Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in East Jerusalem’s Silwan may lead to war – but West doesn’t care.

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Robert Inlakesh is a political analyst, journalist and documentary filmmaker currently based in London, UK. He has reported from and lived in the occupied Palestinian territories and currently works with Quds News and Press TV. Director of ‘Steal of the Century: Trump’s Palestine-Israel Catastrophe’. Follow him on Twitter @falasteen47

Robert Inlakesh is a political analyst, journalist and documentary filmmaker currently based in London, UK. He has reported from and lived in the occupied Palestinian territories and currently works with Quds News and Press TV. Director of ‘Steal of the Century: Trump’s Palestine-Israel Catastrophe’. Follow him on Twitter @falasteen47

Following months of Israeli-Palestinian tensions over Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jerusalem Magistrates Court ruled this Wednesday that Israeli Jews may perform prayers inside Islam’s third holiest site, al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli police had, in the past, placed a blanket prohibition on Jewish prayer at the site, citing security concerns. Yet, since 2019, Israeli settlers have regularly stormed the site, accompanied by the police, in order to perform silent prayers, acts viewed by many as provocative.

The court ruling was strongly condemned internationally by the likes of Turkey and domestically by Palestinian political parties, including Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, who called for a return to the “status quo.” Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, such as the ruling party Hamas, also signaled their intention to escalate tensions in order to combat what was seen by Palestinians as an attempt to slowly take over the Holy Site and push them out, similar to what is being done elsewhere in East Jerusalem.

As tensions boiled, an Israeli court overruled the lower court’s decision to allow Jewish prayer at the site, allegedly after Washington intervened to stabilise the potentially explosive situation. 

In the town of Silwan alone, up to 7,000 Palestinians are living under the threat of being made homeless, either by way of home demolition or through forced ethnic displacement for the purpose of Israeli settlers taking their place. 

In Silwan’s neighborhoods of al-Bustan and Wadi Yasul, over 100 Palestinian families face home demolitions. Israel’s pretext for uprooting the residents and bulldozing their homes is that the structures do not possess building permits. But, according to locals, in the areas they live these permits are nearly impossible to attain, despite large legal battles to achieve this. According to al-Bustan residents, a pro-settler organization, Elad, plans to replace their community with a tourist attraction.

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