Israel is on a rampage in East Jerusalem, destroying Palestinian homes every week, while at the same time announcing new homes for Jews only. It is part of a program which Israel officially calls “Judaization”. In effect, it is a kind of “ethnic cleansing”. Palestinians are not killed, of course, just forced to leave their homes, in an effort to remake the traditionally multiethnic and multireligious city of Jerusalem into a “Jewish City” and the capital of the Jewish State. For Canadian Friends of Peace Now, a liberal Zionist organization, things are going too far. Check out their webinar on Sunday February 21. Read more…
“Over 1,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are under imminent threat of being thrown out of their homes,” according to Canadian Friends of Peace Now. (CFPN). “Israeli settlers, supported by governmental bodies, are utilizing unjust and out-dated laws to gain title to properties in the historic Palestinian neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. A growing number of families are being served with eviction notices.”
The Threat of Mass Palestinian Displacement in East Jerusalem A CFPN webinar, Sunday, February 21, 1:00 p.m. To register click here
Hagit Ofran, widely recognized as one of Israel’s foremost experts on the settlement enterprise will discuss the settlement-related issues in East Jerusalem. “Hagit is utterly brilliant, deeply principled, intellectually honest, and knows more about settlers/settlements and the legal/bureaucratic mechanisms behind them than anyone. Any opportunity to hear her and learn from her should be seized!“, says Lara Friedman of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP).
Hagit will be joined by Kutaybah Odeh, a Palestinian Silwan resident facing eviction to explain “how the system is stacked against the Palestinians, the hardships they suffer, what the settlers aim to achieve and the wider consequences of their actions.”
But in fact it’s more than just a “system stacked against the Palestinians.” It’s a system which is illegal under international law, and which Israel has arbitrarily imposed upon them.
The “Judaization of Jerusalem” actually began in 1948… and continues to this day
According to the 1947 UN Partition plan, which divided historic Palestine into a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State’, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and surrounding area had a special status. It was not to be part of either state, but a special entity under international auspicies to guarantee access to the city holy to the 3 Abrahamic religions – Chrisitianity, Judaism and Islam. The area was to be a neutral zone, which the UN called a “corpus separatum”.
But the Zionist forces were not content with sharing. They wanted to make Jerusalem their capital and pressed on their military advantage eventually taking over West Jerusalem from which they expelled most of the Palestinians. (see video below with George Baramke, expelled along with his family in 1948 from a wealthy area of Jerusalem)
In Israel and the occupied territories, Jews can recover property they lost in 1947-1948, but non-Jews cannot.
After 1967, Israel took over the rest of Jerusalem and ever since has continued a program of “Judaization” of Jerusalem, which consists of pushing out Palestinians and building more and more accomodation reserved for Jews. That process has intensified in recent years.
The Zionist dream of making Jerusalem into a purely Jewish city has not diminished. The CFPN webinar will bring us up to date on the most recent developments and the imminent threat to thousands of Palestinians.
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