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By Richard Boudreaux and Richard Boudreaux,Los Angeles Times | February 13, 2008
JERUSALEM -- Israel unveiled plans yesterday to build 1,120 apartments for Jews in East Jerusalem, a move the Palestinians called a new setback for U.S.-backed peace negotiations. The announcement by Housing Minister Zeev Boim appeared to be aimed at placating the Shas religious party, which had vowed to quit the coalition government if it conceded anything to the Palestinians on Jerusalem. Shas had criticized a government freeze on approval of new Jewish housing projects in territory claimed by the Palestinians.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Baltimore native who allegedly was beaten by Israeli police in East Jerusalem this month, has returned home. Abu Khdeir, who now lives in Florida, arrived at Tampa International Airport late Wednesday to cheers from family and friends. He told reporters he felt good; the bruises on his face that led the State Department to express shock and Israeli authorities to launch an investigation had faded significantly. Abu Khdeir, who lived his first dozen years in Baltimore and still has many relatives in Maryland, called the incident "the scariest thing that has happened to me. " He told reporters he believes his story attracted attention only because he is a U.S. citizen.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | August 11, 2001
JERUSALEM - In a battle over a building symbolic of Palestinian political aspirations in East Jerusalem, Israeli police clashed yesterday with demonstrators outside the compound known as Orient House after Israeli authorities seized it and for a few hours flew the Israeli flag there. Israeli officials said the raid was in response to Thursday's suicide bombing at a restaurant in Jerusalem that killed at least 15 people and injured more than 100, but the seizure also marked Israel's effort to reassert control in East Jerusalem.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Monday with the teenager who allegedly was beaten by Israeli police last week, and Jewish leaders in Baltimore condemned the alleged abduction and killing of his cousin by several Israelis. In Israel, meanwhile, Hamas stepped up rocket fire at southern towns, and the government called up reserve troops in anticipation of a possible escalation of hostilities with the Islamist group that dominates the Gaza Strip. Relatives of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a Baltimore native who is visiting family in Israel with his parents and two younger sisters, say he was watching a protest leading up to the funeral of his cousin in East Jerusalem last Thursday when he was detained by Israeli police.
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By Joel Greenberg and Joel Greenberg,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 14, 2004
JERUSALEM - Israeli police shut down six Palestinian voter registration offices in Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem yesterday in the latest round of the struggle for this contested city. The offices were opened this month at the start of a five-week voter registration drive launched by the Palestinians as a step toward future elections in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The first scheduled elections, for municipal councils, will begin in December and continue in four phases through 2005.
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By KEN ELLINGWOOD and KEN ELLINGWOOD,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 22, 2005
JERUSALEM -- Israeli officials threatened yesterday to prohibit balloting in East Jerusalem during Palestinian parliamentary elections, a move that Palestinian leaders warned could imperil the Jan. 25 vote and lead to civil unrest. The officials said voting would probably not be allowed in Arab neighborhoods that have taken part in previous Palestinian balloting if candidates from the Islamic group Hamas compete. Hamas, whose military wing has carried out dozens of suicide bombings and other attacks against Israel during five years of conflict, is running for seats in the Palestinian parliament for the first time.
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August 17, 2012
Commentator Robert Pines could not have been more wrong in his statement that East Jerusalem was "annexed" by Israel in 1967 ("U.S. must recognize Israel's capital," Aug. 15). The facts are that Israel started a war in 1967 in order to steal Palestinian lands in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The U.S. should demand a just Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the new Palestinian state. It is time for the U.S. to end all financial, military and political aid to Israel and become an honest broker for peace in the Middle East.
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By New York Times News Service | August 11, 2007
JERUSALEM -- Israel is constructing a road through the West Bank, east of Jerusalem, that will allow both Israelis and Palestinians to travel along it - separately. There are two pairs of lanes, one for each group of people, separated by a tall wall of concrete patterned to look like Jerusalem stones, a beautification effort indicating that the road is meant to be permanent. The Israeli side has many exits; the Palestinian side has few. The point of the road, according to those who planned it under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, is to permit Israel to build more settlements around East Jerusalem, cutting the city off from the West Bank, but allowing Palestinians to travel unimpeded north and south through Israeli-held land.
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By New York Times News Service | April 8, 1993
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to persuade the Palestinians to resume the Middle East peace talks, the Clinton administration has suggested to Israel that it accept a prominent Palestinian leader from East Jerusalem as head of the Palestinian delegation, U.S. officials said yesterday.But a senior administration official said that the proposal, as well as others currently under discussion, would be carried out only if the Palestinians agreed in advance and in public to attend the talks, which are scheduled to resume in Washington on April 20.The request is seen as a way to offer the Palestinians an incentive that is not related to the issue of the 400 Palestinians from the occupied territories who were deported by Israel to Lebanon last December.
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By LAURA KING | January 16, 2006
JERUSALEM -- Israel's Cabinet agreed yesterday to allow a limited number of Palestinians to cast ballots in East Jerusalem, moving to defuse a situation that had threatened to delay Palestinian parliamentary elections Jan. 25. But Israeli authorities insisted that the names of candidates from the Palestinian militant group Hamas would not be allowed on the ballot in East Jerusalem and detained three Hamas candidates on suspicion of campaigning illegally in...
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June 4, 2014
The article, "Netanyahu: Don't sign off on new Palestinian government" (June 2), describes disingenuous remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemning the formation of a Palestinian unity government combining Fatah and Hamas factions. In fact, Israel has twice negotiated with Hamas, once in 2008 for a cease fire in Gaza (which Israel violated) and then to free a captured Israeli soldier. Mr. Netanyahu continues to make any excuse in order to avoid a two state peace settlement with the Palestinians.
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December 14, 2013
A recent article about the Arab-Israeli peace process could not be further from the truth when it talked about the "continued commitment of both [Israeli and Palestinian] leaders" ("Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian talks 'closer than we have been in years,'" Dec.7). In fact, the talks are a farce because Israel doesn't want a peace settlement with the Palestinians - today or ever. All Israel wants is to continue stealing more Palestinian land until there is nothing left. Unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its powerful lobby, so nothing will change.
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June 17, 2013
Reader Nelson Marans' recent letter about President Obama's foreign policy contains numerous misstatements ("Ehrlich is right; Obama's foreign policy a shambles," June 12). First, the Egyptian people overthrew a corrupt and incompetent government. The U.S. had nothing to do with it. Second, Syria is involved in a civil war that has nothing to do with the U.S. We are correct to stay out of it. Third, there is no evidence that Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests, has either nuclear weapons or a weapons program.
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By Robert O. Freedman | February 11, 2013
As President Barack Obama begins his second term, he faces a series of Middle East challenges far more daunting than when he began his presidency in 2009. These problems include: •what to do about the Arab-Israeli conflict, with peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority still frozen; •whether to intervene in the civil war in Syria, which has now claimed more than 60,000 lives, with the opposition to the Assad regime becoming more Islamist; •how to manage relations with an increasingly Islamist regime in Egypt in such a way that the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty is not endangered; •how to handle an Iraq on the verge of multiple civil wars, one between the Arabs and the Kurds and the other between Sunnis and Shiites; •how to deal with al-Qaida activity in both Yemen and North Africa (Mali and Algeria)
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August 17, 2012
Commentator Robert Pines could not have been more wrong in his statement that East Jerusalem was "annexed" by Israel in 1967 ("U.S. must recognize Israel's capital," Aug. 15). The facts are that Israel started a war in 1967 in order to steal Palestinian lands in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The U.S. should demand a just Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the new Palestinian state. It is time for the U.S. to end all financial, military and political aid to Israel and become an honest broker for peace in the Middle East.
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July 30, 2012
The article, "Jewish population hits new high in West Bank," (July 27) states that 350,000 Jewish settlers now occupy the West Bank, as well as nearly 300,000 in the occupied East Jerusalem. Israel is in violation of international law, the 4th Geneva Convention and the U.N. resolution 242, and it is condemned around the world for its brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians. In addition, Israel continues to maintain a strangulation blockade on the civilian population of Gaza, causing the Vatican to accuse Israel of turning Gaza into "a giant prison camp.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 25, 1998
JERUSALEM -- Thousands of Israeli soldiers marched through Jerusalem yesterday on the anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem in 1967 and Israel's jubilee year with the largest military parade in more than 20 years.The annual Jerusalem Day march, expanded for the 50th anniversary of Israel, included jeep formations and a flyover by air force planes. It was a throwback to army parades in the years following the victory in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.Palestinians called the march a provocation, and critics on the Israeli left said it was a needless nationalist display.
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July 30, 2012
The article, "Jewish population hits new high in West Bank," (July 27) states that 350,000 Jewish settlers now occupy the West Bank, as well as nearly 300,000 in the occupied East Jerusalem. Israel is in violation of international law, the 4th Geneva Convention and the U.N. resolution 242, and it is condemned around the world for its brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians. In addition, Israel continues to maintain a strangulation blockade on the civilian population of Gaza, causing the Vatican to accuse Israel of turning Gaza into "a giant prison camp.
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March 26, 2011
The recent letter regarding violence in the Middle East ("Atrocity committed against Israeli family gets no coverage," March 25) could not be further from the truth. In fact, the pro-Israel mainstream media routinely acts as a propaganda arm for Israel, always referring to Israeli murders of Palestinians as "self-defense" while describing Palestinian murders as "terrorist acts. " When Israel invaded Gaza in 2009 and murdered 1,400 Palestinians, a majority of whom were civilians, including over 300 children, compared to 13 Israelis killed, the media called these murders justified, even though the UN Goldstone Report accused Israel of "...committing war crimes and state terrorism against the civilian population of Gaza.
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March 26, 2010
The letter "Obama's no honest broker on Israel " (March 25) is factually incorrect when it states that "East Jerusalem is within Israel's borders." In fact, the entire international community recognizes that Israel is illegally occupying both the West Bank and East Jerusalem and is clearly violating the Geneva Conventions and dozens of U.N. resolutions. The writer asks how our president can be an honest broker in the Middle East, and the obvious answer is that for the past four decades, the U.S. has been a lackey for Israel and its powerful lobby.
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