Shaykh Jarrah: A Struggle for Survival
Keyword: 
Shaykh Jarrah
Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem
Shimon HaTzadik
Holy Basin
displacement of Palestinians
Mufti of Jerusalem
Abstract: 

Tens of Palestinian refugee families face eviction from their homes in Jerusalem’s Shaykh Jarrah neighborhood after the claim that the land on which their house was built in 1956 belonged to Jewish owners prior to 1948. Israeli law allows Jews to reclaim their properties within the 1967 occupied territories, but denies Palestinians the same right, despite the fact that, according to Israeli law, both Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem live under Israeli jurisdiction. By clearly exposing Israel’s apartheid policies, the struggle waged by this small Shaykh Jarrah neighborhood of twenty-eight houses could begin a new era in the Jerusalem front line of the Palestinian-Israel conflict.

Author biography: 

Nazmi Jubeh is associate professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, Birzeit University.

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