Published on Feb 16, 2013
Palestinians are building thousands of new apartments in part of Occupied East Jerusalem, without Israeli approval.
It’s thanks to a quirk in the layout of the Separation Wall which splits the city.
The wall cuts off an area called Kufr Aqab – putting it on the West Bank side.
That means Palestinians who live there can keep their East Jerusalem identity cards and still get access to services in Israel.
Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston reports from Kufr Aqab.
On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day Israel has held a ceremony at the country’s official memorial site of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Survivors lit six torches representing the 6 million Jews killed in the concentration camps.
In his address Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked if the lessons of the Holocaust had been learnt.
” Every civilised person in the world; all those who say they learned the lessons of the Holocaust need to condemn clearly and unequivocally those who call for the destruction of the Jewish state.”
Artistic creations are usually born out of a desire to bring joy and beauty to their viewers. Our next report is about an artist who donated a sequence of fresco paintings that he created out of a love for art. Now, the fate of his creations is unclear. The details now from our correspondents.
Twenty five years ago, Artist Juan Onasis decided, as a gesture to a friend, to paint the frescos on the walls of the music conservatory in Petach Tikva, Israel.
Onasis admits that he spent his life making art and music, with the true conviction that these fields have chosen him and not the other way round.
[Juan Onasis, Painter and Musician]:
“My last work was 14 pieces for the Petach Tikva Municipal Conservatory. For me, it was my swan song as an artist. I felt that it was over…”
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An agricultural school in Israel has teamed up with a college in the U.S. to establish an ecological center. Our correspondents have more on the story.
Students from an agricultural school in northern Israel are working with American students from New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College. The American students traveled to Israel to help the agricultural school Kfar Galim to make an ecological center.
The ecological center is being made from recycled materials, mostly tires.
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April 17, 2011
Palm Sunday celebrations
Christians around the country joined others worldwide in celebrating Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and also marks the beginning of the holy week in the Christian Calendar. Church leaders had a unified message of peace and love and asked the political leadership tone down their rhetoric and concentrate on development issues.
Raw Video: Christians Mark Palm Sunday
Christians around the world are celebrating Palm Sunday. In the Christian faith, Palm Sunday marks Jesus Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. It’s also the start of Holy Week, which commemorates Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
March 28, 2010
Raw Video: Palm Sunday Celebrated Worldwide
Palm Sunday marks the start of the Holy Week in the Christian calendar. In the Philippines, Catholic worshippers brought decorated palm fronds to their church services to be blessed by the priests.
Hundreds of catholic faithful across the country this morning turned out for the Palm Sunday celebrations. The faithful participated in the procession along various towns and city streets before attending mass in their various churches. In Nyeri they marched through the towns main streets before heading to Consolata Cathedral Church Where Father James Maina, led mass. The same was witnessed in Mombasa where the faithful participated in the symbolic march in the coastal citys streets before attending a mass. The lead priest asked Christians to remain vigilant in the practice of their faith.
Palm Sunday mass at the Vatican
Catholics arriving for a Palm Sunday mass at the Vatican say they support Pope Benedict XVI amid mounting allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Europe….
Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem
Hundreds of Christians attended the annual Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem….
Abuse Scandal Weighs on Vatican Palm Sunday
Pope Benedict XVI opened Holy Week on Sunday amid one of the most serious crises facing the church in decades, with questions about his handling of cases of pedophile priests and the Vatican acknowledging its “moral credibility” was on the line.
April 5, 2009
Raw Video: Pilgrims Celebrate Palm Sunday
Pilgrims celebrated Palm Sunday in Jerusalem and Gaza City on Sunday morning. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, when he was greeted by the faithful who waved palms and olive branches in a sign of joy and peace.
March 16, 2008
Palm Sunday celebrations in Jerusalem
Marking the annual Palm Sunday celebrations and the start of a week-long visit to the Holy Land, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori made Anglican history on March 16 becoming the first woman bishop ever to preach at St. Georges Cathedral in Jerusalem. During the afternoon, singing, dancing and joyful celebration filled the streets as the Presiding Bishop joined pilgrims and local Christians from every denomination — including the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem — in the Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives.
“Miral,” a new film by acclaimed director Julian Schnabel, is based on a book by Palestinian author Rula Jebreal. It chronicles the lives of four Palestinian women – from 1948 when the state of Israel was created to the 1990s. Through the four women, and especially Miral, the youngest, the film tells the story of the ongoing Israeli – Palestinian conflict. Director Julian Schnabel, a Jewish American, looks at that conflict through Palestinian eyes and that has sparked controversy among Jews in America. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.