The occupation municipality removes murals in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan
March 1, 2016

Occupation municipality’s crews along with Israeli forces removed on Sunday some murals drawn on the walls of the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan. Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that the municipality’s contractor along with some workers and Israeli forces raided the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh with some painting tools and removed “murals” drawn on the walls claiming that settlers were annoyed by the drawings and that they have filed an official complaint to the municipality. The center added that the municipality removed the murals of “victory sign and Palestinian flag” while the locals confronted them and prevented them from removing the rest of the murals that were drawn last August. The center also pointed out that the drawings were chosen based upon the desire of the residents of the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh which is targeted the most by the occupation forces and settlement organizations since it is the closest to the southern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is noteworthy that the occupation municipality placed some murals at the entrance of Wadi Hilweh in an attempt to present it as a “Jewish neighborhood for settlers”. The center also pointed out that a group of international artists drew murals in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in partnership and support of Madaa Silwan Creative Center. The murals contained national issues and some of the young Palestinian men’s dreams and hopes. The most significant drawing was the “Fig Tree” as the village of Silwan is famous for planting this tree; 4 Palestinians Martyrs were drawn on the leaves of the fig tree. Another drawing was for “Ein Silwan and Ein Silwan Mosque” that is targeted by Elad settlement organization. Palestinians flags, the slogan of “I Love You Silwan”, the right to return and “Handala” also covered several walls in the neighborhood. A picture of the late Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, was also drawn and some of his poems that emphasize on protecting the land and steadfastness were also written. 12784417_10153299766927466_489440230_n 12782414_10153299766832466_1852718746_n 12767740_10153299766852466_1459707649_n