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Attempts To Sanitize Forced Displacement In Sheikh Jarrah Are Being Criticized By A Palestinian Activist.
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Attempts To Sanitize Forced Displacement In Sheikh Jarrah Are Being Criticized By A Palestinian Activist.


According to a Palestinian activist who was recently detained and then released by Israeli forces, the international community must cut through the propaganda and recognize the ongoing expulsion of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for what it is.

Mohammed el-Kurd, who has been protesting the Israeli occupation with his twin sister, Muna el-Kurd, since childhood, spoke to Peacock TV's Mehdi Hasan about, among other things, the 23-year-old siblings becoming the unintentional global face of Palestinian resistance and thus being targeted by Israeli forces.

On Sunday, Israeli military forces detained Mohammed and Muna el-Kurd for leading protests against settlers attempting to forcibly remove dozens of Palestinian families from their homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.

Regardless, #SaveSheikhJarrah pic.twitter.com/9iwh34Irtc — Mohammed El-Kurd (@m7mdkurd) May 11, 2021

“There are hundreds and hundreds of Palestinians working tirelessly on the ground, particularly journalists, but also medics and activists,” el-Kurd told Hasan. “We’re very grateful for the reach, and we hope that our voices can amplify the Palestinian cause and fight for Palestinian liberation, but I also want to highlight the hundreds of Palestinians who have been killed.

El-Kurd described the arrests as a "clear intimidation tactic" that follows the Israeli forces' "campaign of mass incarceration under the guise of law and order" to suppress any resistance to "colonial violence via home expulsions, home demolitions, or bombing of innocent civilians."

Despite agreeing to a cease-fire with Gaza militant group Hamas, Israel has continued its campaign to displace Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. The campaign is part of a system of Israeli laws aimed at increasing the number of Jews and decreasing the number of Palestinians in Israel.

Israeli settlers have been removing families from densely populated Palestinian neighborhoods in the so-called Holy Basin just outside the walls of the Old City for decades. In the late nineteenth century, two Jewish religious associations purchased the land now known as Sheikh Jarrah but never built on it.

During the 1948 war that followed Israel's creation, Jordan took ownership of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including Sheikh Jarrah. Because the war resulted in the Nakba, when approximately 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes as a result of Israel's statehood, Jordan used the land now known as Sheikh Jarrah to settle Palestinian refugees and built h

The Israeli Knesset, or parliament, passed a law just three years later that allowed Jews who fled or were expelled from East Jerusalem in 1948 to reclaim their land, a right denied to Palestinians who fled or were expelled from Israel during the same war.

The Jerusalem District Court ruled in February that residents of four houses in Sheikh Jarrah, totaling six families and 27 people, could be forcibly evicted; the families appealed, and the case is now before the Israeli Supreme Court, which has been delaying a ruling but has scheduled a hearing for July 20.

According to Mohammed el-Kurd, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah should seek redress in Israeli courts over their forced displacement.

“It is inconceivable for us to seek justice from our oppressors,” he said, adding that the international community should hold Israel accountable and end its impunity.

Journalist @m7mdkurd and his sister were detained by Israeli police this weekend for reporting on the situation in Sheikh Jarrah. Mehdi asks him: What message, if any, would you give to US Secretary of State Tony Blinken? Listen to his response: pic.twitter.com/sL5SX9sYyz — The Mehdi Hasan Show (@MehdiHasanShow)

The el-Kurd family lost half of their property to settlers in 2009, when the two Jewish associations sold Sheikh Jarrah to a settler group owned by the United States-based Nahalat Shimon International. Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah residents have reported violence and intimidation from new settlers, and the el-Kurds are now facing eviction from the other half of their property.

“It is very clear that the Israeli propaganda machine, whether it is the attorney general or people funded by the Israeli government, has been working very hard to frame this as a ‘property dispute,’ as a ‘real estate dispute,’ in order to depoliticize the active state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing that is taking place for us in Sheikh Jarrah, for people in Silwan, for people in Isawiya, for people in Jaffa, for p

“However, it isn't apolitical.”

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene.

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene..You'd never have them detain Palestinian activists like my sister and me.

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene..You'd never have them detain Palestinian activists like my sister and me..You wouldn't find prominent Israeli right-wing politicians setting up shop in Sheikh Jarrah, either.

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene..You'd never have them detain Palestinian activists like my sister and me..You wouldn't find prominent Israeli right-wing politicians setting up shop in Sheikh Jarrah, either..So, clearly, this is a legalized form of ethnic cleansing.

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene..You'd never have them detain Palestinian activists like my sister and me..You wouldn't find prominent Israeli right-wing politicians setting up shop in Sheikh Jarrah, either..So, clearly, this is a legalized form of ethnic cleansing..It is also taking place in Silwan, where people are not being evicted by U.

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene..You'd never have them detain Palestinian activists like my sister and me..You wouldn't find prominent Israeli right-wing politicians setting up shop in Sheikh Jarrah, either..So, clearly, this is a legalized form of ethnic cleansing..It is also taking place in Silwan, where people are not being evicted by U..a formalized paraphrase

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene..You'd never have them detain Palestinian activists like my sister and me..You wouldn't find prominent Israeli right-wing politicians setting up shop in Sheikh Jarrah, either..So, clearly, this is a legalized form of ethnic cleansing..It is also taking place in Silwan, where people are not being evicted by U..a formalized paraphrase.They are dispossessed by the Israeli occupation municipality itself, despite the fact that they are registered settler organizations.

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene..You'd never have them detain Palestinian activists like my sister and me..You wouldn't find prominent Israeli right-wing politicians setting up shop in Sheikh Jarrah, either..So, clearly, this is a legalized form of ethnic cleansing..It is also taking place in Silwan, where people are not being evicted by U..a formalized paraphrase.They are dispossessed by the Israeli occupation municipality itself, despite the fact that they are registered settler organizations..Just because an evil act can be legalized does not make it less evil.

“However, it isn't apolitical.”.What is going on is very political, because if it weren't political, Israeli occupation forces wouldn't be assaulting and arresting journalists and removing medics from the scene..You'd never have them detain Palestinian activists like my sister and me..You wouldn't find prominent Israeli right-wing politicians setting up shop in Sheikh Jarrah, either..So, clearly, this is a legalized form of ethnic cleansing..It is also taking place in Silwan, where people are not being evicted by U..a formalized paraphrase.They are dispossessed by the Israeli occupation municipality itself, despite the fact that they are registered settler organizations..Just because an evil act can be legalized does not make it less evil.."

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