: What is the collective punishment policy in East Jerusalem?.
This policy involves massive shooting of tear gas into civilian homes, physical assaults on Palestinian pedestrians by Israeli security forces ( Which I have been a hearing witness to)
house demolitions, denial of civil services, charging of fines as punitive action, arrests of minors, land expropriation for illegal settlements, harassment and intimidatio
This week , at the hills of Al Aqsa unrest, as settlers attempted to hold a prayer at Al Aqsa mosque, a lone attacker committed a hit-and-run attack at the light rail, resulting in the death of one soldier and a young civilian. The Israeli authorities responded by flooding Shua'afat refugee camp with tear gas, confiscating fruit and vegetables from Musrara residents, waging blockade on Issawiya village and many other actions aimed at turning the lives of East Jerusalem residents a living hell in attempt to thwart an impending third intifada.
Left wing activists in Jerusalem find themselves in a conflicting situation: as Jewish Israelis, we ourselves might be targeted by the attacks of the Palestinian guerilla warfare, but at the same time, we feel responsible for the policies of our state that harbors hate and violence.
It is no surprise that the ranks of Jerusalem left wings aren't big in numbers
.Despite that this-Jerusalem left wing activists held several protest events this week to protest against the government.
On 5.11 -Wednesday, about 50 left wing protesters gathered in Beit Hakerem near the residency of Nir Barkat, Jerusalem mayor to protest the collective punishment policy. See the video here.
On 6.11 -Thursday , about a 1000 of people attended a joint sing a long event hosted by 'Pashut Sharim group'
On Friday, the Women in Black held the weekly protest vigil at France square, near the PM residency amid threats and harassment.No exceptional events were recorded during the vigil. At the same time, another group of activists held a small protest vigil at the entrance of Issawiya village , at the north east of Jerusalem, where the Israeli authorities set up barriers preventing the residents to leave the village upon will.
This was followed by the weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah that continues to be held despite the 8 month arrest of Salah Diab, one of the protest leaders
We will not stop protesting against the human rights violations of our state. We can only hope things will get easier at some point for everyone.Including ourselves.