Fury over eviction as EU proclaims East Jerusalem Palestinian capital
by MainStreet, Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 05:51:39 AM EST
Jewish families staking claim to houses already lived in by Palestinians is all too familiar in occupied East Jerusalem.
There is quite literally a battle underway for the identity of East Jerusalem. House by house, family by family, the settlers are trying to dispossess the Palestinians and replace them with Jews.
In the meantime, the Guardian, a British newspaper (and a host of other nonUS media), reported that the EU had leaked a draft supporting East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.
Anton Loewenstein, the Australian peace activist, put the right slant on this report that the EU (perhaps sick of Tony Blair's inaction, and Obama's backtracking) finally weighed into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the side of law and justice. "The EU may actually be growing some balls in the Middle East?," he said.
Gush Shalom's Adam Keller described "the sound and fury of Israeli officials," typically obscuring the ongoing ethnic cleansing.
This morning, Israel's Foreign Ministry came out with a great outcry about the European Union's intention to proclaim that Jerusalem should be the capital of two states - West Jerusalem the Capital of Israel and East Jerusalem the Capital of Palestine. The Israeli ambassadors at all 27 European capitals were asked to approach the governments and make a sharp protest.
While the angry retorts of Lieberman and his officials continue to reverberate through air waves, at noon today extreme right settlers took over the home of the Al-Kurd Family at the Sheikh Jarah Neighborhood in East Jerusalem and expelled by force the family members. This is the fifth Palestinian house in this neighborhood to be taken over by setters, with the approval of the Israeli courts and active participation of the Israeli police. So far, some sixty inhabitants were literally thrown out into the street. Now they live in tents outside what were their homes. The settlers live in them, and the Blue-and -White flags fly proudly from the roofs.
Perhaps it would be worthwhile for the Foreign Ministry to invite European representatives to tour Sheikh Jarah and see with their own eyes Israel's eternally unified capital.
And the diplomatic fun begins.