Sheikh Raed Salah: Israel complicit in crimes against Arabs

Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel as he arrives in a prison in Haifa to begin his prison sentence on 16 August 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel outside of a prison in Haifa on 16 August 2020

Jailed leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Raed Salah has accused Israeli intelligence service of being complicit in crimes committed against the Arab community in Israel, Anadolu reported yesterday.

In a documentary aired late on Sunday by the Doha-based Al Jazeera news channel, Sheikh Salah said the Israeli intelligence service was complicit in organised crimes against Arab Israelis.

“[The Israeli] army is the main source of weapons to gangs in Israel,” the documentary said, citing a former official in Israel’s internal security service which was not named.

Al Jazeera cited what it said were leaked documents that prove senior Islamic Movement leader Suleiman Ighbariyah was under Israeli surveillance before an attempt on his life.

On 7 January, Ighbariyah, a former mayor of the Arab-majority town of Umm Al-Fahm, was seriously injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him.

READ: Israel extends isolation of Sheikh Raed Salah for 6 months

Around 1.6 million Palestinians live in Israel, making up 22 per cent of the country’s population. They have been complaining of discrimination and accusing Israel of turning a blind eye to rising crime rates in their communities.

At least 27 Arabs have been killed in gang attacks since the start of the year, according to Israeli media.

(Source / 23.03.2021)

Jewish paper apologises after mocking ‘100,000 Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers’

Israeli soldiers in East Jerusalem on 1 March 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli soldiers in East Jerusalem on 1 March 2021 

A newspaper serving the orthodox Jewish community of New York and New Jersey has apologised for joking about Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinians. A February edition of the Jewish Link appeared to mock the death of Palestinians by running the headline, “100,000 Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers.” It joked that Palestinians were volunteering to be shot by the Israeli “Sharpshooters” unit that is dispensing the COVID-19 vaccine.

The article said that Israel was dispensing the vaccine free to Palestinians so as “to improve relations with its Arab neighbors,” and the “doses are being injected by an elite unit of Israeli soldiers, who are specially trained in the use of hypodermic needles.”

Mocking the death of Palestinians the article said that the Health Ministry was “skeptical that Palestinians would volunteer to be shot by the Israeli military,” but “to their surprise, in the program’s first week, more than 100,000 Palestinians were vaccinated.” Continuing to mock the death of Palestinians the piece went on to say that “after all the Arabs are shot once, we look forward to shooting them a second time…”

READ: Israel shoots Palestinian boy, 7, in the head with tear gas grenade

Though it was claimed the piece was a “Purim satire”, which is a Jewish holiday celebrating the biblical story of Queen Esther overthrowing a Persian plot to kill Jews, it triggered a backlash.

The writer/musician Rich Siegel wrote a letter to the editor of the Jewish Link saying that “any decent person would find [the item] to be in extremely bad taste.”

“In case you don’t understand why your joke is beyond offensive, let me remind you that many many thousands of Palestinians and other Arabs have been shot and killed, or shot and maimed, in the bloody history of your racist apartheid country…”

“What would your response be if anyone were to make jokes about Auschwitz?”

The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and American Muslims for Palestine of New Jersey also criticised the paper for making light of violence against Palestinians.

“Suggesting the systematic murder of 100,000 people of an oppressed minority will never make for good comedy,” Selaedin Maksut, the executive director of CAIR-NJ, said in a statement, reported the Times of Israel.

Acknowledging their mistake the paper published an apology. “We apologize,” read a brief statement in last Thursday’s edition of the Link, which included a letter of complaint from the president of the Muslim Society of Bergen County. “It was offensive, in poor taste, and we regret it.” The article was removed from the online version of the paper.

READ: Israel shoots 78-year-old Palestinian in Gaza

(Source / 23.03.2021)

Netherlands asks Israel about confiscation of Palestine FM’s travel pass

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki gestures during a press conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) on February 26, 2020 at the UN Office in Geneva. - Israel's plan to build new settler homes in a particularly sensitive area of the occupied West Bank would destroy the prospect of a two-state solution al-Maliki said. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki on February 26, 2020 at the UN Office in Geneva

The Netherlands said today it had asked Israel to clarify the status of the Palestinian foreign minister after his travel credentials were revoked following a visit to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Reuters reported.

A Palestinian official said on Sunday that Riyad Al-Maliki’s VIP card, a pass granted by Israel to allow senior Palestinian officials to move freely through border crossings, had been confiscated.

The Israeli government has declined to comment on the matter.

“We have raised the matter with the [Israeli] embassy [and] informed them that, as a host country, the Netherlands is very invested in the fact that the ICC must be able to carry out its work without interference,” a Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced this month that she would investigate war crimes in the Palestinian territories after the court ruled that it had jurisdiction in the case.

“We will not be subject to intimidation as we seek justice for victims of atrocity crimes committed in Palestine,” said Rawan Sulaiman, who serves as head of the Palestinian mission in the Netherlands and Palestinian representative to the ICC.

READ: Israel threatens to impose sanctions on PA over ICC probe

Sulaiman called on ICC member states “to support the integrity, impartiality, and independence of the ICC, particularly, in light of the threats it, and those cooperating with it, continue to face.”

Israel, which does not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICC, and the United States, which has not ratified its founding statute, have both denounced the war crimes investigation.

Under former President Donald Trump, the United States imposed financial sanctions against Bensouda and her team.

Bensouda said in December 2019 that war crimes had been or were being committed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Al-Maliki met with the prosecutor in The Hague last week to urge her to accelerate the investigation, his office said.

ICC ruling brings hope for Palestine, dismay for Israel - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
ICC ruling brings hope for Palestine, dismay for Israel – Cartoon

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Palestine prisoner goes on hunger strike as Israel refuses to set date for surgery

A group of people stage a demonstration in front of the Israel’s West Bank separation wall to show their support to the Palestinian prisoners in Bethlehem, West Bank on 22 March 2019 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency]
A group of people stage a demonstration in front of the Israel’s West Bank separation wall to show their support to the Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prions on 22 March 2019

Palestinian prisoner Maher Abu Rayan yesterday announced that he is launching a hunger strike, protesting delays in his medical treatment as a result of the actions of the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

The 43-year-old, who hails from Hebron in the occupied West Bank, suffers from lung problems. During his detention in 2003, occupation soldiers attacked him and broke his nose. As a result, he underwent surgery in 2015 to fix his broken nose.

His health condition deteriorated again in 2018 because of excess fluid in the lungs.

READ: Palestinian brothers on 10th day of hunger strike against administrative detention

Later, Abu Rayan underwent thoracentesis, a procedure to remove excess fluid from the lungs. However, he still needs special treatment and has developed a sinus problem and needs surgery which he has been waiting for more than two years.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club said that the IPS claimed that Abu Rayan had refused the surgery. Claims he refuted and filed lawsuits over the past two years against. He is currently serving a sentence of 25 years.

(Source / 23.03.2021)

WAFA: Rights Groups “The UN should take action against Israel’s discriminatory policies”

GENEVA, Monday, March 22, 2021 (WAFA) – The United Nations should take action against Israel’s discriminatory policies and compel it to respect relevant international laws on equality and non-discrimination, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor () and the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH), a Swiss international non-governmental organization said on Friday, in a joint statement at the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).

Delivered during the general debate on agenda item 9 related to racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia, the speech said that, in the UN’s history, the Durban Declaration is a significant milestone as it reiterates that equality and non-discrimination are core human rights and that the state is responsible to combat racism and racial discrimination in all its forms.

The two organizations highlighted in the speech, delivered by Euro-Med Monitor Regional Manager in Europe, Muhammad Shehadeh, that since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, successive Israeli governments have, unfortunately, chosen the wrong side of history, where they enacted numerous exclusivist policies that discriminate against the Palestinian Arab minority politically, economically, socially, and culturally.

The speech said, discrimination is seen, for instance, in the right to family life, where in 2003 Israel used an emergency regulation to prevent family unification between Israeli citizens and Palestinians in the occupied territories.

The two organizations said that the Israeli discrimination is also seen in discriminatory land policies that squeeze Palestinian towns despite population growth while Jewish towns expand unconstrained.

The speech added that discrimination also appears in the 2018 basic law that defines Israel exclusively as the nation-state of the Jewish people, formally relegating Palestinian Arabs to second-class citizens.

“The list goes on and on.”
– Muhammad Shehadeh

The two organizations reiterated that Israel’s government has shown serious disregard to calls to end such discrimination and has even attacked human rights groups working to advance equality, which prompted Israel’s leading human rights organization B’Tselem to designate Israel’s control between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea as an apartheid regime.

“This concerning reality is inherently unsustainable. It cannot go on forever, and it requires concerted efforts from all member states to this council to bring it to an end.”
– Muhammad Shehadeh

[Euro-Med Monitor Regional Manager in Europe, Muhammad Shehadeh at United Nations Human Rights Council calls for international action against Israel’s discriminatory policies]

(Source / 23.03.2021)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, on Tuesday at dawn, many Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused several others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in the al-‘Arma Mountain area, in Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded the mountain and attacked the Palestinians who have been camping there to protect their lands amidst ongoing plans to illegally annex them for the benefit of the illegal Israeli colonies.

The Secretary of Fateh Movement in Beita, Minwer Bani Shamsa, said the soldiers stormed the mountain during early dawn hours, and started firing gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians, causing many injuries.

Bani Shamsa added that the Palestinians started protesting and camping in the mountain after a group of colonialist settlers invaded it.

The mountain has an archeological site that has been subject to constant attempts by the colonists who want to occupy it and install an outpost.

The mountain spreads over 250 Dunams; walls can be found atop of it indicating an ancient castle, in addition to seven water reservoirs hewn into rocks, which makes it a constant target for the colonialist settlers.

(Source / 23.03.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Tuesday, three young Palestinian men, and briefly detained a young woman, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Several army vehicles invaded Halhoul town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted a young man, identified as Moheeb Karja, after stopping him at a military roadblock at the entrance of the town.

The soldiers also detained a young woman, identified as Soja Borqan, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron city, and released her after interrogating her for about an hour.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Anata town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, before storming and searching homes, and abducted a young man, identified as Raed Najeh Abu Ali.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Salem Dweikat, from Beita town, south of the city.

(Source / 23.03.2021)

Al-Haq: World Water Day: Israel’s Discriminatory Policies Constitute a Systemic Attack on the Palestinian People’s Right to Water and Sanitation

Since the initial observation of the United Nations World Water Day on 22 March 1993, Israel, as the Occupying Power in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), has continued to consolidate and expand its domination of the Palestinian people through its discriminatory and unlawful policies and practices around the control and distribution of water.

The human right to water encompasses a number of elements, including availability, quality, and accessibility, and includes the ability to both physically access water and the principle of non-discrimination in the distribution of water.

The OPT’s natural water supply comes from three main sources: the Jordan Valley, the Mountain Aquifer, which stretches from the West Bank across the Green Line, and the Coastal Aquifer, located around the Gaza Strip. Each of these sources are under Israeli military control, and have been the subject of extensive restrictions introduced either by the Israeli occupying forces or Mekorot, the Israeli national water company, into which the Palestinian water system has been integrated.

Palestinian direct access to water in the occupied West Bank is denied in favour of providing access to illegal Israeli settlements. Approximately 50,000 Palestinians residing in Area C of the West Bank are denied access to clean, safe, and affordable water, while as of 2016, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank consumed on average only 73 litres of water per day, well below the World Health OrganiZation’s (WHO) recommended 100 litres.

Conversely, Israeli settlers consumed approximately 369 litres per day, over three times the recommended average. It is estimated that Israeli settlers, illegally residing in the OPT, consume three to eight times more water than the entire Palestinian population of the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem.

In the occupied Gaza Strip, subject to an ongoing 13 year closure and blockade, itself constituting collective punishment of some 2 million Palestinians, only one in ten households have direct access to clean and safe water. Only 5% of the water supply in the Gaza Strip is provided by Israel, the Occupying Power, and less than 4% of Gaza’s fresh water supply is fit for human use and consumption.

Palestinian Bedouin communities in the Naqab within the Green Line have been significantly affected, where 80,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel have no access to emergency medical services and 56,000 residents of villages unrecognized by Israel have inadequate access to safe, clean running water.

Palestinian refugees residing in overcrowded refugee camps and Palestinian prisoners facing overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in Israeli prisons are rendered more susceptible to the pandemic and denied access to adequate water and sanitation.

Article 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that:

‘To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the co-operation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties.’

That Israel, as Occupying Power, has failed, and is continuing to disregard its obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is borne out not only by the absence of any effort at adopting and applying ‘the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics,’ but by Israel’s discriminatory policies and practices, which actively deny Palestinians access to adequate water and sanitation.

Israeli ‘Water-Apartheid’ constitutes a systemic attack on the Palestinian people’s right to water and sanitation as well as a concerted assault on the broader right of Palestinians to the highest attainable standard of health, at a time of unprecedented global crisis.

Accordingly, Al-Haq calls upon:Third party States, the international community, and private entities to recognise Israeli policies and practices with regards to access to water in the OPT as a gross and systematic denial of the right to health and to water and sanitation,Third party States, the international community to recognise the contributing factor of the construction, and maintenance, of Israel’s institutionalised regime of systematic racial domination and oppression, amounting to the crime of apartheid, over the Palestinian people as a whole.In line with their obligations erga omnes under international law, we urge all States to take positive measures, address the root causes of the apartheid and occupation and to bring this unlawful situation to an end.

~ See the full report here.

(Source / 23.03.2021)

QNN: “Kuwait urges mechanisms to hold Israel accountable for violations”

Geneva (QNN) – Kuwait appealed to the UN Human Rights Council, last week, to activate legal mechanisms to guarantee accountability of the Israeli occupation for continued violations of the Palestinians’ rights and to prevent it from impunity.

In his speech to the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) held from February 22 to March 23, Kuwait’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim said that Kuwait condemns all flagrant violations of international human rights’ laws committed by Israel, the occupying force, against the unarmed Palestinian people.

He said Kuwait calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities so as to guarantee respect for the principles and provisions of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that should be applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

He pointed to seriousness and gravity of the unremitting violations committed by the occupying force, Israel, against the Palestinian people, many of which mounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This requires continued discussion of the deterioration of the human rights’ situation in the occupied Arab territories within the framework of Article 7 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, he pointed out.

Kuwait voiced regret that the international community keeps silent before Israel’s indifference towards international law and the UN resolutions, at a time when all countries are required to take deterrent measures against the Israeli occupation in order to stop committing its crimes against unarmed Palestinian civilians.

Ambassador Al-Ghunaim reiterated that Israel continues to practice the policy of racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, topped with their basic right to life and self-determination, whereas the occupation should end with establishing an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with the UN relevant decisions.

The continuation of Judaizing Jerusalem and changing its historical and religious status, as well as destroying public and private properties and excavations under Al-Aqsa Mosque and other religious places are clear and explicit violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, he made clear. Such acts undermine international efforts aiming to put an end to the occupation and establish a sovereign Palestinian state, he underlined.

Kuwait, he carried on, expresses concern over the Israeli plans aiming to destroy further houses and residential areas in Jerusalem to carry out settlement projects and change demographic status of the city, in addition to strategies to impose temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque that may lead to new waves of conflict and violence.

He said that Kuwait condemns Israeli repeated measures impeding the arrival of coronavirus vaccines provided by the international community to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the besieged Gaza Strip.

He noted that the matter runs counter to humanitarian laws and norms, and is a flagrant violation of the simplest human rights principles and responsibility upon the current occupying authority, in line with the relevant international law provisions.

The Ambassador reiterated that Kuwait supports the Palestinians’ fair cause, which is one the basic constants of Kuwait’s foreign policy.

He affirmed the Palestinian cause will remain on Kuwait’s top priorities and Kuwait’s backing will continue until ending the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories and establishing an independent Palestinian state on its territories with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with the two-state solution, the Arab peace initiative and international legitimacy’s resolutions.

(Source / 23.03.2021)

Save Sheikh Jarrah: The online campaign giving hope to Palestinian refugees in East Jerusalem

Residents of Karm al-Jaouni live under the threat of forcible eviction that would see them replaced by Israeli settlers

At first glance, everything looked seemingly normal in Karm al-Jaouni in the Sheikh Jarrah district, but the clamour of gathering news outlets and legal institutions last week told another story of a neighbourhood in turmoil.

The Sheikh Jarrah district is inhabited by refugees who were expelled from their towns and villages by Zionist militia during the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948. But due to Israel’s push to populate the area with Israeli settlers, Palestinian residents are now, once again, facing the spectre of expulsion.

In an effort to garner international support, activists launched an online campaign, #SaveSheikhJarrah, in Karm al-Jaouni on Monday to help save the residents, who have lived in the neighbourhood for decades, from forcible removable, which many of their neighbours have already endured.

Nabil al-Kurd, a 70-year-old Jerusalemite and resident of Karm al-Jaouni, sees the campaign as a glimmer of hope that could help him retain his current home, and avoid reliving the experience of having been forced out of his family house in Haifa in 1948.

“We want to relay our voices to Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations and international law organisations because all these parties are involved in our issue, which has certainly reached the level of war crime,” he said.

In 1956, the Jordanian government, together with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, reached an agreement to domesticate these families in Jerusalem in return for their UNRWA documents.

Some 28 families were selected and provided with housing units, built by the Jordanian government, for three years, after which the ownership of the property will be automatically theirs. The lease contracts expired in 1959 and the residents became the owners of the property.

However, after the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, with the eastern part of the city coming under Israeli control, the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah district were taken by surprise when two Jewish committees registered their ownership of the 18-dunums of land at the Land Department in 1972.

Thereafter, dozens of judicial cases were raised in Israeli courts, as the 28 nuclear Palestinian families expanded and the number of residents facing eviction in favour of settlers rose to around 600 Palestinians.

In 2019, lawyer Sami Ershied told MEE that Sheikh Jarrah eviction cases are discriminatory because the legal procedures do not take into account that East Jerusalem is an occupied territory.

Under international law, an occupying state cannot forcibly transfer residents of occupied territories because it has an obligation to preserve the demographic composition of the inhabitants.

Another point of contention has been claims made by religious Israelis that a sacred shrine belonging to Shimeon al-Siddiq (founder of the Israelite Tribe of Simeon) is located in the heart of the Karm al-Jaouni district.

Palestinian residents refute this claim, asserting that the shrine is Islamic, and known as the saint Saad al-Din Hijazi, who was buried there 400 years ago, and that “Ottoman maps” prove their narrative.

Relentless harassment
Al-Kurd’s experience with the Israeli occupation is a flagrant example of Palestinians suffering at the hands of settlers.

In 2001, he built a house adjacent to the one he already had, only for Israeli occupation authorities to confiscate the keys to the new house, just four days before he was planning to move in. In 2009, settlers came and occupied the house, turning Kurd’s life into hell.

At the time, al-Kurd erected a tent at the entrance of the house where Palestinian, European and Jewish activists came to demonstrate their support. Settlers harassed the activists by spraying them with spoiled milk, hitting them with rotten fruits, vegetables, and waste and setting rodents on them while they slept.

Five years later, the settlers set fire to the tent and burned it down, but the harassment of the family did not stop, even after the sit-in ended.

“Settlers would take their clothes off and stand at the windows overlooking our home. I had to hang a fabric barrier to protect my wife and daughters,” Nabil said.

“Their dogs attack us, their trash floods the entrance, they have killed the trees and turned the house into ruins.”

Since his retirement several years ago, this elderly Jerusalemite has divided his time between keeping an eye on settlers, lest they suddenly attack his family, and countering the Israeli judicial system.

The Israeli district court has recently issued a verdict giving al-Kurd a grace period to vacate his house before May.

Al-Kurd said that although the settlers lack any proof of ownership of the land, they are adamant to evacuate its residents in accordance with the Judaisation policies in occupied East Jerusalem.

Residents of the neighbourhood, he said, have had no means of defending themselves except resorting to the law, but that avenue has been marred with challenges as the judicial system has repeatedly shown bias toward the settlers.

‘I did not surrender’

The online campaign, which has been trending in both Jordan and Palestine, has given hope to Fawziah al-Kurd, who was forcibly removed from Karm al-Jaouni in 2008, that an international campaign would stop Israel from expelling these refugees for a second time, and allow her to return to her neighbourhood.

Fawziah, who is better known as Um Kamel al-Kurd, said that although it has been 13 years since she was forced to leave, she still visits the place three times a week.

She said she passes by her house, which is currently occupied by settlers, as a show of resilience and to reiterate her refusal to abandon it.

“I lived in the house for 40 years, the last five of which were the hardest because Israelis took half of my house by force before practically throwing me out on the street along with my ailing husband,” Fawziah told MEE.

“Despite all of this, I did not surrender and I lived in a tent adjacent to my house for a whole year.”

Save Sheikh Jarrah
One of the coordinators of #SaveSheikhJarrah, Karmel al-Qasim, who lives in the area, said that his family was given until early May to vacate their house in which they have been living since 1956.

He pointed out that the goal behind the campaign is to convey the voice and the suffering of Karm al-Jaouni residents to the whole world and generate international political pressure to stop the displacement and dispersion of its inhabitants, once again.

“Our one and only demand is to let us live peacefully in our homes just like any normal family anywhere in the world, without the threat of eviction and displacement,” Qasim said.

“Through the #SaveSheikhJarrah campaign, we call upon UNRWA and Jordan to assume their legal and moral responsibilities toward us because we have been living here in compliance with an agreement that both parties reached in the 1950s.”

Karmel said he will not abandon his right to resist the policy of eviction and will continue to follow in the footsteps of his late mother Amal al-Qasim, a refugee who was expelled from Jaffa in 1948.

He, along with his brothers and sisters, intend to stand fast in their neighbourhood, which is strategically located near the Old City of Jerusalem.

Aref Hammad, a member of Sheikh Jarrah Refugees Housing Units Committee, told MEE that the Skafi, Qasim, al-Kurd, al-Jaouni, Hammad, al-Daoudi and al-Dijani families are in the process of filing an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, in a last push in the legal recourse against the eviction verdicts recently issued by the district court.

Hammad said that 169 residents of the neighbourhood have received orders to vacate their homes, including 46 children from 12 different families.

(Source / 23.03.2021)