Activists start sit-in against possible Silwan evacuation (JERUSALEM POST) By MELANIE LIDMAN 12/27/10)
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“The residents here are under a lot of pressure and it’s stressing
everyone out,” Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement spokesman says.
Left-wing activists initiated a round-the-clock sit-in at the
building occupied by the Abu Naeb family in Silwan after news of a
possible evacuation spread on Sunday morning.
By evening, after it was clear that the evacuation was not happening
for the time being, 10 activists were joined by dozens of young
locals for an outdoor gathering that took on the air of a festive
“The residents here are under a lot of pressure,” said Assaf Sharon,
spokesman for the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement, who had been in
Silwan with activists since 8 a.m. There is heavy deployment of
soldiers everywhere, “and it’s stressing everyone out,” he said.
A dozen members of Yasam, the police’s special riot control unit,
were at almost every intersection in the busiest area of Silwan, near
Beit Yehonatan and the Old Yemenite Synagogue. Many residents said
the police presence was much higher than normal.
One boy was arrested after throwing stones at border police
patrolling near Honey House, which is located next to the Old
Yemenite Synagogue. Stones were also thrown at border policemen next
to Beit Yehonatan, and a gasoline bomb was set off near the building.
There were no injuries in any of the incidents.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said these were “regular events” and
not particularly more significant than those in the past, despite the
tensions in the neighborhood.
Since the immediate threat of riots accompanying evacuations of
either the Jews in Beit Yehonatan or the Arabs in the Old Yemenite
Synagogue had subsided with a compromise between Ateret Cohanim and
Mayor Nir Barkat, police will be conducting regular security patrols
on Monday, Rosenfeld said. (© 1995 - 2010 The Jerusalem Post.
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