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Sheikh Jarrah Mon Amour


Sheikh Jarrah Mon Amour

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The women in the picture above are Israeli leftists, protesting a whole bunch of stuff, including the fact that Jews are living in areas outside the 1949 armistice “green line,” and the fact that the mostly Arab Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah is considered part of Israel, rather than part of a Palestinian state that would have East Jerusalem as its capital.

The sign in Hebrew reads: “Sheikh Jarrah is Palestine.”

Of course, much of Sheikh Jarrah used to be owned by Jews, who were driven out of there by the Jordanian Legion. Even the largely anti-settler Israeli Supreme Court in 2009 decided in favor of Jewish claimants and ordered the evacuation of squatter Arab families from Jewish-owned homes in the neighborhood.

The thing is, these Israeli women are not necessarily representing the desires of the Arab residents of Sheikh Jarrah. Would they really wish to switch from living in a western democracy, Israel, to living in the Palestinian Heart of Darkness?

Somebody should ask them…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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