Children in Silwan traumatised by Israel’s ethnic cleansing policy

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A Palestinian child is pictured in front of the family home in the predominantly Arab neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem, on 9 November 2020. [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
A Palestinian child is pictured in front of the family home in the predominantly Arab neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem, on 9 November 2020

Palestinian children in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan have been traumatised by Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign, including threats to demolish their homes.

In a video report, theMaydan Al-QudsTV channel showed children who said they were afraid of displacement and are haunted by the idea of losing their homes and memories.

One child said: «Here, I used to water the plants, relax, sit, play and enjoy my time. After the demolition decision, I am afraid. I am afraid for myself, and I am afraid that the memories will disappear.»

Another said: «I can’t imagine that we will leave this house and not return to it again. The idea is very painful. I cannot believe we will lose our home.»

«My grandchildren…

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