After Sumrain, who is next? Ethnic cleansing in Silwan – Palestine


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Friday, 18 November, 2011 | Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC)

100% of Silwan’s Palestinian residents view the coming eviction of the Sumrain family in Wadi Hilweh as a disaster for the neighborhood, a Silwanic poll found. The opinion poll, conducted with residents of Silwan on 13 November on the possible transferal of the house to settler ownership, found a common fear throughout the village of what the eviction might implicate for their futures.

Those interviewed state that the house’s strategic location makes it a key prize in Israeli settler groups’ quest for control of the village. Should settlers succeed in taking the house, it will further increase the harassment and danger residents suffer at the hands of settler security guards, and further degrade what remains of their privacy, as settler surveillance camera networks are bound to be expanded.
The poll found that the Sumrain family’s home had become a symbol in many residents’ minds as a tipping point in the struggle for Silwan. Many expressed fears that a successful eviction would “double” settlers’ confidence and intent to take the entire neighborhood, fueling further excavations at the City of David settlement and other physical takeovers.

Residents also expressed an urgent need to remain unified in the face of increased pressure of settler takeover and a need to stay informed of the settlers’ agenda.

Wadi Hilweh niegbourhood in Silwan

One interviewed stated that “we shouldn’t forget that settlers are supported by not only the Israeli state, but also the United States, while we, the Palestinians, stand alone. Our utmost hope is only to earn a living, while they seek to take our properties from under our feet. It is an extremely hard situation, but we will never give up.”

Source and more at the Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem.




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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.



Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine



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