Work Starts on Israeli Building Projects in Silwan 
“Dozens of soldiers in military uniform started work in the [Palestinian] lands of Wadi Al-Rababah [in Silwan], accompanied by a number of vigilante [Israeli] settlers as a part of Judaization of the valley near Al-Aqsa. This is where the Occupation plans on establishing the foundation for cable cars and a suspension bridge between the two sides of the valley they want to Judaize, in addition to a visitors center to brain wash tourists, biblical gardens and a facility that will suck up the spring and well waters of Silwan.”
- The Jerusalem Center for Research and Studies ---- 0202 Editor’s Notes  Silwan is a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem. In 1991, a movement was formed to promote Jewish settlement in Silwan and today there are a few hundred Jewish families living in the area amid approximately 55,000 Palestinians. Consequently the town remains a flash point in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
“This morning [October 15, 2018] extremist rabbi and Member of Knesset, Yehuda Glick infiltrated the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque at the head of a group of [Israeli] settlers under heavy police protection. This comes after a commemoration was held yesterday under the auspices of Zionist Dr. Eyal Davidson, administrative director of the ‘Temple Mount’ at the Ministry of Zionist Culture, to commemorate the fourth anniversary of Glick surviving being shot in an attempted assassination.
The photo is from this morning.”
- The Jerusalem Center for Research and Study ---- 0202 Editor’s Note:  Yehuda Glick is US-born rabbi and Israeli politician, who was closely associated with the Temple Mount Faithful, a religious rightwing group that seeks to rebuild a Jewish temple on the site containing Al-Aqsa Mosque. He survived an assassination attempt in 2015 by Palestinian Muatez Hijazi
Jerusalemite Responses to Marriage of Lucy Aharish, Israeli-Arab TV Personality, and Tzahi Halevy, Jewish Star of TV Series 'Fauda'
"Which of the answers would you pick: 1. It is Lucy Aharish and Tzahi [Halevi’s] right to marry whoever they want. 2. Her actions should be condemned and her employment at the tv station should be suspended. 3. Wish mazal tov to the happy couple."
- Jerusalemites FB Group
[Selected Comments:] - "In my opinion, a marriage like this is terrible, but every person should do whatever’s good for him." - "Option 1 and option 3 Lucy is a darling, and she deserves happiness. Well done to you [the couple] for overcoming all the obstacles. It must have been difficult. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you mazal tov and success." - "Lucy deserves to be happy." - "Option number 4: Why they hell do you care what other people do with their private lives?"
- "The problem here is the intermarriage, and the fact that Tzahi’s children won’t be Jewish." - [In response:] "So what? You don’t have to be Jewish to be a good person, you don’t have to be Jewish to be a good citizen, you don’t have to be Jewish to serve in the IDF, you don’t have to be Jewish to pay taxes… I think and believe that their children will learn so much about the fact that love conquers all… They will learn all about tolerance and accepting the other… I believe they won’t be racist… How many Jews such as these do you know?" - [In response:] "They will be many things, but they will not be Jewish."
---- 0202 Editor's Notes: In Judaism, marriage to non-Jews is forbidden; In Islam, a Muslim woman is forbidden to marry a non-Muslim man. Whether the children are Jewish or not is determined by the mother; in this case, because the marriage is between a Jewish man and a Muslim woman, the children will not be Jewish according to Jewish religious law. In this case, religious prohibition combined with nationalistic sentiment caused a diversity of responses to the marriage, including harsh criticism.
"I want to vote for a mayor that will support the seculars but I don’t know much about the different candidates. Someone help!"
- Jerusalemites FB Group
[Selected Comments:] - "There are seculars in Jerusalem?" - "Ofer Berkovitch! " - "Ofer Berkovitch is the only one that’ll save the city!!! Wake up." - "Ofer Berkovitch for mayor, but it’s important to vote for Havilio  for city council so that he’ll make sure that he won’t run into the arms of the Haredis." - "Ofer Berkovitch for everyone, for unity and a good life together."
---- 0202 Editor's Notes:  Ofer Berkovitch is head of the Jerusalem 'Hitorerut' party, one of two prominent pluralist parties in the city. Hitorerut (lit. Awakening) is a party in Jerusalem municipal politics based off of principles of pluralism and ensuring residents stay in the city. The party largely represents young and secular residents. Ofer Berkovitch is running for mayor in the upcoming elections.  Yossi Havilio was a candidate for mayor in Jerusalem’s municipality elections, and is now running for city council. His campaign focuses on the lack of pluralism in Jerusalem, high cost of living, and lack of employment opportunities.
"The wedding celebration of the Muslim Arab media woman, Lucy Aharish, who married her Jewish fiancé, Tzahi Levy 😡😡😡😡😡😡
- Biet Hanina - Jerusalem page
[Selected comments:] "She deserves all the best, that soon we will not be happy with her children, who is she?" - "God forbid!" - "Is this possible? I wonder who she is and where she originally originated from. Even her last name is strange 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔" - [response:] "She must have changed her name." - "She sure is a Christian." "Islam has nothing to do with her and people like her."
---- 0202 Editor's Note Lucy Aharish is an Arab Israeli news anchor, reporter, and television host. She is notable for being the first Arab Muslim news presenter on mainstream Hebrew-language Israeli television.
 The attached picture is taken from the Maariv website:
[Survey Question:] "Do you think that participation in elections and / or running for municipal elections in Jerusalem are considered normalization with the Occupation, or is the right of Jerusalemites to find those who represent them in the municipality in order to gain their legal rights?
*Note: Any opinion below in the survey does not represent me, the survey is for journalistic purposes only. "
[Survey Results:] "The right of the Jerusalemite" - 135 votes "Normalization with Occupation" - 74 votes
"The main thing is we meet to raise issues about the municipality either to recover what we paid from the taxes or turn our streets and our lives as we see the streets and parks of those who will try to keep their chairs in case they succeed or not. This will only will exhaust us.
-"If a Jerusalemite faction wins [seats] in the municipality, it will benefit the Jerusalem, but I doubt that for two reasons: Firstly, it is not in the interests of the Occupation that an Arab-Jerusalem faction wins [seats]. Welcoming the [Arab] Jerusalemite participants with eggs shows the current stupidity of the concept of 'normalization'."
-"Of course it is the right of the Jerusalemites, and whoever does not like, should come and provide us with basic services of cleanliness, residence or education, or to remain silent and not look at us in a nationality [terms] that has passed its time."
-"Anyone who thinks that it is normalization is probably living in 1949 and still did not open his eyes well to see what is happening around him and does not understand anything in this world."
-"Will they serve you Jerusalem on a gold platter?"
----- 0202 Editor's Note: The original post was posted without a photo. Attached is a screenshot of the survey. The original post was deleted.
"The Old City, Al-Qadisiya Street, Aqabat Al-Ruman neighborhood.
The drain was cleared after the member Fidaa Hasuna filed a complaint with the Gichon Service Center at 025651111.
Thanks to her and her coordinator Miss Iyad Al-Qimri and everyone who participated in solving the problem. Hand in hand toward [better] life. Nairoz 🙂 "
** [Translation of Selected Comments:]
- [May God] Give you health, I wish the other problems in the neighborhood will be corrected.
- Hand in hand towards a better life 👍🏻
----- 0202 Editor's Note: Mini Active is a voluntary organization in East Jerusalem made of women who are active in social and community spheres. Their activities include enrichment classes for women in various fields and social projects. One of their most prominent projects is the creation of a network of regular activities that report to the municipal hotline about infrastructure and sanitation problems in East Jerusalem neighborhoods.
“The body of [Palestinian man] Mutlaq Hafith Abu Sneineh, from Al-Marwaha neighborhood in the town of Beit Hanina, was found after the man had been missing for 18 years; this comes after a murdered body was discovered.
After examining the body, medical examiners confirmed that the man has been dead since the time of his disappearance.”
[Selected Comments:] - “Where did they find him?” - “The found him in [the town of] Beer Sheva.” - “For sure he worked for someone from Beer Sheva at the time he disappeared.” - “No he didn’t [work there]. The last place they saw him was in Shuafat Refugee Camp.”
Neturei Karta  Visits Palestinian village, Al-Khan Al-Ahmar 
“A delegation from the [Jewish] anti-Zionist organization, Neturei Karta visits Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, which is under threat of [Israeli] demotion. The intention of their visit was to display solidarity [with the village.]
Photo by Wael Salaimeh.”
- Quds News Network
- "My respect goes out to anyone that has some humanity left in them and fights for justice."
- "The Jews and Christians will never be pleased with you until you follow their creed."
-"Don't you feel as if this world has gone upside down? Jews are standing in solidarity [with Palestinians], while the Arabs are selling out Palestine."
---- 0202 Editor’s Notes:  Neturei Karta is a religious group of Haredi Jews, formally created in Jerusalem, which opposes secular Zionism. They call for a dismantling of the State of Israel, in the belief that Jews are forbidden to have their own state until the coming of the Messiah.  Al-Khan Al-Ahmar (or Khan al-Ahmar) is a Palestinian, Bedouin settlement located in the West Bank near the Israeli settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. In May 2018, the High Court of Justice authorized the Israeli Civil Administration to evacuate the Bedouin community, transfer the residents from their homes and relocate them.
Children Jumping in Rockefeller Park  in Jerusalem
“Watch: See what is happening at Rockefeller Park in Jerusalem today [October 8,2018].”
- “ This is after the municipality fixed it. I give it about two months before it is destroyed [by people]. Yes, yes that’s what Arabs do.”
- “Where are the human rights centers? They should get these kids off the streets and do some good with them so they [the children] can channel their energy somewhere. Let them be involved with something that benefits society.”
- “These [canopies] are for protection from rain and from the sun, not for jumping on like ‘monkeys’.”
---- 0202 Editor’s Note:  Rockefeller Park is the largest park in East Jerusalem and has been recently newly renovated by the Israeli Municipality.
Palestinian Demolishes his own Home in Beit Hanina
“Jerusalemite Ayman Kawazbeh demolishes his own home
[Palestinian] resident Ayman Kawazbeh demolished his own home on Monday [October 8, 2018] in the town of Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, under the pretext of not having a [building] permit.
Ayman Kawazbeh told Maan News Agency that he started to demolish his own home this morning in compliance with a demolition order from the [Israeli] municipality, after removing his belongings. He did this in order to avoid [paying] the demolition ‘fee’ to the municipality and accompanying [demolition] forces which was around 40,000 shekels.
Kawazbeh added that his home was built ten years ago, and he had tried during that time to obtain a permit from the necessary agencies to no avail. He pointed out that the demolition order was issued after his house was built and lived in for a number of years, but he was able to delay the implementation of the order many times. Kawazbeh was fined 36,000 shekels, but after completing his fine payments the final [demolition order] was issued.
The Kawazbeh family is made up of eight members, six of which are children between the ages of 3 and 17.
‘We are living in a real tragedy, a tragedy for my wife and children who left the house, and I started to demolish it with my hands,’ Ayman Kawazba said. ‘We are about to start winter and we have no shelter and no home. I do not know what I will do in the coming days.’
The Israeli Occupation authorities force Jerusalemites to demolish their own homes. They threaten to impose high fines as ‘demolition fees,’ in addition to fines to ‘remove demolition rubble’ in cases where ‘manual demolition’ is not performed in the allotted time.”
"Important and dangerous ... Translated from the press release issued a short time ago from the municipality regarding Shuafat Refugee Camp The Occupation municipality of Jerusalem issues a press release last night, Thursday October 4 titled 'Barakat revealed a plan to expel UNRWA and eradicate the refugee problem in Jerusalem.' According to the statement, following the U.S. announcement to cease funding for UNRWA, Occupation mayor Nir Barkat set up a committee of experts to examine ways to 'expel and eradicate UNRWA from Jerusalem, and stop its activities.' According to the release, the steps of the plan are as follows: - Closure orders will be issued against seven UNRWA schools operating in Jerusalem, in which 1,800 students study, until the end of the current school year. A school building under the jurisdiction of the occupation municipality will absorb the students of the Shuafat Refugee Camp, as the only camp in the West Bank that is within the confines of the Occupation municipality in Jerusalem. - Cease and desist orders will be issued against UNRWA medical centers operating in the Old City and Shuafat Refugee Camp, on the grounds that have not been approved by the Israeli Ministry of Health. The patients will be admitted to the Israeli HMOs and a health services facility will be established at the entrance to the Shuafat Refugee Camp to substitute the centers to be closed. -UNRWA's sports fields and vocational training centers in the Shuafat Refugee Camp and the Kafr Aqab area (the vocational training center of Qalandia Refugee Camp in the Jerusalem area, within the municipal boundaries) will be transferred to Occupation authorities, specifically the Welfare and Employment Committee. - Responsibility for water supply, repair of waste water networks, and collection of waste will be transferred from Shuafat Camp from UNRWA to the Israeli Municipality and the Israeli Gihon company. - The Occupation will issue closure orders against the people's committees operating in Shuafat camp for being illegal organizations that deals in incitement and terrorism. This will be implemented by allocating an 11-dunam area of land close to Shuafat camp and constructing an Israeli service complex above it, including school and health center and others. This is inseparable from the police station established at the Shuafat checkpoint and by the Interior Ministry.
- Shuafat Refugee Camp - Jerusalem
[Selected Comments:] - "I personally object to this decision" - "How do they think to close seven schools and replace them in one school that will be able to accommodate 1,800 students?" - "The municipality doesn't even give the first thing: books to children who study in the schools of the Old City"
"Yabous Cultural Center in A-Zahra Street, Jerusalem.
I'm telling you to stay away from us and our daughters, and leave Jerusalem. What sort of tradition is this where girls dance and bounce around in the streets? What sort of tradition is this where girls hold hands with boys? What sort of tradition is this where we allow boys to dance with girls? What sort of tradition is this where Jerusalem changes from a holy city to a dancing city? What sort of tradition is this where Salah A-Din Al-Ayoubi Street is filled with mixed dancing? What sort of tradition is this where you take out a permit from the "Israeli Police" to get drunk on the street? Who told you that this is our tradition? Did your grandmother dance in the streets? Is there anyone of you whose grandmother told them that they would dance the Dabka [traditional Palestinian folk dance] hand-in-hand with the boys of the neighborhood? I tell you, to all these organizations, that your tricks are exposed, your films are burnt. The [Palestinian] Authority and the Paris Regional Council and other suspicious organizations allow you to do these deeds. Fearing Allah is what is best for you # Leave Jerusalem, enough of this."
- Al-Mukabber Net
[Selected Comments:] - "You're mad because the girls are holding hands with boys, but not mad because of the hijab-wearing girl is wearing a shirt that only reaches the waist, or that she is wearing tight, form-fitting pants?" - "The question is, 'are these girls and boys coming from outside the city or are they from our own youth? Do they have parents who belong to our society here and know how to distinguish right from wrong?'"
“I want a way to learn to speak Hebrew without having to take courses. That’s it! I’ve lost all hope in [Hebrew] courses.”
- Ask Silwan FB group
- “I’ll teach you.”
- “Courses won’t teach you anything; only interacting [with Hebrew speakers] will. And if you don’t talk on a daily basis you will never learn. This language [Modern Hebrew] was stolen from Arabic and English.”
- “Get this book [in photo], and then keep practicing. And if you have someone who speaks Hebrew at home, keep talking to them.”
- “I’m suffering like you are lol. [Hebrew] dialogue is not working out with me.”
- “You are in a tough situation.”
- You should listen to songs in Hebrew.”
-“I listen a lot to Eel Golan.”
-“My friends sing Hebrew every day and memorize [songs], but they still don’t know the meaning of the song or how to speak Hebrew.”
-“I was like that, but then I started listening to songs, reading their lyrics and explaining them to myself; word by word I got better.”
-“Watch Hebrew shows with Arabic subtitles. That will help a lot.”
- Reply: “Can you give me any links?”
- “There is an Arab-Jewish comedy show on YouTube called Shugul Arab; it’s really nice and funny and you will learn Hebrew from it.”
- “Just search for Shugul Arab series [on YouTube].” ---- 0202 Editor's Note: The original post in the Ask Silwan FB group was deleted.
News Digest: Elad Settler Association  takes over property in Silwan 
“[Israeli] settlers work continuously on property and land seized today [October 4, 2018 in the town of Silwan] which were surreptitiously sold by their [Palestinian] owners from the Fateeha family who live in the United States. Workers excavated [the land], and put up beams, gates and wires around the perimeter of the property.
- Wadi Hilweh Information Center-Silwan ** “Elad Association has taken over two houses and a plot of land planted with perennial trees after they were sold [to Elad] by the Fateeha family which lives in the United States of America.
- Wadi Hilweh Information Center-Silwan ** “A Palestinian man was assaulted after being in close vicinity to the house which was surreptitiously sold [to Elad] this morning in the town of Silwan.”
- Wadi Hilweh Information Center Silwan ---- 0202 Editor’s Notes:  Elad is a Jerusalem-based Israeli association which has been operating mainly in the Palestinian village of Silwan in East Jerusalem, south of the old city. The Association’s proclaimed mission is to create a Jewish majority in Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, and to also create a contiguous Jewish presence along the southern slopes of Al-Aqsa Mosque.  Silwan is a Palestinian neighborhood on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem. In 1991, a movement was formed to promote Jewish settlement in Silwan and today there are a few hundred Jewish families living in the area amid approximately 55,000 Palestinians. Consequently the town remains a flash point in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
"We were shocked to hear that our friends at Kehilat Kol HaNeshama  were attacked during their celebration of the Simchat Torah holiday .
Kehilat Kol HaNeshama - which hosts our community during the week - is one of the cornerstones of pluralistic Judaism in Jerusalem and this attack is an attack on all of us.
We support the members of this community and pledge to continue to join hands with them and other partners to strengthen pluralistic Judaism in Jerusalem and in the State of Israel."
- Congregation Sod Siach 
--- Editor's Notes:  קהילת כל הנשמה - Kehilat Kol HaNeshama is an active and lively community center and synagogue for Progressive Judaism in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka. Kol Haneshama is affiliated with the Reform Movement in Israel.  Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the annual, public Torah reading cycle, and the beginning of a new cycle. The holiday is characterized by singing and dancing in the synagogue with the Torah scrolls.  Sod Siach is a spiritual, egalitarian Jewish community in Jerusalem's Katamon neighborhood. During weekdays, their services are held in the Kehillat Kol Haneshama Building.
"A sad memory. I was in the area right when this happened. I lived not far from here."
- Childhood Memories in Jerusalem Facebook Group
[Selected Comments:] - "Is this the explosion at Machaneh Yehudah next to the dockyard?" -- "Yes" - "The first explosion at the market? On Agripas street?" - "And then it was the Second Intifada and Jerusalem already found it difficult to count and remember how many bombings and deaths and attacks that would be avenged."