Sit-ins against the Israeli policies in Silwan
April 1, 2016

The locals of Silwan organized on Friday sit-ins in the neighborhoods of Batn Al-Hawa and Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan to condemn the systematic Israeli policies against the locals through the distribution of demolition and eviction orders, arresting young men and children and establishing checkpoints in the streets of the village.

During the sit-ins, the occupation forces attempted to provoke the participants by being stationed near them, filming and harassing them.

Batn Al-Hawa

Participants in the neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa raised banners with slogans written in Arabic, Hebrew and English saying “Our souls are cheap in the sake of our homes…we will give anything for our homes, even our souls”.

Participants explained that the sit-in was organized against the policy of displacing the residents following claims that the lands are owned by Jews from Yemen. The settlement organization Ateerat Cohanim had distributed judicial orders to several families to evacuate their home claiming that the lands where their home are built are owned by Jews. The families are currently fighting their cases in the Israeli courts to prove their ownership.

The locals of Batn Al-Hawa confirmed their steadfastness in their lands which represent “safety and security” for them being their grandparents’ lands which are close to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Ein Al-Lozeh

In the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh, participants raised banners saying “Stop demolishing homes…Stop playing with fire Nir Barakat and the Jerusalem municipality…our homes are our lives…demolishing homes is racism and terrorism”.

The occupation has been targeting the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh through daily raids and establishing checkpoints in the streets of the neighborhood as well as targeting homes with rubber bullets and terrifying locals with sound grenades. The municipality has also been targeting Ein Al-Lozeh through daily raids and issuing fines to merchants and handing administrative demolition orders to the residents under the pretext of building without a permit.

During the sit-in, clashes broke out between the soldiers and young men in Hosh Abu Tayeh and the forces ascended the roofs of residential homes.

The forces also assaulted two children while walking in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh.