Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Blocking A Jerusalem Eviction

Nora Sub Laban appeals not to be evicted from her Jerusalem home. It was submitted to TPQ by Steven Katsineris.  


Dear Avaaz members,

My name is Nora Sub Laban. I am a Palestinian grandmother living in Jerusalem. On March 16th, 2015, Israeli settlers and security forces tried to forcefully evict my children, grandchildren and I from our home in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.


I’m over 59 years old now. My family has lived in this home for decades. Israeli forces and settlers will be coming to uproot my family from our home at any moment. But I have hope. If thousands of people take action around the world and put pressure on the Israeli government, they’ll back away.

I am opening the door for Ambassadors and the heads of international agencies to visit my home. If enough of them stop by then the Israeli authorities and settlers will be deterred from evicting us. But I need your help to convince the Ambassadors and international agency leaders to visit.


I worked hard to ensure my children received a decent education. My two oldest sons dedicate their lives working for human rights. My daughter is a university student. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my grandchildren who are 9 and 2 years old growing up in our family home. I pray for a peaceful future for them and my heartaches when I think we could all be evicted from our home in the coming days.

We’re being evicted because a settler organization, Ateret Cohanim, that publicly declares its desire to create a Jewish majority in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem petitioned the Israeli courts to kick us out of our home. The Israeli court issued an eviction order in September 2014 based on testimonies of Israeli settlers that want to take over our neighborhood. They know nothing about my family and our life at home, and are blinded by hate.

I have lived through my life watching my neighbors in the Old City, and my family across Jerusalem, being slowly pushed out of the city through cooperation between settlers, the Israeli political establishment and the outcome of discriminatory judicial rulings. I have decided to remain steadfast, and need your help to ensure we're not transferred.

Please join me in signing this petition. Once we reach a critical number of signers, I will march carrying your voices with dozens of activists and present it to ambassadors, international agencies and authorities in Israel, highlighting the suffering my family and other families endure, and creating enough international pressure to stop our eviction.



Your steadfast grandmother,

Nora Sub Laban


 

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