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Israel-Palestine News Update 22nd - 28th July - Jerusalem Special.
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Purpose: to provide a varied selection of articles from Arabic, Hebrew and English mainstream media outlets so readers get a flavour of what is being read by the general public about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from different perspectives. The aim is to shine a spotlight for readers on the polarised narratives and constant one-sided messaging that appears in the media of each society, and often also in the international media. Solutions Not Sides makes no attempt to reconcile or support any of these narratives, but we believe it is important to understand each side’s perspective and the way that their society presents events if a negotiated solution is to be reached. 

We do not currently have the capacity to provide translations of actual Hebrew and Arabic media, so bear in mind that news agencies that issue articles in those languages may not produce the same content as the English versions of their outlets provided here (e.g. Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English do not simply produce the same content in both languages). The content and opinions of these articles do not reflect our aims or opinions. Our main educational point about media sources on this issue is that they are almost always biased and should never be trusted in isolation. Please BE RESOURCEFUL and research for yourself a diversity of sources for everything you read or hear about Israel-Palestine.
One Story, Many Sides: Jordan Embassy 
Al Jazeera: Deadly shooting incident at Israeli embassy in Jordan.
Two Jordanians have been killed and an Israeli wounded by gunfire in a residential building in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Jordan's capital Amman, the kingdom's Public Security Directorate said. The shooting took place on Sunday evening in a residential building used by embassy staff. Police said that the two Jordanians worked for a furniture company and entered the embassy compound to carry out repairs. Israeli media say the guard opened fire, killing the 17-year-old Jordanian. The reports say the Jordanian owner of the apartment was hit by gunfire inadvertently and later died. The Israeli was in "unstable" condition, reported news site Hala Akhbar, linked to the Jordanian military. "We have started a large-scale investigation into the incident and ordered the prosecutor general to look at all the details," the police said in a statement. Jordanian security forces were deployed in the streets around the embassy, police said. The incident comes at a time of mounting tensions between Israel and the Muslim world over metal detectors Israel installed around the al-Aqsa Mosque. [...] Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman after Friday prayers to denounce the Israeli measures at the al-Haram al-Sharif mosque compound.
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The Times of Israel: Jordan mourners chant ‘death to Israel’ after deadly embassy shooting.
Thousands of Jordanians chanted “death to Israel” as they attended the Tuesday funeral of a teenage assailant shot dead by an Israeli embassy security guard. Mohammed Jawawdeh, 17, was killed Sunday, when he attacked the guard with a screwdriver at the embassy compound. A second Jordanian was also killed, apparently by accident, and will be buried Thursday. The killings sparked a standoff between Israel and Jordan amid tensions over the Temple Mount, where Israel imposed new security measures after a deadly mid-July attack on police. Mourners set off with Jawawdeh’s coffin from Wihdat city, home to a large Palestinian refugee camp east of Amman, towards the cemetery in nearby Umm al-Hiran, where he was buried. They carried pictures of the 17-year-old along with Palestinian and Jordanian flags, and chanted “Death to Israel”. “We will go to Jerusalem as martyrs by the millions,” they chanted. Jawawdeh’s uncle, Sami, said the family is urging Jordan’s King Abdullah II to avenge his death “because he is the one who can decide in such matters”. “Mohammed’s blood did not flow in vain,” he added, saying it paved the way for Israel’s removal early Tuesday of metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount, which houses the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. 
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The New York Times: 
Two Jordanians Die in Shooting at Israeli Embassy in Amman.
Two Jordanians died from wounds inflicted during a shooting on Sunday in the compound of the heavily-guarded Israeli embassy that also wounded an Israeli, police and a security source said. Police said earlier that the two Jordanians worked for a furniture firm and entered the embassy compound before the shooting to do repairs. Police did not identify the wounded Israeli, and few other details were immediately available. Israel has imposed a ban on reporting the incident and has made no public comment. The fortress-like embassy in the affluent Rabae district of the capital Amman is protected by Jordanian gendarme. It has long been a flashpoint of anti-Israeli protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories. Violence against Israelis is rare in Jordan [...] but tensions have escalated between the two countries since Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem [...] The new security measures have triggered the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years. Jordan has called for the removal of the metal detectors and thousands of Jordanians have protested against the Israeli move in an outpouring of public anger against Israel.
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Arab News Sources
Al Arabiya English: 37 injured in clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque as Muslims enter site. 
The Palestinian Red Cross reported that 37 worshipers were injured in clashes with the Israeli forces by al Asbat and Hatta gates in al- Aqsa Mosque, reported Al Arabiya on Thursday. Palestinians ended a boycott and entered a sensitive Jerusalem holy site for the first time in two weeks Thursday after Israel removed controversial security measures there, potentially ending a crisis that sparked deadly unrest. AFP journalists saw thousands of worshippers streaming into the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, for afternoon prayers. The site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. [...] Newly installed railings and scaffolding where cameras were previously mounted were also cleared early Thursday, after which police said all new security measures had now been removed. Muslims had refused to enter the compound and prayed in the streets outside after Israel installed the new security measures. Palestinians viewed the move as Israel asserting further control.
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Ma'an News Agency: Amid Al-Aqsa crisis, bill preventing division of Jerusalem passes first Knesset reading. 
As Palestinians celebrated the removal of Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a bill seeking to prevent the division of Jerusalem under a possible future two-state solution passed its first reading in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, on Wednesday night. The bill, which would require that two-thirds of Israel’s 120 parliamentarians approve any decision to cede Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem, passed the reading with 51 votes in favor and 42 against, according to a statement released by the Knesset on Thursday. Bills need to pass three readings in the Knesset before they become law. The bill, titled "Basic Law: Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel" -- also known as the “United Jerusalem” bill -- stands as a suggested amendment to the Basic Law, Israel’s equivalent of a constitution. The proposed legislation would make it significantly harder to reach any potential agreement on a two-state solution, as negotiations have so far all proposed the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel with East Jerusalem as its capital.
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Palestine News Network: Netanyahu vows to expel Arabic news station Al-Jazeera due to Al-Aqsa crisis. 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to expel Arabic news station Al-Jazeera from Israel, claiming the network is “inciting” violence, the Independent reports. Al Jazeera, which has long been accused of being bias against Israel, has alongside other media been covering the al-Aqsa crisis the past couple of weeks. “The Al-Jazeera network continues to incite violence around the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu wrote in Hebrew in a Facebook post. He further added “I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several times to close the Al-Jazeera office in Jerusalem. If this does not happen because of legal reasons, I will work to legislate the laws required to remove Al Jazeera from Israel.” Al-Jazeera has in the past been faced with government censure in neighboring Egypt when in 2014, the Arab state jailed three al-Jazeera journalists for seven years and closed the network’s offices. Two have been released but a third remains in prison.
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Hebrew News Sources
Arutz Sheva: Bennet: expect an increase in violence.
Education Minister and Security Cabinet member Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) on Thursday slammed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for removing the magnetometers and security devices from the Temple Mount. "This is a very painful and upsetting morning," Bennett told Israel's Army Radio. "Israel has come out of this crisis considerably weakened. Instead of strengthening our sovereignty in Jerusalem, we sent a message that our sovereignty can be appealed - not just on the Temple Mount, but in other areas as well." [...] "I expect to see an increase in violence in the next few weeks. We live in the toughest neighborhood in the world. When they smell weakness, they hold their heads high. We need to take all plans for helping Palestinians and giving them 'carrots' off the table, and put in their place plans for operations which will end terror." [...] On Tuesday, Israel's Supreme Court ordered the bodies of the Temple Mount terrorists returned to their families within 30 hours - despite the fact that Hamas still holds captive the bodies of two IDF soldiers who fell during 2014's Operation Protective Edge.
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Haaretz: Did Adelson Just Dump Netanyahu? This Unprecedented Headline Speaks Volumes.
The front-page headline of Israel Hayom, the paper owned by U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson, strongly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning over his handling of the Temple Mount crisis, dubbing the matter "Netanyahu's demonstration of helplessness." [...] Up until now, the newspaper has ostentatiously and unwaveringly supported the prime minister. When Netanyahu is criticized, from either side of the political spectrum, Israel Hayom tends to place the premier's position in the main headline and include commentaries that defend him. However, the accompanying analysis in Wednesday's paper by political reporter Mati Tuchfeld, who has defended the prime minister in the past, changes tack. [...] Adelson, the owner of the Las Vegas Sands casino and the largest donor to U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign, has historically been supportive of Netanyahu. 
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Jerusalem Post: Dozens injured as Palestinians return to Temple Mount
The Red Crescent reported that 27 people were injured on Thursday as thousands of Palestinians returned to the Temple Mount after nearly two weeks' absence from the holy site. According to the reports, injuries sustained have been caused by tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades. Thousands of Palestinian worshipers crowded onto the Temple Mount to pray at the al-Aksa mosque to celebrate the removal of all security measures installed at the site since two Israeli policeman were murdered there by three Arab-Israeli men two weeks ago. There was however a dispute among the worshipers whether or not to enter since one of the gates to the compound, which was used to smuggle in the weapons to murder the policeman, remained closed. It appears that this entrance too was opened and many thousands of worshipers entered the site for the afternoon prayers. Earlier on Thursday, the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein announced that Muslims could return to pray at the holy place [...] PLO executive committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf told The Jerusalem Post that the lifting of the Israeli measures is "a great achievement for the defenders of al-Aksa and for the Palestinian people against all the efforts to solidify the occupation against blessed al-Aksa mosque." 
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International News Sources
The JC: Momentum distances itself from Haringey Antisemitism protest.
Momentum says it has not received any complaints about its members being involved in a protest against a council’s adoption of a definition of antisemitism. The pro-Jeremy Corbyn hard-left activism group said it would be willing to investigate and take action if necessary. Labour councillors in Haringey were shouted down by protesters as they voted to support a nation to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of Jew-hatred at a meeting on Monday evening. The definition was recognised by the government last year and is now widely used in the public sector. A Momentum spokesman told the JC: “Momentum opposes antisemitism in all its forms. [...] Prior to Monday’s session, Haringey Momentum had encouraged members to attend and oppose the IHRA definition. The group said it was working with Haringey Justice for Palestinians to oppose the “proposed adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance guidelines on antisemitism. “Some of the guidelines equate legitimate criticisms of the Israeli state with hatred towards Jews and therefore have the effect of suppressing support for the national rights of Palestinians."
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Reuters: Muslim elders urge return to prayer as Israel backs down over Al-Aqsa.
Muslim elders urged worshippers to return to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel backed down in the face of 10 days of often-violent protests and removed all security measures it had installed at the site. Israel's decision marks a significant climbdown by Benjamin Netanyahu's government and comes after days of diplomatic effort by the United Nations, the involvement of President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy and pressure from countries in the region including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. [...] Most Muslims have refused to enter the compound for the past two weeks, instead praying in the streets around the Old City. But Muslim elders declared themselves satisfied that Israeli authorities had reverted to how security was before July 14. "The technical report showed that all obstacles the occupation (Israel) put outside Al-Aqsa mosque were removed," said Abdel-Azeem Salhab, the head of the Waqf, the Jordanian-funded trust that oversees Jerusalem's Muslim holy sites."We praise this stand in the past two weeks outside Al-Aqsa and we want this stand to continue outside Al-Aqsa and now inside Al-Aqsa," he said, urging worshippers to return to pray.
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BBC News: EU court keeps Hamas on terror blacklist. 
The Court of Justice (ECJ) overturned a General Court ruling, which had said there was not enough evidence to keep travel bans and asset freezes on Hamas. The lower court had said in 2014 the listing was based on media reports, not decisions by "competent authorities". But the ECJ said such decisions were not needed to keep groups on the list. In Wednesday's ruling, the Luxembourg-based ECJ said decisions by the competent authorities were only required for the initial listing of groups or individuals. It said its verdict reaffirmed that the EU "may maintain a person or an entity on the list if it concludes that there is an ongoing risk of that person or entity being involved in the terrorist activities which justified their initial listing". The ECJ added it was referring the case back to the General Court to examine the facts and arguments it did not consider in 2014.
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Israel Hayom: The metal detectors debacle: Netanyahu's feeble response
The problem did not start with Israel's feeble removal of metal detectors from the gates to the Temple Mount compound. The problem started days earlier, with the ill-advised installation of the metal detectors in the first place. The Israeli response to the July 14 terrorist attack at the Temple Mount, in which two Israeli police officers were murdered, was so hasty and confused that there was never any doubt that even the slightest pushback from the Arabs and the Waqf would lead to Israeli capitulation in the end. After all, ever since 1967, Israel's conduct regarding the Temple Mount has been like that of a leaf in the wind. Benjamin Netanyahu is not the first prime minister to display utter Israeli helplessness in the face of powerful Islamic groups that control the holy site with an iron fist. [...] But unlike the acts of previous prime ministers, the move Netanyahu led this week went directly against his own political base. 
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Al Jazeera: Al-Aqsa: One encroachment too many?
The metal detectors at the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound were no more than the latest hurdle on a long and bumpy road. [...] But this was not the first such hurdle, and it was not merely about airport-style machines either. I am long enough in the tooth to remember the Six-Day War of 1967 when Israeli Jews exclaimed triumphantly that they would finally pray at the Temple Mount. Since those days, this walled territory of 35 acres (or 144 dunams) that is known interchangeably as the Noble Sanctuary (al-Haram al-Sharif) or al-Aqsa compound, has been the scene of many ugly events and challenging standoffs. [...]In fact, what Israel has been doing over many long years is pursuing its political aims of encroaching on Palestinian lands through religious prisms. It is simple: appropriate the lands on the basis of a political ideology and then claim that they are being taken for religious purposes. In fact, Israel has mooted a similar concept of sharing this Noble Sanctuary by Jews and Muslims.
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