News Digest: Jerusalem Day
“The flag parade in Jerusalem is a symbol. It is the warm spot in the heart, the pride that we, Jerusalemites, are allowed to feel we are at the top of the world. A little pride. It's OK. For one day, we, Jerusalemites, can feel proud. The best of the youth and all those to whom Jerusalem is dear go out into the streets with pride in their hearts. And whoever is against this parade – apparently his heart cannot contain that there are those who are proud of their Jerusalem despite everything.”
– Anat Yanir in Jerusalemites FB Page
“What they [Israelis] call ‘Jerusalem Unification Day,’ in which they celebrate the occupation of both parts of the city, is a black day in our capital. They repeat the same thing every year: [Israeli] settlers are all over the streets of Jerusalem singing, dancing and wreaking havoc under the protection of the Occupation police. We [Palestinians] pay a price for this celebration; anyone that happens to be in their way at that moment is brutally attacked, from paramedics to journalists. Many arrests happen, as well as people being issued court-ordered restraining orders not to enter the city.”
– Jerusalem First
“Watch: Occupation forces assault the director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Al-Kiswani, mosque guards and employees of the Islamic Waqf  [inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque Complex]. [See video in the comments below.]
– Wadi Hilweh Information Center-Silwan
“Palestinians issue calls to thwart the constant [Israeli] settler infiltration of Al-Aqsa mosque which comes at the same time as the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba ; Palestinians are asked to remain in great numbers inside the mosque.”
– Quds News Network
“Settlers perform Talmudic prayers outside the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque before infiltrating it; these acts of Judaization were called for to coincide with the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.”
– Jerusalem First
"New song by the Kinderlach (Haredi children's choir) about Jerusalem – and even Trump makes a guest appearance."
[Excerpt from the song:]
"Let us sing a song about Jerusalem
A song of the Land of Israel
Let us say a word about your walls,
We'll sing, be joyous and pray […]
Sing to us a song of Zion and Jerusalem
Tell us of its stones and gates,
And we will never forget its walls."
0202 Editor's Notes:
 The Islamic Waqf refers to the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, which essentially functions as the religious and civil administration of the Haram Al-Sharif. Following the 1967 war in which Israel took control the Old City of Jerusalem, the Israeli government decided to maintain Jordanian custodianship of the Waqf. Today, the Haram al-Sharif is governed and funded jointly by the Jordanian Waqf and the Waqf of the Palestinian Authority.
 The Nakba is the Arabic term used for the events and consequences of 1948, called the War of Independence by Israelis. Nakba literally means catastrophe, and relates to Palestinian expulsion from their homes and lands during the war between Zionist forces which would become Israel, and the Arab armies including Palestinians and neighboring states.
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