World Bulletin / News Desk
A group of Jewish extremists on Tuesday broke into the closed part of Al-Kurds house which owned by an 85-year-old Kurd woman in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied east Jerusalem, in a systematic campaign to drive them out of their homelands.
The house, built 10 years ago by the al-Kurd family, is the seventh this year to be siezed by Jewish settlers.
The extremists attacked the house, under Israeli military and police cover, while they aim to seize the house.
The houses in a Palestinian district now fly the "Israeli flag" and are covered by armed Israelis.
Israeli police blocked members of the Al-Kurd family from entering the area as a dozen Israeli men tossed belongings into the rain-swept yard.
"It's clear to me that this is another case of settlers taking the law into their own hands," said Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann of Rabbis for Human Rights, an Israeli group that opposes Palestinian home evictions and demolitions.
"It's just another step-by-step way of pushing them (the Palestinians) out," he said.
Grenimann said 29 members of the al-Kurd family lived in the house evicted on Tuesday.
The house is located within the neighborhood of 28 Jerusalemite houses at risk of deportation and expulsion, due to Jewish extremists claims of owning of the land on which the houses were built on.
"They can go to Syria, Iraq, Jordan. We are six million and they are billions," said Yehya Gureish, an Arabic-speaking Yemen-born Jew.
"This land is Israel. We are in Israel. God gave this land to the Jews. The Torah tells us so. You want war? Declare war on God, not on us," he said.
"I am Jerusalemite, a Palestinian. I didn't come from all over the world," said Rifka al-Kurd, who had the house built 10 years ago for her married daughter.
A group of Orthodox Jewish extremists watched the scene from the rooftop of a nearby house they also siezed in early August, on the same day as its Palestinian residents were removed out onto the street. An Israeli flag fluttered from the roof.
Also watching were members of the al-Ghawi family, who have symbolically camped on the sidewalk next to their former home for three months in a protest against removal. Their tent was broken up by Israeli police last week but they set it up again.
The home takeover was filmed by an activist from the International Solidarity Movement, whose video includes some cursing and a brief scuffle.
All these removals continue although the United States and the United Nations said have demanded Israel stop removing Palestinians in East Jerusalem or demolishing their homes.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Kasım 2009, 12:25