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Ronen Medzini 19/7/2010 Ynet
Arab parents tell Knesset committee their children fear their houses will be demolished. They tell of small classrooms, difficult situation that leads to disturbances. Jewish parents say their children travel to classes in armored vehicles, suggest joint summer camp
Matthew Kalman 15/7/2010 AOL News
Bible-era scholars say they are getting fed up with headline-grabbing archaeological discoveries that seem more influenced by modern political agendas and showmanship than by scholarship.
Akiva Eldar 13/7/2010 Haaretz
Few people who visit the City of David are aware that the site is controlled and operated by a private organization, with a clear political orientation and ideological interest.
Dan Izenberg 12/7/2010 JPost
The nonprofit organization Ir Amim and several intellectuals and activists petitioned the High Court of Justice on Sunday, demanding that the National Parks Authority annul an allegedly secret agreement allowing right-wing Jerusalem settlement movement El-ad to manage the City of David national park in the capital’s Silwan neighborhood.
Orly Noy 1/7/2010 Huffington Post
The latest intention of realizing the three-year-old eviction and sealing order against Beit Yohanatan, located in the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, led Knesset member Uri Ariel to express his deep concern for the value of equality in the face of the law: in parallel to the eviction and sealing orders against Beit Yohanatan, Ariel demanded that the city destroy hundreds of Palestinian houses in Silwan that also have had demolition orders served against them.
Ahdaf Soueif The Gaurdian 26/5/2010
The search for the City of David may offer tourists a reminder of Jerusalem's ancient past. But for the Palestinians whose homes are threatened by the excavations, archaeology is merely the latest weapon being used against them
By Katya Adler, February 5, 2010, BBC
About 40,000 Palestinians live in Silwan. Some families have been here for generations. They say Israel is digging here less out of archaeological interest but rather to make political claims over land.
By Yonatan Mizrahi, October 13, 2009, Ir Amim's Blog on the Huffington Post
Unfortunately, many in Israel today see archeology as a tool for strengthening the connection between the Jewish people and the ancient past of the land of Israel. Only those remains and testimonies that serve this purpose interest them.
By Akiva Eldar, October 5, 2009, Haaretz
A video tape made during a guided tour of the archaeological excavations at Silwan (the City of David) reveals how Elad, the association that runs the dig, works together with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Jerusalem municipality to dig under the homes of Arab residents.
August 10, 2009, JPost
Peace Now attacked Defense Minister Ehud Barak Monday for endorsing a Jewish building in a Muslim area of east Jerusalem in the face of US and international opposition.
By Izhar Be'er, July 30, 2009, Ir Amim's blog
You have to see it to believe it. The photographs that appear here document the murals that stretch dozens of meters down the length of the road that leads from the neighborhood of Silwan that is, the City of David along the Eastern Wall of the Old City on the way to Dung Gate.
By Jacky Rowland, June 25, 2009, Al Jazeera
Archaeologists are digging at several sites around the Old City with a clear agenda: to uncover evidence that would strengthen Israel's claim to Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people.
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