Impending Dispossession and the Struggle to Live in East Jerusalem: Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah
Tuesday, December 8th
Mohammed El-Kurd, Resident of Sheikh Jarrah
Fayrouz Sharqawi, Grassroots Al-Quds
Lara Friedman, FMEP
Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah are once again on the precipice of a new wave of evictions at the behest of Israeli settlers with the backing of the Israeli government and a green light from Israeli courts. Join FMEP and Just Vision to hear the story of one Sheikh Jarrah family facing imminent eviction, and learn exactly what Palestinians are facing in their struggle to live in East Jerusalem under a mounting and multifaceted settler campaign seeking their mass eviction.
FMEP President Lara Friedman will be joined by Mohammed El-Kurd – who is from Sheikh Jarrah and was profiled in Just Vision’s 2012 short documentary My Neighbourhood – and Fayrouz Sharqawi of Grassroots Al-Quds to discuss what is happening in Sheikh Jarrah today as well as how it fits in to the struggle of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and across East Jerusalem.
Mohammed El-Kurd is a nationally touring poet and writer from Jerusalem, Palestine. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Brooklyn College. His work has appeared in outlets like The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, and The Nation.
Fayrouz Sharqawi is the Global Mobilization coordinator at Grassroots Al-Quds, a platform for Palestinian community mobilization and networking in Occupied Jerusalem. They believe that the challenges and responses of Palestinian communities must be articulated and led by them. They research, map, mobilize and network in order to contribute to the creation and implementation of Palestinian long-term strategies for Jerusalem.
Lara Friedman is the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and 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).
Resources offered during the webinar:
Mohammed El-Kurd’s newest articles:
- “Why are Palestinians being forced to prove their humanity?” +972 Magazine, December 2020.
- “Tomorrow My Family and Neighbors May Be Forced from Our Homes by Israeli Settlers” The Nation, November 2020.
My Neighbourhood, a Just Vision film on Sheikh Jarrah, featuring Mohammed El-Kurd and his family
“Eviction of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah Part of Israeli Policy” Al Jazeera, November 2020
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