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Did the US denounce new Arab housing in Jerusalem?

elderofziyon:

Times of Israel  reports:

Using uncharacteristically harsh language, Washington officials launched a coordinated attack on Israeli plans to push forward new housing in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, saying the move would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

The nearly identical comments from State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki and White House spokesman Josh Earnest came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrapped up a meeting with US President Barack Obama during which he pitched for the US and Israel to work together to boost other Arab states’ involvement in the Palestinian peace process.

Psaki said the US was “deeply concerned” over Israel’s approval last week to advance the construction of some 2,500 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Hamatos.

“This step is contrary to Israel’s stated goal and it would send a very troubling message if they proceed with tenders or construction,” Psaki said, adding the move would “call into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement.”

“This development will only draw condemnation from the international community, distance Israel from even its closest allies, poison the atmosphere not only with the Palestinians but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations,” she said, calling her own language “strong.”

At the White House, Earnest echoed Psaki’s language and said the issue was discussed between Obama and Netanyahu.
Virtually all of the coverage of this story misses one important detail:


Many of the housing units approved are earmarked for the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa!

i24 is one of the very few outlets that mentioned this:
Jerusalem’s municipality said the procedure is only a bureaucratic one and not a political decision. The municipality also argued that half of the 2,610 homes will be allocated to the Arab population and the rest to Jews.
I’m not sure if it is quite half, according to this anti-settlement organization about 900 units are meant to expand Beit Safafa. Even so, when all of the articles about this issue mention “2610 housing units in Givat Hamatos,”

So either the US is telling Israel that they must not allow Arabs in Arab neighborhoods to build, or the US is only objecting to houses meant for Jews.

Last year I interviewed Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat and he described how he responds to American officials who insist on a freeze in Jerusalem building, using this very point:

What do you really mean? Because we’ve just been investing over a half a billion shekels on infrastructure and roads (in the Arab sector.) We’re building 500 classrooms in the Arab sector…And we’re registering many, many buildings for the residents of east Jerusalem. My question was, what do you mean by ‘freeze.’ Freeze everything? Or, God forbid, is somebody hinting, ‘Wait a minute. Before you give someone a permit, check him out. If he’s Jewish, freeze him, if he is Muslim or Christian give him a license’? …Is somebody hinting to us to look at the color of his skin, to look at his religion before we give him a permit and a license?
Usually I don’t get any answers back.


The entire interview is very worthwhile if you want to learn what is really going in in Jerusalem, not the spin that the media uses.

uh, that is hard

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eretzyisrael:

A Letter to the World from Jerusalem - 1969

In 1969, Stanley Goldfoot, a Jerusalem-based journalist, penned a fiery and poetic letter to the international community. His words continue to resonate.

Israel’s enemies are still trying to separate Jerusalem from the Jewish people, and Israel must maintain constant vigilance to protect the Holy City as her unified capital.

This video presents Goldfoot’s letter, together with music and imagery, which drives the message home.

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eretzyisrael:

 Today is the 70th anniversary of Hitler meeting the Mufti

Germany stands for an uncompromising struggle against the Jews. It is self-evident that the struggle against the Jewish national homeland in Palestine forms part of this struggle, since such a national homeland would be nothing other than a political base for the destructive influence of Jewish interests. Germany also knows that the claim that Jewry plays the role of an economic pioneer in Palestine is a lie. Only the Arabs work there, not the Jews. Germany is determined to call on the European nations one by one to solve the Jewish problem and, at the proper moment, to address the same appeal to non-European peoples….At some not yet precisely known, but in any case not very distant point in time, the German armies will reach the southern edge of the Caucasus. As soon as this is the case, the Führer will himself give the Arab world his assurance that the hour of liberation has arrived. At this point, the sole German aim will be the destruction of the Jews living in the Arab space under the protection of British power.
—-Adolf Hitler to Haj Amin Al-Husseini, mufti of Jerusalem, November 28, 1941


The Mufti of Jerusalem was the undisputed leader of Palestinian Arab nationalism from the 1920s through the 1940s, and his hatred of Jews pervaded all he did.

It will be recalled that the Mufti was given his position by the British because he was regarded as a “moderate.” This is what gave him the platform to start his career of inciting against and murdering Jews in earnest.

He was responsible for the anti-Jewish pogroms in Palestine in 1920, 1921 and 1929; he initiated the deadly riots from 1936-1939, and he initiated contact with the Nazis as soon as they came to power in order to come up with ways to work together with them to get rid of the Jews.

Not only that, but towards the end of the war, he pulled out all the stops to murder Jewish children rather than have them rescued - even when the desperate Nazis were considering swapping them for money or for German prisoners. Meaning that his desire to murder Jews exceeded even that of Hitler himself.

The Mufti was an unrepentant anti-semite and desired nothing less than the complete genocide of the entire Jewish people, every man, woman and child. 

Today, November 28th, is the anniversary of the Mufti’s seminal meeting with Hitler , where Hitler explained his genocidal plans in detail to his kindred anti-semite.

Today, the Mufti of Jerusalem is considered a hero among Palestinian Arab leadership.

One year ago, Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech,

We must also recall the outstanding [early] leader of the Palestinian people, the Grand Mufti of Palestine — Haj Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, who sponsored the struggle from the beginning, and sponsored the struggle and was displaced for the cause and died away from his home.”

The Mufti isn’t a Palestinian Arab hero despite his Jew-hatred.

He is a hero because of it.

And he was the grandfather of Yasser Arafat.

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tudozsido:

Mertugyebár: Bontják a falat Jeruzsálemben
Mivel huzamosabb ideje nyugalom van a környéken, lebontották azt a biztonsági betonkerítést, amely a zsidók lakta Gilo városrészt választotta el a kelet-jeruzsálemi Beit Jala arab településtől. A falat még 2001-ben emelték, amikor a második intifáda alatt folyamatosan tűz alatt tartották az arabok a zsidó lakosságot. Az érintett házak anno golyóálló ablaküvegeket is kaptak.

tudozsido:

Mertugyebár: Bontják a falat Jeruzsálemben

Mivel huzamosabb ideje nyugalom van a környéken, lebontották azt a biztonsági betonkerítést, amely a zsidók lakta Gilo városrészt választotta el a kelet-jeruzsálemi Beit Jala arab településtől. A falat még 2001-ben emelték, amikor a második intifáda alatt folyamatosan tűz alatt tartották az arabok a zsidó lakosságot. Az érintett házak anno golyóálló ablaküvegeket is kaptak.

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