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July 7, 2008 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
The residents of East and West Jerusalem have lived side by side, if not together, for 40 years, ever since Israel seized the Arab side of the city from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East War. The union has rarely been a happy one. But recent incidents have residents on both sides viewing each other with renewed suspicion and anxiety.
Israeli police fired on Palestinian demonstrators in Arab-populated East Jerusalem on Saturday, killing at least one and triggering a brief wave of protests on the eve of an Israeli Cabinet meeting scheduled today on the contentious issue of peace talks. According to reports from Palestinian spokesmen and international relief workers, two men were shot to death and two others wounded at Shuafat, the only refugee camp within the city's boundaries.
August 16, 1991
I too hope that justice prevails, Mr. Kuttab. In the case of East Jerusalem, when the Palestinian Arabs (Jordan) controlled it (1948-1967), the Jews were kept out. They weren't allowed to pray at their holiest site, the West Wall. Moreover, to show their contempt for the Jews, the Palestinian Arabs used Jewish grave markers to line their latrines and desecrated more than 50 Jewish places. Now under Israeli control, all religious sites are open to all sects and are rigorously protected by the Jews.
September 10, 1994 | From Associated Press
Talks on crucial foreign aid to support Palestinian autonomy broke down Friday in a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over whether some of the funds could be used in East Jerusalem. The conflict drew an angry rebuke from the talks' sponsor, the World Bank, which said the aid issue is too important to be "derailed by the two main parties." The bank said it would try to resume the negotiations but set no date for reconvening the delegations from donor nations.
March 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir today ruled out the participation of Palestinians from Jerusalem in peace negotiations, saying it would jeopardize Israel's claim to the holy city. "It's clear that whoever lives in East Jerusalem will not be able to participate in these negotiations," Shamir said. Shamir also expressed anger at suggestions, apparently from U.S. officials, that Israel should not settle Soviet immigrants in the predominantly Arab sector of Jerusalem.
August 31, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Australian technology investor Kevin Bermeister has had some hits and misses in his career. He founded the popular file-sharing network Kazaa, built Australia's largest video game distributor and was an early investor in Skype. Less successful ventures included the now-defunct Sega World theme park in Sydney and an offshoot of troubled PC-maker Packard Bell. Now he has set his investment sights on Jerusalem. After buying a 185-room hotel and bidding on a troubled Jewish development in East Jerusalem that was about to be sold to a Palestinian billionaire, he has proposed his most ambitious - some say far-fetched - plan: Jerusalem 5800, a 30-year, $30-billion redevelopment blueprint to transform the ancient holy city into a sprawling international tourist hub. The businessman, who is Jewish, envisions 50,000 new hotel rooms, a new international airport in the West Bank and an underground metro line running through the city's archaeologically rich terrain.
February 12, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The presence of three words on a letterhead - "State of Palestine" - is keeping Palestinian patients from being transferred from the Gaza Strip to hospitals in East Jerusalem or Israel, officials on both sides acknowledged Wednesday. Israel informed theĀ  Palestinian Authority on Tuesday that it would no longer accept the patients if the transfer letter issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Health contains those words. Palestinian authorities expressed surprise, saying the phrase had been used on official documents since late 2012, when the United Nations upgraded the Palestinian Authority's status to that of a nonmember observer "state" rather than "entity.
February 9, 1988 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
There are no walls, no physical boundary that separates East Jerusalem from West Jerusalem, but the barriers are building. Fear and hate are dividing this city as certainly as any electrified fence.
Brushing aside the protests of left-wing Cabinet ministers, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Sunday that he supports the seizure of 125 acres of East Jerusalem land owned mostly by Palestinians to make way for Jewish neighborhoods. Rabin's stance increased the chances of a confrontation between his government and the Palestinian Authority, run by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.
March 23, 2010 | By Paul Richter
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave no ground Monday on U.S. opposition to Israeli construction in disputed areas, signaling that Washington would continue pressing Israel during two days of high-profile events. Clinton told a powerful, pro-Israel lobbying organization that U.S.-Israeli ties were "rock solid." But she did not retreat from the Obama administration's condemnation this month of Israel's plans for 1,600 new housing units in disputed East Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to address the same conference, held by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
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