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Published on Jan 23, 2011
I as a Palestinian and millions of other fellow Palestinians are denied the right to enter Jerusalem. I managed to enter Jerusalem many times like thousands of Palestinians do without seeking permission from the occupying army. Years ago, I taught highschool in Jerusalem and I know the city very well. This youtube from a recent visit gives you a glimpse. I was both saddened and yet strangely energized by the visit. The relentless effort to transform the city to make it "Jewish" (whatever that means) involved relentless efforts at ethnic cleansing. Just in the past two years, over 10,000 Palestinians from East Jerusalem had their residency rights revoked. This is done under 101 pretexts ranging from marrying someone from outside the city to getting a job in another city or renting or buying a peace of real estate outside the city. The latest bizarre situation is ruling that four elected members of the Palestinian Legistlative Council must renounce their electior or face deportation. One was already depotrted (for not showing allegiance to the Jewish state that illegally occupied annexed, and colonized his city). Three others have spent 205 days now in a tent in the yard of the Red Cross Building in Silwan. Yes, as I saw the amazing popular resistance carried out by all natives of Jerusalem against the colonial occupiers, I was uplifted in my spirits. It is just sad that many world governments continue to be silent on this.