For seven years, the Al Kurds have watched an armed guard walk past their house every half hour, day and night. These are private security guards, hired to protect the settlers. I spoke with one guard whose family brought him to
In July, as legal pressures were mounting, and an order of eviction for the Al Kurds was issued, a group of international activists took up residence in the courtyard. Beautiful painted banners surround the area. The banners proclaim their determination not to be displaced again. They are committed to this place they call home. The Al Kurds have turned down offers of several million dollars, if they would sell and leave Sheik Jarrah.
Home invasions, the illegal apartheid wall, and settler violence are part of the apartheid system.
There are two tents and mattresses to catch a nap between shifts. An international is on watch at all times. If the guards can patrol with guns, a peaceful presence should be as alert and available to people who want justice. We shared our space with activists from countries as far apart as