Silwan settlers against freedom of speech

Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 | 18:49 | « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — The settler organization Elad recently filed a libel suit against several Solidarity activists, following the movement’s campaign in the village of Silwan during the recent Passover holiday. In the course of Passover, Solidarity offered the tourists visiting “City of David”, a renowned archeological site run by Elad, information leaflets pointing to the grave political implications of Elad’s activity in specific, and of the Jewish settlement in Silwan in general. In addition, Solidarity joined the Wadi-Hilwan information center in conducting alternative guided tours inside the “City of David” site and through the village of Silwan,

Interestingly, the suit filed by Elad refrains from confronting any of the facts or arguments, posed by Solidarity during the Passover campaign, but rather focuses on one minor claim. According to Elad’s version, Solidarity activists allegedly argued that Elad is the employer of armed guards who were involved in several violent incidents against Palestinian residents of Silwan, whereas these guards are in fact employed by the Israeli Ministry of Housing.

The law suite is yet another in a line of attempts by ELAD to silence its political adversaries by manipulating legal proceedings. Solidarity believes that in this case, similar to what has happened in the past, this legal proceeding will further expose some of Elad’s operational methods in Silwan, as well as its intricate connections to Israel’s law and order authorities.

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