House of mourning dedicated to martyr Husam Rwidy consecrated in Al-Bustan « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Sunday, 20 February, 2011 | 22:02

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — Residents of Silwan constructed a house of mourning dedicated to local martyr Husam Hussein Rwidy yesterday, 19 February, in the Al-Bustan protest tent. The ceremony was attended by a number of representatives of various popular committees and civil society institutions of Silwan village, as well as dozens of Palestinian political figures.
Speakers representing Palestinian communities from both within and outside Silwan expressed their support to Rwidy’s family and praised their incredible steadfastness, illustrated by their determination to bury his body in the cemetary close to Al-Aqsa mosque, the sole cemetary in his home of Silwan. Speakers also denounced the racist brutality that Rwidy fell victim to on 11 February and also applauded the steadfastness of the Palestinians of Al-Quds, the holy city, despite living under sustained attack (and threat of attack) from both the Israeli state and extremist groups and individuals.

Rwidy was murdered on 11 Feburary on St George Street in West Jerusalem after he sustained multiple stab wounds when he and his friend were attacked by a gang of right-wing extremist Israelis. The tragic incident is not the first of its kind, with many Palestinian youths subjected to verbal and physical harassment in West Jerusalem, many of them documented by Silwanic, and betraying racial motivations.

The family of Rwidy has also been subjected to pressure and harassment by the Israeli authorities, who initially refused to bury him in the Aab al-Rahma cemetary and also attempted to impose arbitrary restrictions on his burial and the route and time of the funeral, as well as how many attendants were permitted and permission to bring his body to Al-Aqsa Mosque before burial.






House of mourning dedicated to martyr Husam Rwidy consecrated in Al-Bustan « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem.


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