Last summer, Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists worldwide rose up to defend Silwan and other villages in East Jerusalem from Israeli bulldozers. Silwan is out of the headlines, but the battle rages on!
Silwan is an example of creative resistance to Israeli efforts to destroy all Palestinian presence in the villages surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City. The community, while struggling with the impact of the Covid pandemic, faces the constant arrests of Silwani children, house thefts and demolitions, the imminent destruction of whole neighborhoods—and the use of the City of David National Park as an archeological weapon for conquest.
Jawad Siyam, founder of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center and Madaa Creative Center for Children, has been at the center of Silwani resistance. We’re honored to be able to share his perspective and news about the current situation.
Jody Sokolower, co-coordinator of MECA’s Teach Palestine Project, is the author of Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village. Determined to Stay is filled with voices of Silwani youth and their families that illuminate the connections between Israeli’s role in Palestine and racism faced by youth in the United States. Jody will share some of those stories and discuss ways her book can be a tool for building understanding and solidarity.
Silwani community leader Jawad Siyam on how the village is fighting current attacks from Israeli forces and settlers.
Jody Sokolower shares the stories, fears and dreams of Silwani youth from her book Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village.