August 31, 2012 |
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 7, 2012 |
With a fire extinguisher in his hand and a cellphone pressed to his ear, principal Sameeh abu Rameelh battled an electrical fire in his Jerusalem high school's computer lab while pleading with the fire department to come to his aid. But when the emergency dispatcher heard that the school was in Kafr Aqab, separated from the rest of Jerusalem by a 36-foot-high concrete wall, he told Abu Rameelh that firetrucks wouldn't cross Israel's separation barrier...
March 11, 1990 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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 |
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.
February 9, 1988 |
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.
May 1, 1995 |
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 |
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.
June 21, 1997 |
Mustafa Diab, born and raised in East Jerusalem, went to the Israeli Interior Ministry seeking residency papers for his Jordanian wife and nine children. But instead of granting permits, an official there seized the identity card that allows Diab to live in Jerusalem and gave the Palestinian truck driver 15 days to leave the country. Two months later, Diab's 11-year-old daughter died, and his request for a death certificate to bury her in the family plot in Jerusalem was denied.