. Indyk, who served as American ambassador to Israel under President Bill Clinton. If this is not framed properly, far from resolving this issue, it will land the administration in even hotter water. Among the questions, Mr. Indyk said, are whether Mr. Trump will restrict recognition to West Jerusalem, whether he will mention Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem and how he will deal with Jerusalems status as a holy city a factor that could determine whether Saudi Arabia supports or abandons his peace project. News of Mr. Trumps decision came amid fresh disclosures about how, even before he took office, he worked closely with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scuttle a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israels settlement policy subverting then-President Barack Obama, who had decided to allow a vote to go ahead. Documents filed in connection with the guilty plea of Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trumps former national security adviser, revealed that on Dec. 22, 2016, a very senior member of Mr. Trumps transition team instructed Mr. Flynn to contact foreign officials, including from Russia, to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution. Lawyers identified the senior transition official as Mr. Kushner. Russia rebuffed Mr. Flynns request and voted for the resolution, which passed after the United States abstained. Mr. Trump has kept up his close relations with Mr. Netanyahu, though that may be tested if, as expected, the White House tries to jump-start peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians early next year. While Mr. Netanyahu supports the decision to move the American Embassy, Israeli officials have not pushed the issue in recent months. Other leaders in the region, like King Abdullah II of Jordan, remain deeply opposed to it. But Mr. Trump was under immense pressure from pro-Israel and evangelical supporters and is likely to repeat past assertions that it is not a matter of if, but when, the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem. He is also being pressed to declare that next weeks waiver will be his last effectively promising to devise a plan by mid-2018 to begin relocating the embassy. Declaring Jerusalem to be Israels capital would not itself mark a change in American law. In 1995, Mr. Clinton signed a statute declaring, Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel. But administrations have been allowed to decide, as a matter of policy, whether to recognize it as the capital, and none have done so. That law requires the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, unless the president issues a waiver finding that doing so would be against national security interests of the United States. American presidents have done so every six months since then to avoid prejudging the outcome of and therefore hampering an eventual resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump vowed to change course. At the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016, he said he would move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem. But he signed a waiver on June 1, and officials said Mr. Adelson was among the supporters who were deeply disappointed by the presidents decision. Among those pressing hardest for moving the embassy, said people close to the deliberations, was Vice President Mike Pence, who has been a conduit for Mr. Trump to religious conservatives. In a speech in New York on Tuesday, he said Mr. Trump was actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In the short run, the decision could complicate plans for Mr. Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt, Mr. Trumps special envoy, to restart peace negotiations. Palestinian officials have warned that Mr. Trump is playing with fire. If youre trying to be creative by saying were recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, youd better qualify it, said Dennis B. Ross, a longtime Middle East peace negotiator. If you dont qualify it, that means youve just accepted the Israeli position on the final status of Jerusalem, which means youve lost the Arabs.

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Jared Kushner Arrives In Jerusalem To Talk Peace – NPR

Haaretz Jared Kushner Arrives In Jerusalem To Talk Peace NPR Email. August 23, 20174:53 PM ET. Heard on All Things Considered. Presidential envoy Jared Kushner arrives in Jerusalem to take another attempt at restarting peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. But relations have gotten even worse recently. The Hipster's Guide to East Jerusalem : Hidden Cafes, Chic Galleries and a Small Yet Strong Artist Community Haaretz Israeli police detains Palestinian in Jerusalem for possession of knife WAFA – Palestine News Agency Gravitating Towards Jerusalem ? Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (press release) Middle East Monitor  – The Jerusalem Post mobile website  – The Jerusalem Post all 258 news articles »

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Jerusalem freezes plan to build luxury villas on ancient village – The Times of Israel

A controversial plan to build luxury real estate in Lifta, a remarkably kept historic village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, has been frozen, but opponents say the plan isnt dead yet as it enjoys the backing of senior officials in city hall. The plan was taken off the agenda after the citys local planning committee chairman Meir Turgeman, who supports it, realized it was strongly opposed by a majority of the committees members during a hearing on the subject on August 9, according to records of the meeting and a member of the committee who spoke to The Times of Israel. Following the August 9 meeting, the Jerusalem Municipality released a statement saying, The plan was dropped from the agenda in order to undergo another professional examination. Once this examination is completed, it will be re-discussed by the Local Planning and Building Committee. The main reason for opposition to the plan by committee members was that it calls for some 200 high-cost villas to be built in the historically important landscape, rather than low-cost housing that could accommodate thousands in the congested capital. Israelis cool off at Lifta Spring in Jerusalem on April 26, 2016, as temperatures hit 40 degrees in some parts of the country. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) One source familiar with discussions of the plan, who wished to remain anonymous because he wasnt authorized to discuss the subject, said that the mayor and the people who work for the mayor are really determined to make this thing happen. The source said proponents of the plan are considering how to make this site more profitable for the city. An old olive press in Lifta, an abandonded Palestinian Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. December 17, 2016. The city of Jerusalem plans to build villas and a shopping mall over the old village. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 The construction of the new neighborhood in Lifta was meant to begin years ago. But in 2012, opponents of the plan, including former residents and their descendants, Israeli academics, architects, members of the Society for the Protection of Nature, and recently expelled Jewish residents of Lifta, managed to win a temporary reprieve. The court revoked the building tender and ordered the Israeli Antiquities Authority IAA to conduct a thorough survey of the village. The IAA proceeded to carry out what Avi Mashiach, the conservation architect who led the survey, said in a statement to the Haaretz daily was the biggest, most complex and important survey ever carried out by the Antiquities Authority. It ended last December. The archaeologists found evidence of settlement in the site dating back thousands of years to the First Temple period, and were able, with the help of former Palestinian residents, to completely map out the evolution of the current village from a crusader farmhouse to a warren of connected buildings perched on the hills overlooking the valley. Nevertheless, after the survey, the Jerusalem municipality continued to back the plan for housing at the site, which it said, in a statement to The Times of Israel, would be revised to take the results of the archaeological survey into account. However, whatever revisions it planned were not made available to the public. The IAA survey of Lifta has also not been made available to the public. Mashiach and the coalition of opposition activists argued that no amount of careful planning could do justice to Lifta. Lifta from the Western entrance to Jerusalem, with Mitzpeh Naftoah sloping down from the Ramot neighborhood in the background (Wikimedia Commons/, CC BY-SA 3.0) Ilan Shtayer, one of the leaders of the coalition opposing the Lifta plan, said, We need to be sure that professionals and people making the decisions understand that this plan is dead. There are people who are trying to make it happen. He argued that during the IAA review there were no underground excavations, and there could perhaps be another 2,000 years of history underground. Yoav Yeivin, a member of the local planning committee and a Jerusalem city council member for the Hitorerut party, said he voted against the plan because we dont need 200 villas to ruin one of the most historical sites in Israel. Yoav Yeivin, Jerusalem city council member for Hitorerut movement. He has taken up the issues of East Jerusalem on his own accord. (Courtesy) I dont want a castle for a few rich people. I want an open place for the public, he added. Yeivin said he understood city halls desire to continue developing Jerusalem, and said he would vote for a plan that renewed the site intelligently. He recommended turning the village into a tourist site, similar to sites in Italy, by adding a few hotels and restaurants while maintaining and restoring the archaeological remains. The buildings at the site are in a state of disrepair, and many are in danger of collapsing. All sides agree that urgent action is needed to protect the history of the site. During the 1948 War of Independence, Lifta, due to its strategic location at the entrance to Jerusalem, was quickly enveloped in the battle. When the war was over, Lifta was empty, and it is a matter of historical debate whether the villagers had fled or were forced out. Since that time, most of the village has remained untouched and neglected. Today, Lifta is on the list of UNESCOs tentative world heritage sites for bearing unique testimony of the traditional village life. Thousands of the Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta and their descendants continue to visit the village every year, and say they plan to return one day to live there.

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The Hipster’s Guide to East Jerusalem: Hidden Cafes, Chic Galleries and a Small Yet Strong Artist Community – Haaretz

skip – googletagmanagerskip – redirectProbability skip – adBlock detector skip – skip – Visual Revenue skip – skip – skip – logo schema for googleskip – infolinks- inread skip – skip – googletagmanagerskip – redirectProbability skip – AddBolcker Educational Bookshop on Salah Eddin Street in East Jerusalem. Magazines, books and good coffee. Olivier Fitoussi A visit to the Palestinian side reveals a world few know and provides plenty of room for optimism Several hours of an unusual tour in East Jerusalem filled me with almost dizzying optimism about Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine and the world in general. I…

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EU envoy: Israel can learn from Europe how to fight terrorism – The Jerusalem Post

Lars Faaborg Andersen. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) Israel can learn from the European Union how to battle terrorism, and not only the other way around, according to outgoing EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen. On the eve of leaving Israel at the end of the month, after serving as EU ambassador for the last four years, Faaborg-Andersen told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday that regarding anti-terrorism, We have a lot to learn from Israel, and Israel has a lot to learn from us. These comments run contrary to the conventional wisdom in Jerusalem that holds that when it comes to fighting terrorism, Israel because of its vast and painful experience can teach the Europeans, currently facing a surge of Islamist attacks in major cities, how to effectively fight the scourge. From the EU, Faaborg-Andersen said, Israel could learn that fighting terrorism is an endeavor that requires the whole tool box of instruments. He said that one of those tools is a strong security dimension, which Israel uses effectively. But, he added, there are other aspects involved as well, including de-radicalization, working with social services, and education. There are a whole lot of other elements, he said. In Europe we have adopted a holistic approach to fighting terrorism. I think Israel could have an interest in studying our experience in holistic approaches. Asked how he felt this approach was working in Europe, he responded by speaking of the difficulties in open societies of stamping terrorism out completely. At the same time, he said, there have been successes, and the manner in which Europe is battling terrorism is better than nothing, and much better than five years ago when a wave of terrorism started to hit its cities. We have now reached the level of preparedness for countering that kind of terror better than in the past, he argued. Faaborg-Andersen said that one of the main difficulties is getting the different bureaucracies with different organizational cultures to work together and exchange information and be one step ahead of the terrorists before they strike. Some agencies, he said, may have information that could lead to thwarting information, but that information is not shared. The Danish diplomat, who will now return to work for his countrys Foreign Ministry, said that he hears that Israel is providing the Europeans with very, very important information, including on Islamic State. For the most part, he added, that information flows into the national intelligence services of individual EU countries. Ties between Israel and the EU were not only strong regarding anti-terrorism cooperation, but in other fields as well, he said, maintaining that the EUs relationship with Israel is the most developed of any relationship the union has with any non-member country in the world. The problem, he said, is that the relationship in its totality is under-exposed. Few Israelis really understand the magnitude of the relationship that we have, and also that it are so mutually beneficial to us. Instead, there is a lot of focus on things we dont agree on, which is only 15-20% of the overall relationship. According to the ambassador, it is important to get the proportion right. Europe is a friend of Israel, in spite of the problems we have. We are fundamentally very strong supporters and friends, and we have a track record to back it up. I dont want that message to be drowned out in disagreement over certain issues, like the Palestinians. Share on facebook

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Switzerland stops funds to Palestinian NGO due to terrorism connection – The Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian flag is waved at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. (photo credit:MUAMMAR AWAD/REUTERS) The Swiss foreign ministry announced that it suspended funds and support for the Ramallah-based Palestininian NGO Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat because the organization failed to slash ties to terrorism, according to a Sunday report from the paper SonntagsZeitung. Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the president of the Jerusalem-based NGO-Monitor, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday, “This is an important first step in NGO funding accountability by the Swiss Foreign Ministry, and reflects the recent legislation on this issue. In halting payment to WATC [Women Affairs Technical Committee] , the Swiss follow similar moves by Denmark and Holland. The radical Palestinian NGO is one of many funded by these countries through the Ramallah-based Human Rights Secretariat, with an annual budget of $4 million.” He added, “A number of the recipients are affiliated with the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) terror organization. Having now frozen WATC funding, the question is whether the Swiss Federal Government will seriously re-examine participation in the very problematic Secretariat mechanism, and in other frameworks that misuse tax money under the facade of human rights and peace. ” The Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat provides funds to the WATC, which named a youth center after a Palestinian terrorist. Critics of the Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat say it glorifies Palestinian terrorism. The Palestinian NGO also receives funds from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. The Swiss foreign ministry (EDA) said its internal investigation showed that the EDA did not directly funnel money to the WATC project. The payment of $36,000 for the Palestinian NGO was suspended and a definitive decision about a continued payment will be issued. A date for the decision was not cited in the Swiss media reports. Switzerland, which has hosted Hamas officials over the years, is not a member of the EU and has declined to outlaw Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist entities. Share on facebook

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