Jerusalem on the Verge: Dispossession & Violence in Sheikh Jarrah

May 6 2021



Recorded May 6, 2021

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The struggle in Sheikh Jarrah is again on center stage this week. Once again, Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah are facing imminent evictions, approved by Israeli courts.  And once again, Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah are resisting efforts to remove them from their longtime homes — and they are once again being met with violence and repression from Israeli authorities and settlers. 

To discuss this struggle and the dynamics in Jerusalem, and how they are part of a broader struggle against escalating Israeli policies of Palestinian dispossession in Jerusalem and beyond, FMEP President Lara Friedman will be joined by Aseel AlBajeh, a legal researcher and advocacy officer at Al Haq, and Budour Hassan, author and journalist.


Aseel AlBajeh is a legal researcher and advocacy officer at Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights organisation. Aseel was awarded the Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme to study at the Irish Center for Human Rights at National University of Ireland Galway, completing her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law in 2020. In addition to her academic research, which focused on transitional justice and decolonisation in Palestine, she writes opinion articles for several media outlets including the Electronic Intifada, AlJazeera Blogs and the New Arab. She tweets at @AseelAlBajeh. 

Budour Hassan is a Palestinian writer, journalist, and legal researcher based in Jerusalem. Her work has appeared on Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, Huffington Post, and Mada Masr, among other outlets. 


Lara Friedman is the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP). With more than 25 years working in the Middle East foreign policy arena, Lara is a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with particular expertise on the Israeli-Arab conflict, Israeli settlements, Jerusalem, and the role of the U.S. Congress. She is published widely in the U.S. and international press and is regularly consulted by members of Congress and their staffs, by Washington-based diplomats, by policy-makers in capitals around the world, and by journalists in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to her work at FMEP, Lara is a Contributing Writer at Jewish Currents and a non-resident fellow at the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP). Prior to joining FMEP, Lara was the Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now, and before that she was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, serving in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis and Beirut. She tweets @LaraFriedmanDC



From the Panelists

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Budour Hassan has published on many platforms (Middle East Eye, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post. A recent  longform piece of writing is “Epigraph: Palestinians do not leave the labyrinth even after their death,” published on Mada Masr. →\

And Budour has a blog (not recently updated but full of valuable writing) →

If you want to keep up with what is happening in real time, follow the #SaveSheikhJarrah hashtag on Twitter

Overview of Events in Sheikh Jarrah this Week

Background on Sheikh Jarrah

Scenes & Voices from Sheikh Jarrah

On the Settlers & the Israeli Laws Behind Dispossession in East Jerusalem

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