scoop.co.nz 24 Mar, 2021 22:45 am

The Nakba Of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel Uses ‘the Law’ To Ethnically Cleanse East Jerusalem

The Nakba Of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel Uses ‘the Law’ To Ethnically Cleanse East Jerusalem
A Palestinian man, Atef Yousef Hanaysha, was killed by Israeli occupation forces on March 19 during a weekly protest against illegal Israeli settlement expansion in Beit Dajan, near Nablus, in the northern West Bank. Although tragic, the above ...

In occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a massive battle is already underway.The territorial boundaries of this battle are largely located in occupied East Jerusalem and in the so-called ‘Area C’ of the West Bank - nearly 60% of the total size of the occupied West Bank - which is under complete and direct Israeli military control.No other place represents the perfect microcosm of this uneven war like that of the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem.On March 10, fourteen Palestinian and Arab organizations issued a ‘joint urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Procedures on forced evictions in East Jerusalem’ to stop the Israeli evictions in the area.

Israel occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem in June 1967 and formally, though illegally, annexed it in 1980.While news headlines occasionally present the habitual evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and other parts of East Jerusalem as if a matter that involves counterclaims by Palestinian residents and Jewish settlers, the story is, in fact, a wider representation of Palestine’s modern history.

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