Occupied Jerusalem – The solidarity activists do not need much time to know that they are about to reach the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, as the smell of sewage receives them tens and perhaps hundreds of meters away, welcoming them in a neighborhood where life was turned upside down about two months ago.
If the visitor succeeds in overcoming the wastewater problem and dealing with it by wearing a mask or something else, he will inevitably fail to enter the neighborhood, which is surrounded by 3 fixed military points and only residents of the neighborhood are allowed to cross, and after scrutiny and a barrage of investigation-like questions. Read also What does the decision of the occupation government not to object to the ruling of the Supreme Court regarding the displacement of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood mean? Sheikh Jarrah.. The story of a neighborhood that has resisted the occupation for decades Witness – Even approaching Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is forbidden.. Al-Jazeera correspondent is harassed by settlers and occupation soldiers After “Sheikh Jarrah”… the tag “Save Silwan Neighborhood” to face a new Israeli displacement campaign in Jerusalem
The effects of the night attacks were evident on the faces of the owners of the land, who are now wishing to sleep without their wish, in light of the escalation of the settler attacks for a week, and who started from the morning to flock to the neighborhood from the most extremist settlements of the West Bank, bringing with them fireworks and pepper spray.
darkness and darkness
The settlers gather in the houses that were seized in 2009 in the neighborhood, and are stationed in their yards and on their roofs, and as darkness falls, they start targeting houses and residents by throwing stones and fireworks and throwing everything that falls under their hands towards them, then they point the finger at the people who are safe in their homes, to start another series of attacks Special forces, police and the occupation army on the homes and their owners.
The 59-year-old nurse, Noha Attia, described what has been happening in the neighborhood for days as a battlefield, and said that she helped 40 people two days ago as a result of the settlers and police attacks on the residents, and despite showing her nursing and ambulance card, she was not allowed to leave her home in the neighborhood to help the injured in nearby homes.
“When I hear the cries of neighbors and solidarity workers and their help due to the repeated injuries, I feel helpless, as I have always been an address to all the residents of the neighborhood, being the only nurse among the residents.”
Noha, who moved to Karam al-Jaouni since 1988 after being married to her refugee husband from Jaffa, confirmed that the last days of Sheikh Jarrah were unprecedented, and that the settlers’ attacks had become more serious to the extent that the women of the neighborhood began to sleep with their headscarves and abayas for fear of a sudden intrusion into homes.
“We sleep for a few hours intermittently and do not leave our homes empty and take turns being there because the situation has become very dangerous, and it seems that the recent attempts to suffocate the residents of the neighborhood with the settlers’ orgy are aimed at intimidating and intimidating them to push them to leave their homes before the date of the Supreme Court hearing on the second of August next.” https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.468.0_en.html#goog_1003229492
Leaving home is a risk
Noha found herself compelled to use the basic needs of her house in order to avoid leaving it, as well as the rest of the neighborhood’s residents, including Saleh Diab (51 years), who was forced to stay with one of his brothers in the family’s home in the Karm al-Jaouni neighborhood, evacuating the children and their ninety-year-old father, whose health condition deteriorated with the repeated inhalation of tear gas. and waste water.
Twenty-four members of the Dhiab refugee family from Jaffa live in a house surrounded by fruit trees, but neither the house’s stones nor the residents have been spared from the recent attacks.
Theyab explained to Al Jazeera Net that the family’s house is illegal for the occupation forces around the clock, as they storm it and wreak havoc in it because the settlers claim that young men are stationed inside it and on its roofs and target them with stones.
“The settler instructs the soldier and directs him where to break into and who to strike, and all of this is done away from the lens of journalists who are banned from entering the neighborhood after being targeted because they have brought our cause to the whole world.”
Theyab describes the neighborhood as a large prison that cramps its owners and those in it daily, amid the orgy of settlers, police and special forces without any deterrent to them.
Saleh and his brother are forced to take turns sleeping, fearing that the settlers will suddenly break into the house and harm them. He says, “I stay up every day until five in the morning and my brother receives my shift, and so on. We live in tragic circumstances and we hope that the nightmare of eviction will leave us forever.”
In addition to Nuha and Saleh, 500 people live in the neighborhood of Karam al-Jaouni, a life dominated by constant concern about the fate of their homes, which are threatened with eviction, and everyone who mixes with the residents of the neighborhood is worried. I asked her, and as she continues to broadcast the cameras around her house for fear that settlers will attack her family in her absence, she rarely leaves her house and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, but she went out today to inspect the graduation gown and take souvenir photos, Mona does not hide her fear of her participation and her family after days in the graduation ceremony and the settlers exploiting their exit From home for hours to seize it, oh God… How can this world understand the Palestinian’s fear of a moment of joy that may turn into a permanent tragedy?”
It is reported that 160 residents of the neighborhood have recently received orders to vacate their homes in favor of settlers, including 46 children. They belong to 12 different families, and the entire neighborhood has a population of 500 Palestinians, including 111 children