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After the Punishment: Home Demolition...
Jerusalem
By Ibrahim Husseini
21 Dec 2014

Silwan, East Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories

December 23, 2014

Enas Shalodi is a 43-year-old mother of five children who lives in Silwan, a densely populated and poor suburb south of Jerusalem.
The Israeli military demolished Shalodi’s house in November at the orders of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s after her oldest son, 21-year-old Abdel Rahman, drove his car into a light train in Jerusalem, killing a three month old baby and a 21-year-old woman from Ecuador. Abdul Rahman was shot on the scene, and later died of his wounds.
Critics say the demolition of the family's home is a pure act of vengeance and a case in point of a double-standard policy practiced by Israel. The homes belonging to the killers of Mohammad Abu Khdair, a Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and beaten to death in July by Israeli settlers, were not demolished.
Abdul Rahman Shalodi was previously jailed for 16 months on counts of throwing rocks at Israelis, according to Enas. He was released in December 2012. Following his release, he was arrested several times for short periods of time without being charged. The Shabak, Israel's internal security service, regularly called him and pressured him to collaborate with it, Enas said, then “he started to have psychological problems."
This video aims to shed light on the struggle of a Palestinian family in one of Jerusalem's toughest neighborhoods.
Israeli policemen interrupted the interview with Enas Shanodi when the suddenly arrived to inspect the building where she is staying with her children. She says that the police have raided this building at least 10 times.
Silwan, adjacent to the Noble Sanctuary which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is a target for hardline Jewish groups who are trying to settle in Palestinian neighborhoods in east Jerusalem. The neighborhood is often the site of heavy clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli security, which usually end with the arrest of young Palestinians.
Archaeological excavations in Silwan are also an unsettling factor. Israel is carrying them out in order to prove that Jerusalem has a Jewish origin. Palestinians say these excavations often result in confiscating their lands and denying them the right to build homes.

Shot List

Shot List

1 Various of Jerusalem
2 Various of Israeli police troops on the streets
3 Wide of street
4 Medium of banner with logo of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine commemorating Abdel Rahman Shalodi as a martyr
5 Wide of street where Enas Shalodi lives. Graffiti “Palestina Libre!! Argentina” (Free Palestine!! Argentina)
6 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Enas Shalodi

“Ten days before the demolition, when they [Israeli police] came and took measurements of the house, we knew they were going to demolish [it]. We removed all the furniture and the children’s belongings.

“Here, we live in the Shalodi building, which belongs to my husband’s brothers. We transported all of our furniture to the building and put them in seven apartments.

"Right now we are living in my brother-in-law’s apartment. He is in Jordan now and will come back in five months. We are staying in his place and our furniture is stored in seven other apartments that belong to my brothers-in-law and my mother-in-law. We can only use the living room and one bedroom in the apartment in which we are staying, so the situation is a little difficult. Some of my children sleep at their grandmother's and some sleep here…"

[A young man’s voice]: "The police are here"

"They are here"

“The police are here"

Enas: They came? Who came? The police are here!

[Conversation among police officers in Hebrew.]

7 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Enas Shalodi
“They came here when we moved in and said that we are not allowed to stay. [They show up whenever] a reporter comes here.

“Also, no one had lived in my brother-in-law’s apartment for a year and a half. We were fixing it. Whenever we brought something to the [apartment], they [Israeli police] would immediately come and say: ‘You cannot repair the [apartment].’ They [Israeli police] also told us that we cannot stay in my brother-in-law’s apartment. They [Israeli police] are also threatening us to demolish the home where we are staying now, which belongs to my brother in law. They [Israeli police] came here last night at 8 pm. Last week they came here on four days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The week before, they came on Sunday. Since the demolition, approximately 34 days ago, they broke in here about 10 times.”

8 Various of Enas Shalodi’s demolished house
9 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Enas Shalodi

“I do not know, ending the occupation! I mean this suffering will not end and the suffering of every Jerusalemite will not end until the occupation ends.

10 Various of Enas Shalodi’s demolished house

“If we receive aid from benefactors or any international organizations, we will buy a house or a small apartment because we cannot afford to buy a house [on our own] right now. Two [of my children] are studying in the university and three in school and my husband is a humble worker. He works at a car wash station owned by Jews. So his income is barely enough to pay daily expenses. Add to that our kids university tuition costs a lot. We cannot save to buy a home and pay for their tuition. So we are asking help from the organizations. They all promised help but we have not received any."

11 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Teenage girl) Nebras, Enas Shalodi's daughter

“We have no computer, no TV, no devices and the house is too small. It is not enough."

12 Various of Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, West Jerusalem
13 SOUNDBITE (English with Hebrew accent, Man) Likud Party member
“I think that me and you, we have a disagreement. There are some territories which you consider to be Palestinian and I consider to be Israeli. For instance, East Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Ariel, and what we call the settlement block.

“We want to make it real. We are going to stay in these places, therefore we are going to build in these places. We remember what happened from 1948 to 1967. Jews could not go to East Jerusalem. They could not go to the Western Wall and Mount of Olives.

“We want to protect ourselves. This is why we are doing that. Now, besides, that, we have a dispute in Israel itself -- whether to build in other places in the territories. We are trying to manage this dispute. We don’t fully agree inside Israel, but we are making our best.”

14 Various of settlement
15 SOUNDBITE (English with Hebrew accent, Man) Likud Party member

“We are willing to deal with it. We remember what happened [in] every territory that Israel pulled out of. If you remember, we pulled out in 1993 from territories and we got terror. We pulled out in the year 2000 from South Lebanon, and we got terror. We pulled out of Gaza, completely, in the year 2005, and we got terror.

“We are only asking to protect ourselves. Besides that, do not forget that even before; we came into the territories in 1967 and we were under criticism.”

16 Various of separation wall
17 SOUNDBITE (English with Hebrew accent, Man) Eli Hazan, Likud Party member

“Personally, I accept the two-state solution of Benjamin Netanyahu from (…) June 2009, which says that (…) Jerusalem will be united under Israeli sovereignty. We are under the settlement block in Jerusalem in Gosh Etzion and Ariel and the recognition by Palestinians [of] the Israeli State. That is the solution for me and my point of view.”

18 Various of settlements

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Egypt's Al-Azhar Rejects Mufti's Visi...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
19 Apr 2012

Al-Azhar officially confirmed on Thursday, April 19, that it opposes Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa’s visit to Jerusalem. The statement was issued after an emergency meeting of Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, chaired by Al-Azhar Grand Imam, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyib.

The Islamic Research Academy held a conference after the meeting where Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, the Academy Secretary-General, explained that the opposition was due to the fact that Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are still under the Israeli occupation.

Gomaa's visit to Jerusalem was made Wednesday, April 18, under sponsorship of Jordanian authorities. The Mufti reported that both Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem welcomed him, and that there were no Israelis inside Al-Aqsa Mosque during his visit. He concluded with the statement that the Palestinians of Jerusalem are under "detestable Israeli occupation," and called on all Muslims to resist the ongoing Judaization attempts of the city.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy:
"Al-Azhar reaffirms its opposing position on the visit [of Mufti Ali Gomaa’s] to Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque while they are under Israeli occupation. The Islamic Research Academy has listened to the clarifications of the Mufti and the circumstances of his visit. The Mufti mentioned that his visit was personal, not official and that he did not get a visa for the visit from Israeli authorities."

For his part, Gomaa stated that his visit was purely personal and that it did not represent any of Egypt's official Islamic institutions, adding that the visit was for academic purposes, and was not done for any normalization purposes, or under Israeli sponsorship.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa:
"The visit was not done under the principle of normalization, or the flag of Israel. Allah has granted me the honor of visiting this place, which is part of us all. This visit was not official, but it was a personal visit. It represents neither the Islamic Research Academy, Al-Azhar, or the House of Fatwa."

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 19, 2012
Length: 0:02:34
Video Size: 126 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS
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1- Various external shots of Al-Azhar administrative office in Cairo
2- Medium shots of the sign at the building reading, "Azhar Administrative Office"
3- Various shots of the emergency meeting of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, chaired by Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyib, on the visit of Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa to Jerusalem
4- Wide shot of the press conference of Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Sheikh Ali Abdel-Baqi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy:
"Al-Azhar reaffirms its rejecting position on visiting Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque while they are under the Israel occupation. The Islamic Research Academy has listened to the clarifications of the Mufti and the circumstances of the visit. The Mufti mentioned that his visit was personal, not official and that he didn’t get a visa for the visit from the authorities of the Israeli occupation." 6- Various shots of the press conference of Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt's Mufti Ali Gomaa:
"The visit was not done under the principle of normalization or the flag of Israel. Allah has granted me the honor of visiting this place, which is part of us all. This visit was not official, but it was a personal visit. It represents neither the Islamic Research Academy, Al-Azhar, or the House of Fatwa." 8- Various shots of the Mufti speaking to reporters
9- Various shots of the Mufti concluding the press conference and leaving
10- Wide shot, Al-Azhar administrative office in Cairo