by Alia Taqieddin
(This is one of three essays from local community members that the Emerald will be publishing on this topic.)
Last week, the world watched as 22-year-old Muna El Kurd — in a viral video from her family’s home in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem — confronted Yacoub, a Brooklyn-raised Zionist settler who has forcibly taken residence in the El Kurd family’s garage since 2009.
“If I don’t steal your home, someone else will,” Yacoub said, gesturing matter-of-factly at Muna and her family members.
As disturbing as this justification is, it reflects the reality that, since 1948, Zionist settlers have been stealing Palestinian’s homes and land. Forced expulsions have been commonplace across Occupied Palestine since the expulsion of 750,000 Indigenous Palestinians from our homes during the 1948 Nakba, which established the settler state of Israel. They continue this project of ethnic cleansing today in Sheikh Jarrah, in the neighboring villages of Silwan and the South Hebron Hills, and across Palestine.Continue reading OPINION: The Palestinian Uprisings in Jerusalem Hit Close To Home In Seattle