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Summing Up The Week…

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“Shalechet”, fallen leaves, a work in progress since 1997 by Menashe Kadishman on display at The Tel Aviv Museum of Art on ‘Art Weekend’, launching Tel Aviv’s ‘Art Year’ with major art projects artistically flourishing the city. Tel-Aviv, Israel. 22-Mar-2012.

Jezebel IV by Jonathan Hirschfeld on display at RAWart Gallery on ‘Art Weekend’, launching Tel Aviv’s ‘Art Year’ with major art projects artistically flourishing the city. Tel-Aviv, Israel. 22-Mar-2012.

The Ramatayim Men’s Choir, conducted by Richard Shavel Tzion, in Rainbow Of Music presented by the Jerusalem Performing Arts Festival and the Malki Foundation in memory of Malki Roth, murdered in August 2001. Jerusalem, Israel. 25-Mar-2012.

Tenor Guy Mannheim performs in Rainbow Of Music presented by the Jerusalem Performing Arts Festival and the Malki Foundation in memory of Malki Roth, murdered in August 2001. Jerusalem, Israel. 25-Mar-2012.

Ten years to the Park Hotel massacre OneFamily Organization leads a memorial ceremony for families of victims of deadliest terror attack in Second Intifada that claimed 30 lives and injured 140 on Passover Eve. Netanya, Israel. 27-Mar-2012.

Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger takes part in a memorial ceremony for families of victims of deadliest terror attack in Second Intifada that claimed 30 lives and injured 140 on Passover Eve 2002. Netanya, Israel. 27-Mar-2012.

South African born, Reverend David M. Neuhaus SJ, serves as the Latin Patriarchal Vicar of the Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel. Father Neuhaus, born Jewish to refugees of Nazi Germany, speaks of the Christian community in Israel. Jerusalem, Israel. 28-Mar-2012.

Father Juan Maria Solana LC, charge of the Holy See at Notre Dame in Jerusalem, pictured on the roof of Notre Dame overlooking the Old City, is the visionary behind an ambitious project erecting the Magdala Center in the Galilee. Jerusalem, Israel. 28-Mar-2012.

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Women Sing “No!” to Discrimination

Infuriated activists protest with song in front of Rehavia neighborhood restaurant, Heimishe Esin, threatened by ultra-Orthodox Agudath Israel to invalidate its Kashrut certificate unless it stops employing female waitresses on Thursday evenings. Jerusalem, Israel. 15-Mar-2012.

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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic Visits the Knesset – Jerusalem

Prof. Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia, is lead by House Speaker Reuven Rivlin, as a guest of the Knesset. A reception ceremony was followed by an invitation to address the Knesset Plenum. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th February 2012.

Prof. Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia, is lead by House Speaker Reuven Rivlin, as a guest of the Knesset. A reception ceremony was followed by an invitation to address the Knesset Plenum. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th February 2012.

Croatian flags fly alongside Israeli flags at a reception ceremony welcoming Prof. Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia, as a guest of the Knesset. The President later addressed the plenum. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th February 2012.

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Threat Closes Temple Mount to Non-Muslims – Jerusalem

Jerusalem District Police Commander, Niso Shacham, instructs closure of the Temple Mount to non-Muslims following publication saying “Purify the Temple Mount of land-stealing enemies of Israel”. Jerusalem, Israel. 12th February 2012.

In an effort to prevent an outbreak of riots, Jerusalem District Police Commander, Niso Shacham, instructed the closure of the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa compound to Jews and tourists this morning. Fliers discovered called supporters to “purify the Temple Mount of land-stealing enemies of Israel”, allegedly signed by far-right Likud member Moshe Feiglin. Feiglin denies any connection to the publication. The Al-Aqsa compound remains open to Muslim worshippers.

Riot Police reinforced in numbers on hand to maintain order near the Mugrabi Bridge as Jerusalem District Police Commander, Niso Shacham, instructs closure of the Temple Mount to non-Muslims. Jerusalem, Israel. 12th February 2012.

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Solemn Mock Funeral Procession For Yohanes Berko – Jerusalem

Activists conduct a solemn mock funeral procession for deceased homeless Yohanes Berko who froze during the night of January 21st in Tel-Aviv, holding candles in front of PM Netanyahu’s official residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 4th February 2012.

Three months after the liquidation of an improvised tent compound for homeless in Tel-Aviv, street resident Yohanes Berko froze to death on a public bench in Levinski Park during the night of January 21st. A solemn mock funeral procession is conducted from PM Netanyahu’s private residence on Aza Street to the official Prime Minister’s Residence pointing a finger at Netanyahu for personal responsibility for his death and for the dire fate of other homeless people. Hamaabara – The Transit Camp, The Jerusalem Campaign for Housing Rights, claims 46 street residents found a similar death in 2011.

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Unbiased Affordable Housing Demanded in Jerusalem

A poster on a tree opposite the Knesset building portrays Housing Minister Ariel Atias as a Dutch woman claiming costs for housing in The Netherlands do not exceed 30% of household income. Jerusalem, Israel. 31st January 2012.

Knesset Member Nitzan Horowitz (L), of the New Movement – Meretz, joins protestors outside the Knesset to show solidarity with their struggle against proposal by Housing Minister Ariel Atias (Shas). Jerusalem, Israel. 31st January 2012.

Protest opposite Knesset as Economic Affairs Committee discusses proposal by Housing Minister Ariel Atias (Shas). “Government is lathering us with soap” targets proposal that will allegedly benefit Haredi sector. Jerusalem, Israel. 31st January 2012.

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Ethiopians March for Equality – Jerusalem

Thousands of Ethiopians and supporters join Mulet Hararo, who set out on a 70Km 3-day trek to Jerusalem from his home in Kiryat Malachi, at the Wohl Rose Garden opposite the Knesset protesting racism. Jerusalem, Israel. 18th January 2012.

Mulet Hararo, 26, an IDF officer and physical education student, who just finished a 70Km 3-day trek to Jerusalem from his home in Kiryat Malachi is joined by thousands of Ethiopians protesting discrimination. Jerusalem, Israel. 18th January 2012.

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Haredim Attempt to Ignite Jerusalem

Police break up rioting by hundreds of Haredim in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat following the arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot and set dumpsters ablaze in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Police break up rioting by hundreds of Haredim in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat following the arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim nearHundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Haredim riot in the neighborhood of Mea Shearim near Kikar Hashabbat protesting arrest of six community members this morning for alleged tax offenses worth millions. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th January 2012.

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“Revenge” Price-Tag Arson in Bet Tzafafa – Jerusalem

Yusuf stands by his torched car, somewhat in awe at the results of an alleged, extremist-Jewish, arson attack in Bet Tzafafa. Attackers left the Hebrew word "revenge" painted in red. . Jerusalem, Israel. 4th January 2012.

Extremist Jews allegedly burn two Palestinian-owned vehicles in the Arab village of Beit Safafa leaving the Hebrew word “revenge” painted in red. Jerusalem, Israel. 4th January 2012.

A memorial for nineteen Jewish victims of a terror attack that took place June 18th 2002 stands across the road from the scene of an alleged extremist-Jewish arson attack in Bet-Tzafafa. Jerusalem, Israel. 4th January 2012.

Just across the road from the scene of the crime stands a memorial for nineteen Jewish victims of a terror attack, mostly children on their way to school, that took place June 18th 2002 when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus in the peak morning rush hours injuring an additional seventy-four.

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City Engineer closes the Mugrabi Ramp – Jerusalem

Tourists are unable to visit the Temple mount as City Engineer orders immediate closure of Mugrabi Ramp due to public safety threat, totally blocking access to all non-Muslims to Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa. Jerusalem, Israel. 13th December 2011.

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1771 Days

Gilad Shalit

"No leadership. No mutual responsibility. No state"

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1,730 Days

Shalit family protest tent - 1,730 Days of captivity for Gilad Shalit in Gaza. Jerusalem, Israel. 21/03/2011.

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Int’l Women’s Day

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Parade of Flags Through Streets of Jaffa

Parliament Member Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud Leumi Party) and extreme right-wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel lead a Parade of Flags through the mixed city of Jaffa calling for a Jewish Jaffa. Jaffa, Israel. 02/03/2011.

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Gilad Shalit Belongs To Us All!

A rally marking 1,700 days of captivity was held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM’s residence in Jerusalem. Supporters call upon PM Benyamin Netanyahu to negotiate a prisoner swap with Hammas for the release of Shalit. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

Shalit family at a rally marking 1,700 days of captivity held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM's residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

Gilad Shalit (born 28 August 1986) is an Israeli soldier abducted by Palestinian militants in a cross border raid near the Gaza Strip on 25 June 2006 and is being held hostage by Hammas ever since.

Supporter carries sign stating "Gilad Shalit belongs to us all" at a rally marking 1,700 days of captivity held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM's residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

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Second Gas Price Hike Convoy From Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem

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In the battle against rising fuel prices a second convoy is staged from Tel-Aviv to the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem. Sixty percent of fuel prices in Israel are tax. Jerusalem, Israel. 24/01/2011

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Smile

Jerusalem gay pride "March For Equality" reaches the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, exactly one year after the massacre in the Bar Noar gay youth club in Tel-Aviv. Jerusalem, Israel. 29/07/2010.

Jerusalem gay pride “March For Equality” reaches the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, exactly one year after the massacre in the Bar Noar gay youth club in Tel-Aviv. This year’s parade was very conservative in comparison to previous years, sounding a quiet and solemn political message and commemorating Nir Katz and Liz Trobishi, victims of gunshots on August 1st, 2009.

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Anyone remember Pollard?

Activists mark 9,000 days of imprisonment for Jonathan Pollard setting up a picket tent under the Calatrava Chords Bridge in Jerusalem. They plan on protesting for three days.

Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American born in 1954, was a civilian intelligence analyst. He was convicted of spying for Israel and received a life sentence in 1987. Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995 but denied that he was an Israeli spy. In 1998 Benjamin Netanyahu admitted Pollard had been an Israeli agent.

Pollard’s wife, Anne, was sentenced to five years in prison and paroled after three and a half years because of health problems. At the end of Anne’s parole she immigrated to Israel. Jonathan divorced Anne and later married Elaine Esther, an activist for his release.

Over the years activists and Israeli politicians have lobbied for Pollard’s release. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has in the past voiced very strong support for Pollard, visiting the convict in prison in 2002. Pro-Pollard activists are now trying to ride the wave of the Gilad Shalit campaign and to tie the two together. They voice anger at the fact that the PM, in his recent U.S. visit and talks with Pres. Obama, only had Gilad Shalit on his agenda, not even mentioning Jonathan Pollard.

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Visiting Sheikh Jarrah Once Again

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The High Court of Justice on Thursday (2010-03-04) criticized the Israel Police for banning a demonstration planned by left–wing activists in Sheikh Jarrah. The hearing was petitioned by residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood asking the court to allow the Saturday night protest against the eviction of Arab families from homes in the neighborhood. Judges were surprised why the police had not made every effort to find a fitting time and location for the demonstration, asking rhetorically, “Are we in the year 1980?”. The hearing was interrupted when Judge Dorit Beinisch suggested both sides negotiate to find a solution. She also asked that Jerusalem police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco personally attend the afternoon hearing to represent the police.
Finally, Beinisch ordered police to allow the protest to take place, as well as a small group of activists to enter the area near the occupied homes in the neighborhood. “Reality is tough but it is the police forces’ duty to overcome its’ obstacles,” Supreme Court President Justice Dorit Beinisch reportedly said.
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Beyond expectations, thousands showed up for what was to be a very colorful rally. Flags of all colors were displayed although the most dominant were red, with the communist hammer and sickle. There was also significant controversy among the speakers on stage and in the crowd below. While Jewish speakers hailed the joint effort of Palestinians and Israelis and declared the rebirth of the Israeli political left aiming to strengthen democracy and to bring a two-state solution, most Arab speakers only had one state in mind – an Arab Palestine state from sea to sea (Mediterranean to Dead Sea).
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just words of wisdom;

Published: February 4, 2009
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now broken into so many different pieces it may take a whole State Department of its own to resolve it.
Don’t Try This at Home
if it wasn’t so sad it could be funny!

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