Encircled by the separation barrier, threatened with demolition orders, and deemed illegal aliens in their own homes, the residents of the Palestinian village of Walajeh are fighting for their lives. From the village of Walajeh, one can see much of Jerusalem. The round roof of Teddy Stadium, where the city’s soccer teams play. The towers of the Holyland luxury apartment complex, looming over the surrounding, low-slung buildings. The square, sandstone houses of the city’s southern neighborhoods. And from much of Jerusalem, one can see Walajeh. The deep green hills where the separation barrier — glinting razor wire and dull, grey concrete…Read More... | 2 Comments
The JNF has been trying to evict the Sumarin familiy from their home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan for decades. An international campaigned stopped the eviction in 2011. Now, the family is threatened again. Several dozen Israeli and international activists demonstrated outside the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Jerusalem offices Wednesday, protesting its role in the eviction of a Palestinian family from Silwan, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem. [tmwinpost] The JNF, through a subsidiary called Himnuta, has been attempting to evict the Sumarin family for decades. In 1991, after the JNF received land and houses in Silwan from the Israeli government,…Read More... | 3 Comments
Corruption does not begin with Netanyahu's cigars or pink champagne. It begins with an ideological system that sees entire segments of the population as undesirable and unnecessary, and as temporary residents in their own homes. Last night, a striking episode in Amnon Levy’s documentary series, “The Real Faces,” aired on TV. The episode followed the residents of the Tel Kabir, Givat Amal, and HaArgazim neighborhoods, whom the government has designated as trespassers in their own homes. The government is now trying to evict them, to the benefit of real estate tycoons. [tmwinpost] Yesterday, a court in Be’er Sheva convicted Sheikh…Read More...
In the latest of a number of home takeovers in Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, settlers took up residence in a home they said belonged to Jews before the establishment of the state of Israel. A group of Israeli settlers moved into an apartment building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Thursday. The group of at least 20 belongs to the Ateret Cohanim settler organization, which purchases properties in neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and has taken legal action in order to evict the Palestinian owners of those buildings. In this latest case, it claimed that the white stone,…Read More... | 15 Comments
The first-hand story of eviction in one of Tel Aviv's poorest neighborhoods. ‘They are trying to frighten us,’ someone said, and everyone crowded together and held each other even tighter. Then a sledgehammer punched a hole in the drywall. We didn't expect them to enter that way, the way soldiers did in Jenin during Operation Protective Shield. First there were the noises. "They're coming!" and "Police!" Those who holed themselves up in the Hakak family home, where I was also waiting, raced to close and lock the steel security door. And then silence. "Don't stand near the door," warned one woman.…Read More... | 15 Comments
The Bedouin village of Al-Arakib has been demolished 63 times since 2010. Now it's dealing with its latest challenge: eviction orders for the deceased. By Michal Rotem (translated by Yehudit Keshet) On May 21, 2014, eight eviction orders were placed on structures in the cemetery of Al-Arakib, a Bedouin village in the Negev that has been demolished over 60 times. The evictions are to take place between June 12 and July 12 – what's known as a “flexible eviction.” However, some of the eviction orders were also issued against people who are no longer living, and are buried in the…Read More...
Needy families in municipal housing are being left with no options. Most of the families being kicked out of their homes are current or former municipal employees. (Click the text box on the bottom right of the video to activate subtitles.) The Gefen neighborhood, also known as Geulim Housing Project, is a number of two-story buildings built by the municipality of Ramat Gan during the 1940s to house needy families. For decades the project was used as a home for families entitled to municipal housing solutions, mainly: single mothers, pensioners and disabled individuals who can not afford high rates of rent…Read More... | 4 Comments
Ahead of High Court case, authors sign petition, tour south Hebron Hills villages in support of one thousand residents facing possible eviction. Twenty-four prominent Israeli writers recently signed a petition in support of Palestinians in danger of eviction from their homes in the South Hebron Hills. Next to Israeli activists, foreign journalists and Palestinian residents, four of the petition signers stood out on Tuesday as they toured three villages in Israel’s line of fire. “We cannot bring peace today. But the least we can do is to expose and condemn ‘small’ local outrages,” the petition, drafted by David Grossman, reads.…Read More... | 6 Comments
Just Vision's Peabody Award winning film, My Neigbhourhood (directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi), tells the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah whose family is forced to share a section of their home with Israeli settlers. Mohammed comes-of-age in the midst of unrelenting tension with his neighbors and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard. The struggle against evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah returned this week as the Shamasneh family stands to lose its home, which would be the neighborhood’s first eviction since 2009. An Israeli…Read More... | 12 Comments
Two more Palestinian families from East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood received this week eviction orders. According to Haaretz's report, the families were requested to leave their houses within 45 days. No alternative residency was offered to them. "Failure to comply [with the order] will force my client to act against you with all means available according to the law [...] in such a way as may cause distress, anxiety and large and unnecessary expense," the notices said. The lawyer who served the order, Anat Paz of law firm Eitan Gabay, informed the families they would be liable to a fine…Read More...
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