Symbol of Palestinian Struggle Dies of Sorrow
- Eviction in Haifa
by Maisa Abu Ghazaleh
Friday, February 27, 2009
PNN exclusive A large police unit forcibly evicted the Abu Shimla
family from Haifa this week, a city with a large Palestinian
population within the boundaries of the Israeli state.
The three-story home was the scene of a physical assault on both the
residents and the property alike. Windows were smashed and contents
MP in the Islamist movement on the United Arab List, Ghanayim, paid a
solidarity visit to the family on Thursday knowing they were under
threat. Residents of the house included 10 children.
Mother Fatima described the arrival of police. "It was 8:30 in the
morning on Tuesday when a major number of troops surrounded the house
and told us to surrender to a judicial decision I knew nothing about.
The police treated us brutally and barbarically. They hurled a
barrage of insults and physical abuse, and broke walls, the bathroom,
windows and doors. Nothing was spared."
The couple told Masoud, "The objective with this intense brutality
was clearly to scare us, to intimidate us into leaving our home. And
not only us; this was aimed at the population of the region, many of
whom have suffered similar treatment. They are trying to force us
out, to dictate our eviction and deportation. But we are staying
here. We will not leave our home."
The Palestinian neighborhood of Haifa, a city along the coast within
Israeli boundaries, is one of dozens of areas under threat.
A neighbor, Mohammad, says that Israeli police officers also tried to
force the evacuation of his home, but this time by saying he owed
30,000 shekels. Deputy Ghanyim told PNN, "There are 25 housing units
in the neighborhood that suffer from the same problem. Arab leaders
and competent authorities must address the issue before it is too
Of the Abu Shimla family Ghanayim said, "The process carried out to
evict them was a military operation organized by special units and
this illustrates the racism and barbarism that Arab citizens are
subjected to in the Israeli state. This would not happen to Jewish
The Palestinian member of Israeli Knesset went on to say that, like
Jerusalem, Haifa is undergoing an intense Judaization process.
Al-Kurd Family Becomes Symbol of Palestinian Struggle,
Father Dies of Sorrow, Future of the Family Unknown
Palestine Media Center PMC
Mohammad al-Kurd, 62, also known as abu-Kamal, the father of a
Palestinian family who were evicted from their home in East Jerusalem
on November 9 by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) died at the
weekend of sorrow after his family's eviction from the house where
they had lived for more than 50 years.
Abu-Kamal, a 1948 refugee from Jaffa, left behind his wife Fawzieh al-
Kurd (umm-Kamal), five children and their families.
Al-Khad for weeks been hospitalized due to diabetes and related
health problems. People around him for the last couple of months
stated that before the evacuation of his family from their home in
Sheikh Jarrah, he was in a better condition than he had been for a
long time. However, the Israeli authority's forceful evacuation of
him and his family from their house, where they had been living since
1956, put him under severe pressure and affected his condition.
The situation for the al-Kurd family has been dramatic the last two
weeks. While abu-Kamal was hospitalized, his wife had for two weeks
been living in a tent, not far away from their home from which they
were evicted, along with international peace supporters.
Last week, Israeli police and military personnel came three times to
demolish this tent. The last time was Friday, on November 21, when a
representative of the Jerusalem Municipality arrived at 9:30 a.m.
with an order stating that within two hours the tent would be
Only ten minutes after this warning, the bulldozer came to demolish
the tent and the fence that surrounded the privately owned land.
Because of the lack of electricity, toilet facilities and heating
system, umm-Kamal has been sleeping over at friends' houses some
Palestinian sources told the Alternative Information Center (AIC),
that the lawyer for the al-Kurd family stated two days ago that the
demolition order of the tent came as a direct order from Israeli
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. This case is apparently embarrassing
On November 23, at the location where the al-Kurd family has been
living for two weeks, numerous family members, neighbors,
international peace supporters, some Fatah members and religious
figures came to pay their condolences for the passing of abu-Kamal.
The body of abu-Kamal arrived and after the coffin was placed in a
tent where all the women were waiting, the men went with the body up
to the edge of the lot of the family's home, where umm-Kamal was
waiting. Unfortunately, due to the Israeli authorities, it was not
possible for the mourners to reach the home of the al-Kurd family.
Afterwards, the men marched with the body to the al-Aqsa mosque in
Jerusalem's Old City. Tonight, the women will begin the mourning
period in one of the neighbor homes.
This situation of the al-Kurd family is quickly becoming a symbol of
the Palestinian struggle and during the funeral procession, slogans
for Palestinian unity and liberation were chanted.
The future of the al-Kurd family is still unknown. The family has not
received a new evacuation order from the tent in which they currently
reside, although an eviction order is still pending.
According to the Jerusalem Municipality, there are plans to use the
privately owned land on which the al-Kurd family protest tent stands
as a parking lot.
Um Kamal Al Kurd taking the Right of Return
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 http://english. pnn.ps/index. php?
Occupied Jerusalem / PNN The Kurd family is again making news after
being forcibly expelled from their home in East Jerusalem's Sheikh
Jarrah neighborhood. Now Um Kamal Al Kurd intends to return to her
original home in West Jerusalem with a massive nonviolent action
planned for Thursday.
Last month the family moved to a tent nearby which Israeli forces
destroyed three times. It became a beacon of popular resistance with
hundreds of people sitting-in in solidarity.
The father, Abu Kamal, died in a Jerusalem hospital after being
evicted from the home he lived in since the 1950s when Jordan and the
United Nations Relief and Works Agency created the neighborhood
housing. The Kurd family was among thousands of East Jerusalem
residents driven from their West Jerusalem homes by Zionists in 1948.
Um Kamal is working to return to her original home in West Jerusalem
with the support of a group of activists from civil society and human
rights organizations. On Thursday the Coalition for Jerusalem will
demand her full return.
Today Um Kamal said that she has been expelled twice, and as such
will return to her original home. The Coalition for Jerusalem wrote
in a statement Wednesday, "Um Kamal Al Kurd was expelled by the
Israeli occupying authorities for the second time at dawn on
Thursday, 9 November 2008. The Israeli occupying forces were heavily
armed and surrounded the Kurd family home in Sheikh Jarrah. They
expelled the family from their home and this is the second time to
expel the entire family. The first time was in 1948."
The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood houses were built by the Jordan
authority and the UNRWA to accommodate until return the 28 families
who were taken from their homes in 1948. Among them are original
residents of Jaffa, Ramle and West Jerusalem. Um Kamal Al Kurd says
she will no longer wait for the implementation of United Nations
Resolution 194, the Right of Return. She will go home now.
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