“There is no doubt some Palestinian news outlets incite against Israel and the Jews, but it is clear this is not an official policy of the PA."--Tel-Aviv District Court Judge Dalia Gannot completely rejects the testimony of the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, Itamar Marcus, making minced meat out of his claims.
- Palestinians clash with Israeli forces as hundreds of Jews pray at Joseph's Tomb - Palestinian stone-throwers target Israeli troops as some 1,400 Jewish worshippers enter West Bank holy site under tight security; live fire erupts, one Palestinian hurt. (Haaretz)
- Israeli minister enters Al-Aqsa compound under guard - Israeli housing minister Uri Ariel visited the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday under Israeli police protection. Ariel, who is a member of the far-right Jewish Home party, headed a tour group of some 100 right-wing religious students and Rabbis. (Maan+PHOTOS)
- End to the status quo - Phenomenon: Jews go to the Temple Mount and pray - The Police forbids Jews from praying in order to prevent riots, but religious organizations are encouraging groups to go up to the Temple Mount and pray in hiding. The number has increased quickly and reached hundreds of people a day. The decision not to allow Jews to pray at the Temple Mount was made October 1, 1967 by the government cabinet. (Maariv, p. 1/NRG Hebrew)
- Israeli forces demolish property in West Bank village - Two Israeli bulldozers demolished commercial and industrial property early Thursday, including a commercial complex in Bartaa al-Sharqiya in the northern West Bank district of Jenin. (Maan)
- Witnesses: Israeli forces bulldoze land south of Qalqiliya - Israeli civil administration crews arrived with bulldozers and razed land belonging to Jalud village and also uprooted olive trees. Locals say Israeli authorities plan to confiscate the land to expand the illegal Alfe Menashe settlement. (Maan)
- Israeli forces demolish houses, barns in East Jerusalem village - “Families were surprised with Israeli military vehicles storming a tract of land where ten Palestinian households live in steel structures and use ten other structures as barns. The soldiers started to empty the structures and demolish them,” said Abu Mousa As-Saedi, one of the owners. (Maan)
- Jerusalem digs ditch to separate Jewish, Palestinian neighborhoods - Ditch necessary to deter violence and crime, Jewish residents and city officials say; Critics maintain separation will only further alienation and neglect. (Haaretz+)
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