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Weekly Sheikh Jarrah protest greeted with hostility in West Jerusalem, cheers in East Jerusalem

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Israeli policemen on guard during a demonstration against Jewish settlements and in solidarity with Palestinian families who were evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem January 1, 2010. (Photo: Oren Ziv/

Michael Ratner send this short report on today’s weekly protest in the Sheikh Jarrah, the East Jerusalem neighborhood where Israeli settlers are taking over Palestinian homes:

Today we went on the demonstration against the evictions in Sheikh-Jarrah and the take over of the houses by Jewish settlers. It was organized by young people and began in West Jerusalem and wound its way into East Jerusalem. Great hostility in the West–screams and the tossing of a few apples and water on us and then cheering in the East. The chants—at least a few that were in English were amazing to me, as they came from Israelis: "1, 2, 3, 4 –occupation no more" And then: "5, 6, 7, 8—Israel is a racist state." Incredibly sad and moving from the children of the holocaust.

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