NGO ACTION NEWS
Global: Jerusalem
·    Against the background of settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, on 31 July, Peace Now reported the case of a Palestinian family facing on 9 August eviction from their home in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah’s neighbourhood for the benefit of settlers whose family had owned the property before 1948. According to the organization, the settlers regained ownership of the house on the basis of the right of return for Jewish owners of property in East Jerusalem, encapsulated in a law passed by the Knesset in 1970 which created “an unequal situation where only Jews may return to private properties lost during the 1948 war.”


·   On 23 and 27 July, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) sent letters to the Israeli Police urging to allow full freedom of movements to journalists covering events in Jerusalem following the killing of two Israeli police officers on 14 July. In a previous update, ACRI provided its 2017 East Jerusalem Facts and Figures.


·         On 25 July, Amnesty International issued a press release entitled “Israeli forces carry out violent hospital raids in ruthless display of force”.


·         On 22 July, Gush Shalom called for an “emergency demonstration” to voice concern over Israeli policies on Jerusalem.  
 
·         On 20 July, Al Haq and Al Quds University’s Community Action Center, a non-profit association that seeks to empower the Palestinian community in East Jerusalem, called on the international community to take action to ensure an end to measures amounting to collective punishment in the city (“International community must intervene to end Israel’s targeting of Jerusalem”).
 
·   On 19 July, a Commentary released by the International Crisis Group (“Palestinian Activism Reawakens in Jerusalem after Holy Esplanade Attack”) analyzed the implications of suppressing Palestinian political activity in East Jerusalem and recommended to include Palestinian leaders in arrangements to manage its holy sites.
 
·         In a joint public statement, the Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem expressed concern about the escalation of violence in Jerusalem, condemned all acts of violence and called for respect for the historic status quo governing holy sites in Jerusalem.  
 
·      A new visual on the situation in East Jerusalem (“Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from Jerusalem”) was presented on 3 July by seven Palestinian NGOs in collaboration with Visualizing Palestine, an organization which uses data, technology and design to advance social justice.
 
·    Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, posted an article analyzing developments regarding the historic Muslim Mammilla cemetery in Jerusalem (“The Case of Mammilla Cemetery: Delegitimization or Desecration?”).

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