Adonis Diaries

Israel persisting on demolishing Palestinian homes

Posted on: December 4, 2015

Israel persisting on demolishing Palestinian homes

My name is Nora and I’m a grandmother living in the Muslim Quarter of the old City of Jerusalem.

In days my children, grandchildren and I could lose our home to Israeli settlers and security forces.

They are trying their hardest to push us out, and I’m writing to you today because I urgently need everyone’s help to stop them. 

Back in April, Avaaz members in Palestine signed a petition demanding for this decision to be reversed, and public pressure is one of the main reasons the eviction has been postponed.

But now officials are in their final stages of deciding, and if we show them that thousands of people are standing with my family, we could get them to drop the case entirely and let us stay in our home.

Tomorrow, we are marching across Jerusalem to the EU and US representatives urging them to intervene and help protect our land.

Sign the petition

Our family has lived in this home for decades. I worked hard to ensure my children received a decent education.

My two oldest sons dedicate their lives working for human rights. My daughter is a university student.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing my grandchildren who are 9 and 2 years old growing up in our family home. I pray for a peaceful future for them and my heart aches when I think we could all be evicted from our home in the coming days.

We’re being evicted because a settler organization, Ateret Cohanim, that publicly declares its desire to create a Jewish majority in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem petitioned the Israeli courts to kick us out of our home.

The Israeli court issued an eviction order in September 2014 based on testimonies of Israeli settlers that want to take over our neighborhood.

They know nothing about my family and our life at home, and are blinded by hate.

I have lived through my life watching my neighbors in the Old City, and my family across Jerusalem, being slowly pushed out of the city through cooperation between settlers, the Israeli political establishment and the outcome of discriminatory judicial rulings.

I have decided to remain steadfast, and need your help to ensure we’re not transferred. 

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