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Israel poised to build thousands of new settler homes in east Jerusalem

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Despite rejecting a plan to build 800 new settler homes, local authorities in Jerusalem are set to back a plan to build 2,600 homes in the city’s Arab neighbourhood of Beit Safafa . ¬†According to peace watchdog Peace Now, Jerusalem’s local municipal committee “will approve Givat Hamatos A” on Wednesday. The housing plan may turn [...]

Archaelogists dig 2,700 year old ancient Bethlehem seal

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JERUSALEM (AP) – The Israel Antiquities Authority says archeologists digging at a Jerusalem site have found the oldest artifact that bears the inscription of Bethlehem, a 2,700 years old seal with the name of Jesus’ traditional birthplace. Eli Shukron, the authority’s director of excavations, says this is the first time the city’s name has appeared [...]

Palm Sunday celebrations begin in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM – Hundreds of Christian pilgrims marked Palm Sunday in the Holy Land on Sunday, holding masses and processions retracing Jesus’ triumphant return to Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem, where he was greeted by cheering crowds bearing palm fronds, according to the Bible. The day’s events began with a mass [...]

Jerusalem. Israel police clash with Palestinians

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JERUSALEM – Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said clashes erupted when hundreds of Palestinians exiting Friday prayers threw rocks at police officers stationed nearby. He said officers deployed non-lethal riot control gear. Police arrested four Palestinians and 11 officers were lightly hurt. A Palestinian official said dozens were treated for tear gas inhalation. The site [...]

Hamas lawmakers arrested

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JERUSALEM – Israeli police arrested two Hamas lawmakers inside a Red Cross compound in Jerusalem. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the men were wanted for “Hamas activities.” He would not elaborate. K haled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah sought refuge in the compound more than a year ago to escape Israeli arrest. Police nabbed them [...]

Jerusalem: New center planned at sensitive site

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JERUSALEM – A hard-line Israeli group is launching plans for a new tourist center at the site of a politically sensitive archaeological dig in a largely Arab neighborhood outside Jerusalem’s Old City. The group, the Elad Foundation, says the new center and parking garage will be built above part of the excavation area known as [...]

Ancient seal found in Jerusalem linked to ritual

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JERUSALEM – A rare clay seal found under Jerusalem’s Old City appears to be linked to religious rituals practiced at the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago, Israeli archaeologists said Sunday. The coin-sized seal found near the Jewish holy site at the Western Wall bears two Aramaic words meaning “pure for God.” Archaeologist Ronny Reich of [...]

Israel reopens contested ramp, easing spat

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JERUSALEM – Israel on Wednesday reopened a temporary walkway leading to Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, just two days after closing it, defusing a diplomatic spat that had turned the rickety wooden ramp into a political and religious flashpoint. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the organization in charge of the ramp and the adjacent Jewish [...]

Israel: footbridge to holy site reopened to avoid Arab World friction

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JERUSALEM – Israeli police say a footbridge to a disputed Jerusalem holy site has been reopened, reducing the risk of a potential outbreak of unrest. The walkway’s closure earlier this week was to have been a prelude to its demolition. Jerusalem municipal authorities say it was a fire hazard and structurally unsound. But any Israeli [...]

Carvings at Jerusalem site baffle archaeologists

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JERUSALEM – Mysterious stone carvings made thousands of years ago and recently uncovered in an excavation underneath Jerusalem have archaeologists stumped. Israeli diggers who uncovered a complex of rooms carved into the bedrock in the oldest section of the city recently found the markings: Three “V” shapes cut next to each other into the limestone [...]