Palestinian officials and analysts have linked the incident to the Jerusalem municipality’s eviction orders of more than 1,500 Palestinians living in some 180 houses in the East Jerusalem suburb of Silwan area. It will become the largest mass expulsion of Palestinians since the Israeli occupation in the 1967 war. [source
We’ve been hearing this for quite some time and, as all things Palestine, the situation just seems to be getting worse.
I’ve always found it the most ironic thing in the world for Israel to demolish Palestinian homes under the pretense that they were built without permits. This is a country that was not only built on stolen land, but continues to build illegal settlements on more stolen land. And now the world is surprised by a predictable reaction of a Palestinian “terrorizing” Israeli police with a bulldozer when Palestinians have lost lives and homes at the hands of Israeli bulldozers? Give me a break.
Moreover, the reaction from the Jordanian state has been, as usual, quite horrendous, offering no more than a “denunciation” of Israel’s actions. Even the masses aren’t allowed to express their outrage. The Islamists, who still have no idea what the term “political reform” really means, were denied a license to hold a public rally, and instead, ended up holding a little sit-in at their headquarters.
This is nothing new. The Jordanian government has been denying pretty much any politically-driven, Palestinian-related events for at least a month now. From their perspective perhaps, the Jordanian masses have overstepped their anti-Israeli rally quota for the year during the onslaught of Gaza.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people are set to lose their home in a city you can see from Amman.
So much for Jordan being the guardian of Jerusalem’s holy places.
Some day, they too will be destroyed for being built centuries ago without Israeli permits, and on that day, I wonder if we as Jordanians will hear anything more than a mere denunciation from our government.
Can we have some solidarity?