Hours after the occurrence of a run-over attack at the entrance to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, the perpetrator was subsequently killed and 6 members of the Israeli police and his army were wounded, the police set up concrete blocks at 3 entrances leading to the neighborhood and prevented anyone but residents from entering.
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After setting up these cubes, voices came from inside the neighborhood, saying that the occupation is reproducing in Jerusalem the experience of the “Martyrs Street” in Hebron, which the occupation converted after the massacre of the Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994 into a military barracks. Then the shop closes.
To talk about this procedure, Al-Jazeera Net turned to the Jerusalemite political analyst Hani Al-Issawi, who confirmed that the Israeli plan aims to fully control the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, especially the Karam Al-Jaouni area, in which the extremists claim that the shrine of “Al-Siddiq Shamoun” is located, and then the occupation is looking for any opportunity to rule Fist on the place.
Al-Issawi added, “We are not surprised by the setting of concrete blocks or even iron gates that prevent the entry and exit of Palestinian citizens or control the timing of that to single out this neighborhood, and now the occupation’s appetite is open more than ever to implement more harassment and facilitate the arrival of settlers and their control of strategic areas in Jerusalem.”
An assertive stance will frustrate the scheme
Despite this, Al-Issawi pointed out that the firm position of the Palestinian citizens in Jerusalem in the face of the Israeli measures frustrated many of the plans in the city, stressing that they had the ability to confront the new cement cubes scheme in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in light of the daily meeting of young people in the place to publicly object to the forced displacement of the neighborhood’s residents. .
The Al-Maqdisi political analyst pointed out that the speedy implementation of the procedure for placing cement cubes in the neighborhood indicates that it may be part of a pre-prepared plan and not the result of the moment nor a reaction to a security event that occurred in the area.
He referred to previous attempts by the occupation to place concrete cubes in other circumstances at the entrances to Jerusalem neighborhoods, such as Al-Issawiya and Jabal Al-Mukaber, but he was eventually forced to remove them, stressing that in Sheikh Jarrah this procedure takes another dimension because the area is subject to the Israeli vision of complete control over it, and it may develop as they plan This means that these cubes should be kept permanently, but the united and strong Palestinian Jerusalemite position is enough to abort these plans in light of international solidarity in the face of the ethnic cleansing practiced by Israel in Jerusalem.
Entry to the neighborhood for non-residents has become a difficult dream, and its residents begin to narrow hour after hour due to the escalating Israeli measures against them. One of these is Salih Dhiab, who described the current situation of the neighborhood in two words, “a large prison.”
He added, “The situation is catastrophic … the settlers enter the neighborhood with ease and sit in front of and inside the outposts with the protection of the army and the police, and we are bound. We cannot leave the neighborhood to secure our daily needs for fear of a sudden attack by settlers on our homes, women and children on the one hand, and that the occupation police will not allow us.” Going back to him on the other hand … Our children do not go to school and no one is able to visit us. “
Young Carmel al-Qasim, a resident of the neighborhood, also said that they began to feel that they were trapped 10 days ago, in light of the inauguration of military points that closed the neighborhood, so that access to it for non-residents became almost impossible, while residents were forced to show their personal identities and identification papers confirming the conformity of their addresses to the place.
“Securing our basic needs has become one of our biggest concerns, and we cannot move a few steps away without our official papers,” Al-Qassem says.
Al-Qasim fears that the concrete cubes will become an inevitable reality in the future, indicating that their position has restricted movement in the neighborhood to a large extent, but at the same time it allowed the entry of large numbers of settlers who claim that they want to enter for the purpose of prayer until their number has become greater than the number of residents. The Palestinians are all armed.
The young Al-Maqdisi concluded his speech to Al-Jazeera Net by saying that life in Karm Al-Jaouni with Sheikh Jarrah is now harder than ever, and old and young men are forced to stay up all night for fear of settler attacks or the occupation forces’ storming of homes suddenly.