Monday, 31 July
52 E. 14th St, NYC
The imposition of electronic security gates, and now cameras, at Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli occupation forces is a symbol and representation of the ongoing siege, strangulation and ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem under the false rubric of security that provides no security, peace or freedom from terror for Palestinians in Jerusalem while further emphasizing the denial of sovereignty and self-determination in the city.
Month after month, hundreds of Palestinians are seized in Jerusalem as monthly reports document the use of mass arrests against the population. Organizers in the city are subjected to ongoing attacks that attempt to strip their residency while families face ongoing land confiscation, home demolitions and settler attacks. Nevertheless, Jerusalem remains a center of resistance to occupation, apartheid and settler colonialism despite all of the “security” measures visited upon the Palestinian people for the purposes of repression.
The attacks on Jerusalem have included Israeli firing on demonstrators, killing of Palestinian teens, arrests of Jerusalemite activists including bans on the use of social media, banning Jerusalem activists from Al-Aqsa and arrests of mosque employees. Indeed, two Jerusalemite teen girls, Tamara Abu Laban, 16, and Alaa Ruweidi, 16, were seized by occupation forces in night raids on Saturday, July 22 with allegations of “incitement” for posting about their city and struggle on social media.
Palestinian prisoners have emphasized the importance of the struggle in Jerusalem, as well as the centrality of the struggle of Palestinians to break the siege on Gaza as their electricity is cut to one hour a day and as their land becomes increasingly uninhabitable under ongoing Israeli siege with the full complicity of international powers.
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