Solidarity with families in Sheikh Jarrah
We, the undersigned, emphasize and reiterate the right of Palestinians in Jerusalem to stay in their homes, and declare our rejection and opposition to Israel's colonization policies. We are aware that this is part of Israel's wider plan to implant and expand settlements in Occupied East Jerusalem and to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their land, notably in and around the Old City, Silwan, Wadi Al Joz, the Mount of Olives and Ras Alamoud, thus encircling the city. The ultimate goal is to evict the Palestinians from Jerusalem and annex the land in yet another wave of ethnic cleansing. We call on our political factions and the international community to rise up and support the Palestinians of East Jerusalem in their struggle against injustice and displacement. The Hannoun family are one of 27 families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem facing eviction from their homes as part of a plan to implant a new Jewish settlement in the area. The family are refugees from 1948, after being displaced from their home in Haifa during the Nakba, and currently consist of 18 people, 6 of whom are children. They have lived in Sheikh Jarrah since 1956 when the Jordanian Government and UNRWA gave them their houses as part of a project to house Palestinians forced to flee their homes. Israel's actions against the families constitute blatant violations of International law, notably the 4th Geneva Convention, which obligated the occupying authority, Israel, to maintain the geographic and demographic shape of occupied East Jerusalem. Now all legal avenues have been exhausted, the families last hope is international pressure to stop the evictions. We ask our governments and the international community to stand up for the legal and human rights of the families and oppose the evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and the wider policy of ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem.