Perspectives of Life in East Jerusalem (Excerpt from ‘A City Divided’)

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.

In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Alice Speri meets with a Palestinian and an Israeli living In the same contested neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem.

Watch the full length “A City Divided: Jerusalem’s Most Contested Neighborhood” – http://bit.ly/14LsrZu

Read “Maneuvering at the UN Could Lead to War Crimes Charges Against Israeli and Palestinian Leaders” – http://bit.ly/1Bb5niV

Read “Rubble and Rage in Jerusalem: Israeli Bulldozers and the Broken Homes They Leave Behind” – http://bit.ly/1w9GLAP

Read “Palestine Pushes Again for UN Recognition as Hamas Parades in Gaza City” – http://bit.ly/1AQJt5L

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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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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 21, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: powerful blast in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Jewish families move into disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood, AP investigation finds suspected Nazi war criminals received Social Security benefits after being forced out of the U.S., and the World Health Organization says Nigeria is clear of Ebola.

UKRAINE
Explosion Rocks Eastern City of Donetsk
Pro-Russia rebels accused the Ukrainian military of firing a tactical missile at a factory, which the government has denied.

ISRAEL
Jewish Settlers Move Into Contested East Jerusalem Neighborhood
Families relocated to Silwan under the protection of Israeli police, a practice the U.S. and UN says presents an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

U.S.A.
Probe Alleges Suspected Nazis Got Millions in Social Security
An Associated Press investigation found that the Justice Department let alleged war criminals keep their benefits if they left the country.

NIGERIA
Country Free Of Ebola Following Successful Virus Containment
The World Health Organization praised the Nigerian government’s swift response to the disease.

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