Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Eviction protest, Ramadan feast

A Palestinian family protest the eviction from their East Jerusalem home, with their Ramadan feast on the street.

The al-Ghawis family set a table for the Ramadan 'Iftar', the breaking of the fast meal.

Unsually the meal is served inside, but the Palestinian family was evicted on Aug 2.

Their stone house in Arab East Jerusalem, is now home to Jewish settlers, who's land claim

was backed by an Israeli court.

The al-Ghawis though, refuse to go away. They are camping and serving their Ramadan meal outside

the former family home.

FORMER HOMEOWNER MAYSOON AL-GHAWI SAYING:

"I am having the iftar next to my house because I cannot easily give up my house. Even though I am living on the pavement, and that's very painful - I will bear the pain and sacrifice for the sake of my home."

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein attended to bring attention to the family's plight.

GRAND MUFTI OF JERUSALEM, MOHAMMED HUSSEIN, SAYING:

"We would like to send a clear message to the world. The time has come for the entire world to raise their voices, and to do everything possible to pressure this right-wing extremist Israeli government that encourages settlers on the account of the Palestinian people."

With no resolution at hand, this dispute will only add to the strained situation of Israeli settlement activities in the

occupied West Bank.