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WATCH: 'My Neighbourhood' - the human impact of settlements in Sheikh Jarrah

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 court is expected to order their eviction on Monday.

A number of films from Israel and Palestine have raised international awareness of the occupation and issues developing on the ground this year (5 Broken Cameras and The Gatekeepers). Considering that the Peabody Awards ceremony falls on the same day that the Shamasneh stands to be ordered out of their home, can international attention surrounding My Neighborhood impact reality on the ground?

Watch My Neighbourhood in full:

Spotlight on Sheikh Jarrah
No happy ending: Film documents the struggle in Sheikh Jarrah

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    1. Nothing about Israel has influenced me more than this. And I have been to Israel and been exposed to a lot. But I never saw people evicted from their own homes. Nothing is more sacred than a person’s home. And any person who is willing to evict a person from her home is totally devoid of humanity. No such people can continue to exist for that long; maybe a few more decades, but not much more than that. The people of the earth will not remain asleep for that long. And when they wake up, Israel will become even more of a pariah than was South Africa during apartheid.

      The only thing that doesn’t make me very angry or filled with despair that such people can arise from the Nazi treatment of the Jews, is that I know that God is in charge, and that every single one of those Zionists inwardly becomes more and more miserable over time. Every single one of the ten commandments is being broken by these criminals. It is the ultimate of hutzpah that they have the gaul to claim this is following God’s will.

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    2. tod

      This movie about Sheilk Jarrah is really important. Let’s wait for the comments of our enlighted fascists (Kolumn, Trespasser, Shmuel&co)

      Shahid, the article doesn’t prove what you claim; moreover with your smart sentences you are just helping the persons that you think you are fighting. Think twice.

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    3. Zach

      Israelis were evicted from Gush Katif forcibly

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    4. shmuel

      yes zach, they were in great percentage settlers arrived there (again in great percentage) thanks to Yigal Allon.
      Excluded kfar darom, such new settlements were not different from the others in the West bank. Moreover, settlers were resettled in Israel.
      We have 700thousands palestinian refugees and few hundreds israelis evicted from the last little strip of land in palestinian hands. do you notice any difference?

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      • XYZ

        When the Jews were expelled from Gush Katif, those Israelis who supported it said they expellees should look no it merely as “a change in address”. Since the Palestinian refugees in 1948 were merely moving a few kilometers from their homes into the neighboring Gaza Strip or West Bank or Syria or Lebanon, all of which a close-by Arab states inhabited by their Arab brothers, maybe we could say the Palestinians should similarly change their view of the Nakba to just a minor “change of address”, too.

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        • Haifawi

          So lets give the Palestinians Israeli citizenship instead of cynically exploiting the opportunity to continue the status quo then.

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        • Two points. One, the residents of Gush Katif – citizens with full rights under the law – made a conscious choice to settle in Gaza in the explicit knowledge that the community was regarded as illegal under international law. The same can’t be said for Palestinians who were thrown out in the Nakba, who had lived in those homes for generations and who received no pledge of compensation, new housing, or assistance of any kind.

          Two, there can be no doubt that the dismantling of Gush Katif was distressing for the inhabitants and handled unfairly in the aftermath (especially with regard to how the settlers were compensated). But this shouldn’t come as any surprise, because it’s exactly the type of behaviour and thinking that such aggressive nationalism encourages: if people are no longer beneficial to the overall project (whether because they’re the wrong ethnicity entirely, or simply because they’ve outlived their usefulness) there is no incentive to behave well by them. As far as the government was concerned, the Gaza settlers had outlived their usefulness. That was that.

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    5. I have never seen Muslims stand up for non-Muslims. Yet I have seen (here) Jews stand up for the rights of Muslims, and Christians stand up for Muslim rights as well, in other places. Just an observation.

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      • Leen

        Then, you don’t know a lot of Muslims.

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      • Leen

        Although judging from your website, you don’t seem to like Muslims very much.

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    6. carl

      Davison&friends above,
      Perhaps it is important to remember that the houses in question were built during the Jordanian regime on an olive grove (no “jewish houses” were taken by Pals).
      They were proposed as a solution for accommodating Palestinian refugees who lost their homes in various parts of Israel in 1948. The ownership of the lots is disputed.
      The original owners of those houses, the Sephardic Community Committee, has this right forever. There is no judge in Jerusalem who can explain this double standard, this racist right of return for Jews only. Why is the Sephardic Community Committee allowed, and the committee of Palestinians not?
      If the stealers-settlers can claim houses in east Jerusalem, Pals can claim houses in west Jerusalem.

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