Video: Girl rapper tells of sharing stairs to her Jerusalem house with Jewish settlers who flash pistols By Annie Robbins

23 October 2013 — Mondoweiss

This is a short film produced by Defence for Children Palestine. Tayma ‘Fteiha is a 13-year-old girl rapper who must share the steps to her home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, with settlers who have colonized her neighborhood and aim to demolish Palestinians houses. They flash their pistols at her as they walk up the steps. She says she feels “crushed” every time she leaves her house. Continue reading this...

PCHR_e Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03- 09 January 2013)

10 January 2013Palestinian Centre for Human Rights LTD (non-profit)


Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)


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Ethnic Cleansing in a Zionist Fairyland By Vacy Vlazna

10 February 2012 — Palestine Chronicle

Silwan: Steadfastness are synonymous in the Palestinian soul. (Press TV)

‘De-Arabizing the history of Palestine is another crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and culture in Palestine are trivialized, evidence of its existence is being destroyed and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the ancient Hebrew civilization and today’s Israel. The most glaring example of this today is in Silwan, (Wadi Hilwe) a town adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem with some 50,000 residents.  Israel is expelling families from Silwan and destroying their homes because it claims that king David built a city there some 3000 years ago. Thousands of families will be made homeless so that Israel can build a park to commemorate a king that may or may not have lived 3000 years ago. Not a shred of historical evidence exists that can prove King David ever lived yet Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly along with their schools and mosques, churches and ancient cemeteries and any evidence of their existence must be destroyed and then denied so that Zionist claims to exclusive rights to the land may be substantiated.’Miko Peled, Israeli dissident.

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Land Research Center: Increasing Attacks on Jerusalemites and their Properties in October 2011

16 November 2011

October, 2011, has witnessed radical escalations and a brutal assault against Palestinians and their properties all around the West Bank especially the Occupied City of Jerusalem.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 26 December, 2010: MK: World may recognize Palestine soon

26 December, 2010 — VTJP


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Palestinian Youth Assaulted Near Nablus For Not Understanding Hebrew
IMEMC – 26 Dec 2010 – Monday December 27, 2010 – 01:39, Israeli soldiers stationed at the Za’tara Roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, stopped three Palestinian youths and violently assaulted one of them for not understanding them when they spoke to him in Hebrew.

Lieberman: “P.A. An Illegal Entity, Not Interested In Peace”
IMEMC – 26 Dec 2010 – Monday December 27, 2010 – 01:22, Israeli Foreign Minister, a leader of the fundamentalist Israel Beiteinu Party, claimed Sunday that the Palestinian Authority (P.A) is not interested in peace with Israel, and stated that the P.A is an illegal entity.

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24-12-10 – Demonstration against Political persecution and Oppression in Silwan

24 December, 2010 — Youtube

The armed forces announced their intention to employ against Adnan Gheith, a political and community activist and a resident of Silwan the extreme and draconian mean of restricting him from his community, home, family and livelihood for the duration of four months, due to his participation in the democratic protest against the Jewish settlement enterprise in Silwan.

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Since the killing of Silwan resident Samer Sarhan by a security guard of the right-wing association Elad, the Israeli authorities and armed forces have stepped up their campaign of repression in Silwan, employing ever harsher means. The last step taken against Gheith is meant to break down the legitimate and non violent protest taking place in the village against the settlements and house demolitions.

Gheith is a member of the Al-Bustan Neighbourhood Committee, a neighbourhood whose houses the municipality want to demolish in favour of another compound the will serve Jewish settlement in the village. Gheith and his comrades have been leading for the past two years the non violent struggle against these intentions, and put up the protest tent in the neighbourhood. Gheith’s restriction is a warning sign for us all. Residents of Silwan and maybe any resident of East Jerusalem, who dare to speak up against the brutal settlements enterprise, may find themselves arrested or restricted. Last Friday Gheith and his comrades from Silwan joined the vigil in Sheikh Jarrah and invited to join them this Friday in Silwan.

Video: Settler Attacks on Wheels By Yousef

8 October, 2010 — Jerusalem Fund

settler-car.jpgA well-known leader of an Israeli settlement in Jerusalem, who generally works to get rid of Palestinians by expanding his settlement onto Palestinian land, took his actions a step – or a step on the accelerator – further this morning. Gruesome photos emerged of the Israeli settler leader driving over Palestinian boys demonstrating in Silwan. The images, to the right, courtesy of AFP, show the boys being run over and flung into the air. We rarely get images of these types of settler attacks, but because of the heavy media presence in East Jerusalem covering the weekly protests against de-Arabization, these shots were captured. While images from other attacks like this one aren’t as readily available, you can imagine just how horrifying they can be. Here is the tough to watch video…

Recently, I wrote about our analysis of settler violence relating to arson after a mosque was targeted earlier this week. Since then, there have been additional acts of arson, but vehicular attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians are also not rare occurrences. In the 18 month period we analyzed, we coded 37 instances of vehicular assault – an average of approximately 2 per month. About 40% of these instances take place in or around Hebron, another 16% occur in the Bethlehem governorate, with the reaming attacks being divided more evenly among other areas.

At 9am on July 7th, 2010, for example, a settler in Bethlehem ran over 3 Palestinian civilians causing injuries to all, including one Palestinian civilian who sustained serious injuries.

At 6pm on June 15th, 2010, a settler near the settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron’s old city ran over a 10-year old Palestinian child. The child sustained serious injuries and had to be evacuated immediately to a hospital for treatment.

A week prior, at 11:30am on June 7th, an Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian civilian near the village of Marj al Ghazal in the Jericho governorate. The victim sustained serious injuries and had to be evacuated to a hospital.

And only a week before that, at 8:30pm on May 31st, an Israeli settler ran over a 59 year-old man and his wife near Beit Ummar, a village in the governorate of Hebron. The attack injured the man and killed his wife, who did not survive the injuries she sustained.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. Another day, another settler attack, maybe two. The phenomenon of settler violence continues to be a significant risk to Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, and while you may not hear much about it elsewhere, we will continue to do our part to put forward information about settler violence based on the data we continue to collect.

Video of Clashes in Silwan, East Jerusalem

23 September, 2010 — AIC

The streets of Silwan were on fire Wednesday (22 September), as residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood expressed their anger in light of the shooting death of a member of their community. 30-year-old Palestinian man Samir Solhan was shot and killed by an Israeli settler guard at approximately 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Silwan residents clashed with Israeli riot police and soldiers all morning while police helicopters circled overhead.

Protest in Silwan: It's about the Settlement not the Archeology, 1/9/10

10 September, 2010

On September 1st, the settlers in Silwan had a conference on the archeology of what they call “The City of David”. A group from Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity ( came to protest and inform the participants of the political meanings of the event. The police did the work of the settlers and kicked them out.

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Nocturnal Terror in Silwan

3 July, 2010 — The Only Democracy?

Ed’s note: Here is a story that ran earlier this week in Just Jerusalem. We are reposting it here in advance of an interview with the author, Daniel Dukarevich with additional actions expected this weekend.

Silwan protest against settlements

Another night sets in on Silwan. Just two days ago, hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators marched together along the narrow streets of the neighborhood, to support the local residents, facing the municipality’s plan to demolish 22 houses. But here, as anywhere in east Jerusalem, happenings do not cease for a moment.

In previous weeks, more and more appeals to the solidarity activists of Sheikh Jarrah came in from the residents of Silwan. In view of our successful campaign, more and more Palestinians have been trying to find a way for Arab-Jewish cooperation. During recent tours in Silwan, we all had a sense of urgency and shared destiny. We must act, and act fast, before catastrophe hits us, before the abyss becomes too deep and wide to bridge. And we must act together, against all the risks and against all the suspicion which has built up here over the years.

And now we are here, climbing up the narrow alleys, together with the locals. Just one hour ago, tens of private security guards, escorted by border policemen, entered Palestinian homes around “Beit Hadvash” (house of honey in Hebrew…) and “Beit Yehonatan”. The settlers have only managed to seize two houses in this area, but this is enough to bring the place to the brink of eruption. Nightly border police patrols, private security personnel, armed with guns, undercover policemen and “Mistaarvim” (Israeli soldiers disguised as Arabs) have turned the place into a war zone.

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Israeli Raids Target Children By Nora Barrows-Friedman

16 March, 2010 — IPS

SILWAN, EAST JERUSALEM, Mar 16, 2010 (IPS) – Three thousand heavily armed Israeli security service forces locked down large parts of the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday, as battalions of police fired rounds of tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian protesters in the occupied eastern part of the city. Nearly 40 Palestinians were wounded and treated at nearby hospitals, as 25 were arrested during intense clashes.

Protests were aimed at the Netanyahu administration’s announcement of expanded illegal settlement construction in East Jerusalem and the five-day closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Palestinian institutions within the Old City. Fundamentalist settler groups held an opening ceremony for a synagogue constructed against the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which was seen as a provocation to the Palestinian community in the area.

Clashes took place in several areas of East Jerusalem, including Shu’afat refugee camp, Wadi Joz and Silwan. This comes on the heels of accelerated attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers inside Silwan in particular, directed towards the community’s youngest and most vulnerable population. Since January, at least 33 children from the area have been arrested, detained and interrogated by Israeli forces as home demolitions and settler takeovers continue apace.

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Palestine: Silwan, The very eye of the storm By Akiva Eldar

2 April, 2009

Jawad Siam pulled out a brochure issued by the Jerusalem municipality heralding development plans for his place of residence, the village of Silwan in East Jerusalem. He pointed to the map in the brochure, where the neighborhood’s streets were marked. “You see this, Hashiloah Road?” he asked. “All these years, it was called Ein Silwan Street. ‘Ma’alot Ir David’ Street? That was Wadi Helwa Street. The street next to it, ‘Malkitzedek,’ used to be Al-Mistar Street.”

From two small rooms, not far from the Old City walls, Siam and his colleagues in Silwan’s Ein Helwa neighborhood committee, as well as a small group of Jewish friends, are waging a tenacious struggle on one of the world’s most volatile battlefields. As he sees it, the “conversion” of the street names, the settling of Jews there with the encouragement of rightist organizations, and the municipality’s intention to demolish dozens of buildings in the neighborhood, are merely a prelude to an eventual transfer plan. The real goal, he believes, is the expulsion of Ein Helwa’s 5,000 residents, part of a goal of reducing the Palestinian presence in the area.

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