Palestinian Activist Criticizes Attempts To Sanitize Forced Displacement In Sheikh Jarrah


Mohamed al-Kurd, who was recently detained, told journalist Mehdi Hassan, “Just because you can legitimize an evil deed is no less evil.”

A Palestinian activist who was recently arrested and then freed by the Israeli military said on Monday that the international community should cut through the propaganda and recognize the continued expulsion of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood that what it really is.

Mohamed al-Kurd, who has opposed Israeli occupation with his twin sister Muna al-Kurd since childhood, In conversation with Mehdi Hassan of Peacock TV Among other things, the 23-year-old siblings inadvertently become the global face of Palestinian resistance and are thus being targeted by Israeli forces.

Both Mohammed and Muna al-Kurdi was temporarily detained by Israeli military forces Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday for major protests against settlers trying to forcibly evict dozens of Palestinian families from their homes and sylvan neighborhood occupied East Jerusalem. Although al-Kurdso have spent most of their lives nonviolently documenting their struggles as Palestinians In Sheikh Jarrah, both brother and sister went viral last month separately for their activism.

“Hundreds and hundreds of Palestinians are working tirelessly on the ground – especially journalists, and doctors and activists who are doing just as much,” al-Kurd told Hassan. “We are very grateful for the outreach, and we hope that our voices can elevate the Palestinian cause and the fight for Palestinian liberation, but I also want to highlight the hundreds of Palestinians who have been arrested over the past week. That’s tens that were arrested right after my release. It’s not an anomaly. It doesn’t start or end with my sister and me.”

Al-Kurd said the arrests were “an obvious tactic of intimidation”, which he said was a “campaign of mass confinement in the name of law and order” against any form of “colonial violence through domestic expulsion”. To suppress the resistance. Or house ransacking or bombing of innocent civilians.”

The evictions helped ignite a deadly 11-day attack on Gaza last month. But despite Israel agreeing to a ceasefire with the Gaza terrorist group Hamas, the Israeli government continues its campaign To displace Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. The campaign is part of a system of Israeli laws working to increase the number of Jews and reduce the number of Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories – a system that many human rights group says meet Definition of apartheid.


Israeli settlers have been trying for decades to move families from densely populated Palestinian areas into the so-called Holy Basin outside the old city walls. Two Jewish religious associations bought the land now known as Sheikh Jarrah in the late 19th century, but never built on it.

during the 1948 war who follows the creation of Israel, Jordan took ownership of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including Sheikh Jarrah. because the war resulted What is known as Naqbas When approximately 700,000 Palestinians either fled or were expelled from their homes as a result of the State of Israel, Jordan used the land now known as Sheikh Jarrah to settle Palestinian refugees, and in 1956 for 28 Palestinian families there. Build a house

During the 1967 war, Israel occupied and annexed East Jerusalem in a move that violated international law. The Israeli Knesset, or parliament, passed a law just three years later that allowed Jews to flee or be expelled from East Jerusalem in 1948 to reclaim their land. Palestinians denied a right Those who fled or were expelled from Israel during the same war. This means Israeli Jews can register as Sheikh Jarrah landlords, but Palestinian refugees living there cannot do so for their pre-1948 property, leading to forced evictions.

In February, the Jerusalem District Court The ruling ruled that residents of four houses in Sheikh Jarrah – amounting to six families and 27 people – could be forcibly evicted. The families appealed the case that has now made its way to Israel’s Supreme Court, which is delaying a decision but has a hearing scheduled for July 20. Israel’s Attorney General announced on Monday that he would not interfere in the case, which human rights and civil rights groups say does not show positive results for other Palestinian families who have been threatened with expulsion.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah should settle their case of forced displacement in Israeli courts. But such an idea is “unthinkable” according to Mohamed al-Kurd.

“It is impossible for us to seek justice from our abusers,” he said. “I think the international community must hold Israel accountable and end its impunity.”

The al-Kurd family lost half its property to settlers in 2009 after two Jewish associations sold it to Sheikh Jarrah. For a settler group owned by US-based Nahalat Simeon International. Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah residents have reported experiencing violence and intimidation from the new settlers. Now al-Kurds are facing removal from another part of their assets.

“This Israeli propaganda machine is very clear, be it the Attorney General or the people controlled by the Israeli government, trying really hard to frame this as a ‘property dispute’ as a ‘real estate dispute’ Al-Kurd said on the “Mehdi Hassan Show”, of the active state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing happening for us in Sheikh Jarrah, for the people in Sylvan, for the people in Isavia, for the people in Jaffa, for the people in Lifta. to politicize. “

“But it’s not apolitical. What’s happening is very political, because if it weren’t political, you wouldn’t have the Israeli occupation forces attacking and arresting journalists, removing medics from the scene. My sister and I will not allow Palestinian activists to be detained. You will not have prominent Israeli right-wing politicians setting up their offices in Sheikh Jarrah. So this is clearly a legitimate method of ethnic cleansing. This is happening in Sylvan as well. where people are not evicted by US-registered settler organizations, they are evicted by an Israeli-occupied municipality. Just because you can legitimize an evil act is no less evil. “

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