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Sunday, August 2, 2009

50 Palestinians evicted from their Jerusalem homes

"Israeli police evicted two Palestinian families in east Jerusalem on Sunday, then allowed Jewish settlers to move into their homes, drawing criticism from Palestinians, the United Nations and the State Department.

Police arrived before dawn and cordoned off part of the Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah before forcibly removing more than 50 people, said Chris Gunness, spokesman for the U.N. agency in charge of Palestinian refugees.

U.N. staff later saw vehicles bringing Jewish settlers to move into the homes, he said.

Israeli police cited a ruling by the country's Supreme Court that the houses belonged to Jews and that the Arab families had been living there illegally.

Gunness said the families had lived in the homes for more than 50 years."

Khawla Hanoun, 35, who lived in one of the homes, said police ordered her and 16 family members to leave the house before dawn and forced them out at gunpoint when they refused.

"Now our future is in the streets," she said. "We will remain steadfast until we return home. By any method, we must go back home."

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I wonder what on this Earth, besides dying, can be worst than waking up at dawn to you and your family (of at least 50 people) being evicted out of your home that you have been living in for over 50 years. And why? Because some people like to think that because maybe their ancestors lived on this land thousands of years ago, they have the right to literally KICK you out of your homes and move in to the exact place where you lived.

If people are doing this in the name of religion, and God, what would God say about this type of injustice, brutality, and inhumanity where you strip people of all their dignity because you think you are better than them?

When will people see how OUTRAGEOUS this way of thinking is!? You left the very homes and comfort you have to make over 50 people homeless for your 'beliefs'. Amazing.

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