Salihiya Family Stand Off Against Israeli Municipality


The Salhiya family of Jerusalem refused, on Monday, to leave their home and threatened to burn themselves and the two homes if soldiers tried to evacuate them, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported.

The family live in the contentious Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem where Israeli courts have been evicting Palestinian families from their homes for the benefit of the illegal colonial settlers.

The Israeli municipality crews, along with the police, and special forces (Al-Yamam) surrounded the 6 acres of property, consisting of a nursery, a car showroom, a car repair shop, a barber shop, and laundry facilities.

“We will not live a new catastrophe, we were displaced from the village of Ain Karem, and today they want us to be removed from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, we will not be afraid of threats and intrusions, and I will not leave the house except on the grave, I will burn myself and blow up the two houses.”

Mahmoud Salhiya

Municipality crews brought in heavy machinery, while the Salhiya family gathered on top of the roof in defiance of the occupation authorities, threatening to burn the homes and themselves if anyone tried to force them to leave.

The municipality of West Jerusalem set a deadline of January 25th for the family property to be evacuated, however Mahmoud Salhiya and his family refused to leave the two homes which are under threat of demolition.

Dozens of young men on the rooftops threatened to explode several gas cylinders, and set the two homes on fire, rather than leave on the order of the occupation.

Photo: Silwanic

After a ten hour stand off with the steadfast family, and local solidarity sit-in, the municipality crews retreated and did not go ahead with the evacuation and demolition.

The heavy machinery destroyed the family’s commercial facilities, and detained a number of young men from the scene.

The detainees were identified as; Ahmed Al-Khatib, Yahya Al-Khatib, Hamza Bseisu, and Abdullah Al-Ikramawi, as well as those detained around the besieged property.

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Photo: Silwanic

Source: Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic)

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