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Interviews with Evicted al-Hanoun and al-Ghawi Families, Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, 12/17/10: video
A rally was held on December 17th, 2010, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem in support of evicted Palestinian families and against the Jewish settlers who have taken over their homes with the continued quasi-legal help of Israeli police, security forces, and courts. As the rallied concluded, evicted residents Maher al-Hanoun and Nasser al-Ghawi were interviewed about the loss of their homes and the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem. The first video below is of anti-eviction supporters chanting and drumming in a nearby park they marched to after rallying in front of the al-Hanoun family's stolen home.
1-2-3-4, Ethnic Cleansing No More
5-6-7-8, Israel Is a Racist State
1-2-3-4, Demolitions No More
5-6-7-8, Stop the Stealing, Stop the Hate
The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem -- a particularly sensitive neighborhood due to its proximity to the Green Line -- was built by the UN and Jordanian government in 1956 to house Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. However, with the start of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, following the 1967 Six Day War war, settlers began claiming ownership of the land the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood was built on. (http://palsolidarity.org/2010/08/13488/)
On August 2nd 2009, the al-Hanoun and al-Ghawi families were evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem at 5:30 in the morning by Israeli security forces. The eviction of the two families caused international outcry, and was condemned by the UN, as well as the American and British consulates. Since then both families have maintained a presence outside their houses which are occupied by extremist Israeli settlers who moved in on the same day that Israeli police evicted the Palestinians. (http://palsolidarity.org/2010/08/13488/)
On December 1st, 2009, Israeli settlers broke into a sealed section of the al-Kurd family house and refused to leave, claiming the property was owned by Jews. Since then, the settlers have struggled to evict the family from the back partition of their home. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Jarrah#Property_disputes & http://palsolidarity.org/2009/12/9661/)
Twenty-eight more Palestinian families in the neighborhood, all refugees and descendants from 1948, are currently in jeopardy of losing their homes through similar evictions and settlements, and the city is planning construction of an apartment building on the land.
Demo against theft of Arab homes in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem 12/17/2010
Protest Against Theft of Arab Homes in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, 12/17/2010: photos