Jerusalem24 – Since the beginning of 2021, the occupied city of Jerusalem has witnessed several Israeli attacks, including settlement expansion and the storming of holy sites.
This year witnessed increased storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, with the Israeli military seen firing tear gas canisters and rubber coated metal bullets towards worshippers within the compound’s courtyard and in its buildings.
According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, house demolitions continued on from last year, with 158 Palestinian structures demolished leaving 311 people displaced by the demolitions. With 46 Palestinian communities in and around Jerusalem threatened with displacement.
In the months of April and May, the occupied city exploded with a widespread popular uprising, starting with protest demonstrations against the closure of the Damascus Gate, a popular public sphere for Palestinians in the city. There was also the movement in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah against the forced displacement of the Palestinian families there by Israeli settler organizations.
With challenges in education, construction and even existing in the city Palestinians are having a difficult time in occupied Jerusalem.
Despite all these hardships, the Palestinians of Jerusalem have remained steadfast in their existence within the city. “We are determined, because we are part of Jerusalem,” said Fadi Al-Hidmi, the Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs on Wake Up Palestine.
In this episode, we ask Mr. Al-Hidmi to discuss the run-down of what happened in Jerusalem in the year 2021. The challenges they faced, and the achievements they made.