A City Divided: Jerusalem’s Most Contested Neighborhood

Throughout the past several months, Jerusalem has been a scene of clashes and violent attacks. Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood just steps away from Jerusalem’s Old City, has been at the heart of the unrest, and is becoming one of the most contentious neighborhoods in the most contested city in the world.

As settlement expansion into East Jerusalem continues, Israeli authorities have ramped up their practice of demolishing homes built without proper permits — permits which are near impossible for Palestinians to acquire. In addition to the demolitions due to lack of permits, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in early November the reinstatement of the policy of demolishing terrorists’ homes, which Palestinians claim is a form of collective punishment.

VICE News traveled to Silwan and met with Palestinians and Israelis living in this contested neighborhood at a time when Jerusalem is more divided than ever.

Read “‘A Darkness in His Heart’: Terror, Martyrs, Rubble, and Repetition as Israel Resumes Home Demolitions” – http://bit.ly/1xvIjZF

Read “Jerusalem Tensions Escalate As Netanyahu Pushes Settlement Expansion” – http://bit.ly/14aPn42

Read “Synagogue Attacks Mark New Level of Escalation as Jerusalem Inches Closer to Breaking Point” – http://bit.ly/1y46Doh

Watch “Jewish Settlers in the Hamas Stronghold of Hebron: Rockets & Revenge (Dispatch 6)” – http://bit.ly/1CRItik

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A City Divided: Jerusalem’s Most Contested Neighborhood (Trailer)

Throughout the past several months, Jerusalem has been a scene of clashes and violent attacks. Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood just steps away from Jerusalem’s Old City, has been at the heart of the unrest, and is becoming one of the most contentious neighborhoods in the most contested city in the world.

As settlement expansion into East Jerusalem continues, Israeli authorities have ramped up their practice of demolishing homes built without proper permits — permits which are near impossible for Palestinians to acquire. In addition to the demolitions due to lack of permits, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in early November the reinstatement of the policy of demolishing terrorists’ homes, which Palestinians claim is a form of collective punishment.

VICE News traveled to Silwan and met with Palestinians and Israelis living in this contested neighborhood at a time when Jerusalem is more divided than ever.

Read “‘A Darkness in His Heart’: Terror, Martyrs, Rubble, and Repetition as Israel Resumes Home Demolitions” – http://bit.ly/1xvIjZF

Read “Jerusalem Tensions Escalate As Netanyahu Pushes Settlement Expansion” – http://bit.ly/14aPn42

Read “Synagogue Attacks Mark New Level of Escalation as Jerusalem Inches Closer to Breaking Point” – http://bit.ly/1y46Doh

Watch “Jewish Settlers in the Hamas Stronghold of Hebron: Rockets & Revenge (Dispatch 6)” – http://bit.ly/1CRItik

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Jewish Settlers in the Hamas Stronghold of Hebron: Rockets and Revenge (Dispatch 6)

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As the Israeli bombardment and invasion of the Gaza strip continues — and militants continue to launch crude rockets into Israel — there’s relative quiet in the other Palestinian territory, the West Bank. With the conflict focused on the Hamas-run Gaza strip, it’s easy to forget the West Bank used to be one of the focal points of resistance against the state of Israel. That may still be the case, but today in the West Bank, there are no rockets being fired into Israel and few demonstrations compared to Jerusalem.

Palestinian security forces, activists, and ordinary Palestinians say this could quickly change. VICE News brings you to the restive city of Hebron, which has historically supported Hamas, to find out if, how, and for how long things can stay this way.

Footage Shows Israeli Forces Storming Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem: https://news.vice.com/article/footage-shows-israeli-forces-storming-al-aqsa-mosque-in-jerusalem

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