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Police clash with protesters at Jerusalem Al-Aqsa mosque

Israeli police early Tuesday entered the sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian protesters, a police spokesman said. Police used stun grenades to disperse the Palestinians, Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, adding that there was "high tension" ahead of discussions expected in the Israeli parliament later Tuesday of a plan to annex the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount. He added that stones thrown by the Palestinians injured two policemen while three protesters were arrested.

Israel okays plans for over 550 E. Jerusalem settler homes

Israel on Wednesday pushed forward with plans to build more than 550 new homes in settlement neighbourhoods of annexed east Jerusalem, the city council said. In a statement listing "building permits that were approved" during a session of the local planning committee, it said permits were granted to private contractors to build 386 units in Har Homa, 136 units in Neve Yaakov and 36 units in Pisgat Zeev. hmw/hc

Israel razes four Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem

Israeli authorities on Monday demolished four Palestinian homes in annexed east Jerusalem that had been built without construction permits, police and residents said. A total of 20 people lived in the four buildings, two of them located in the Issawiya neighbourhood and two in Beit Hanina, occupants told AFP. They had been served demolition orders because they did not have the necessary construction permits, police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. She added the demolitions went ahead without incident.

Israel plans 261 settler homes deep in West Bank

Israel on Wednesday moved forward with plans for 261 new homes in two settlements located deep in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now settlement watchdog said. It was the fifth such move in just over two weeks and raised to 2,791 the number of new settler homes announced since the start of the year, threatening to derail faltering US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians. The new plans include 256 housing units in Nofei Prat settlement, between east Jerusalem and Jericho, and another five in the sprawling Ariel settlement in the north, the group said.

Palestinian prayers, Israeli police clash in old city of Jerusalem

Palestinian prayers, Israeli police clash in old city of Jerusalem RAMALLAH, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Israeli police forces and Palestinian prayers clashed Friday in the compound of al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city of Jerusalem, Israeli and Palestinian sources confirmed. The clashes broke out after the prayers organized a rally to condemn the Israeli measures in the city, the Palestinian sources told Xinhua. The Israeli police locked the gates of the mosque and fired tear gas canisters at the prayers. Dozens of the prayers suffered suffocation, according to the source.

Israel has initial plans for 24,000 more settler homes

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is making plans to build nearly 24,000 more settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an anti-settlement group said on Tuesday, questioning the government's commitment to peace talks with the Palestinians. Peace Now, which monitors settlement activity on occupied land Palestinians seek for a state, said the Housing Ministry had issued tenders late last month for drawing up construction plans, but that no building work was imminent.

Israel eyes another 3,360 settler homes

Israel is planning to move ahead with another 3,360 new settler homes in the West Bank, Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday, quoting an MP from the ruling rightwing Likud party. Prime Minister Benjamin "Netanyahu's government will begin advancing a series of construction plans in east Jerusalem and the West Bank to the tune of some 5,000 new housing units, in an effort to 'offset' the release of Palestinian prisoners earlier this week," the paper said.

Israel arrests Palestinians during Jerusalem violence

Israeli police arrested nine Palestinians and tried to disperse stone-throwing youths outside Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, a spokeswoman said. Palestinians threw stones at policemen at Damascus Gate in Arab east Jerusalem, lightly injuring one, in ongoing small-scale clashes that followed Friday prayers, Luba Samri said in a statement. Outside the southern walls of the Old City, near the Al-Aqsa mosque, Palestinian youths burned tyres and pelted police with stones, Samri added.

Palestinian family driven from 'tin hut' into cave

When Israeli bulldozers knocked down their home, Khaled Zir al-Husseini and his family had to find a new roof over their heads, so they moved just down the hill and into a cave. The stench of garbage fills their cramped new dwelling, as debris from fragments of their demolished home, just above, fall down the side of the hill and onto the main road in east Jerusalem's Silwan neighbourhood.

Israel to invite bids to build 1,000 settler homes

Israel said Sunday it would issue tenders for 1,000 new settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and Palestinians called this proof Israel is "not serious" about peace talks. "Tenders will be published" later in the day for 793 units to be built in annexed east Jerusalem and 394 elsewhere in the West Bank, the housing ministry said in a statement, three days ahead of a new round of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.
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