Zuheir a-Rajabi won’t bow to settlers’ takeover of Batan al-Hawa
Zuheir a-Rajabi heads the residents’ council of Batan al-Hawa, a neighborhood in Silwan, East Jerusalem. For years he has been fighting the takeover of the neighborhood by settlers whose actions are encouraged and supported by Israeli authorities. He has been documenting the daily violence Palestinian residents have suffered ever since the takeover began. As part of the most extensive dispossession proceedings underway in recent years in East Jerusalem, he recently received, as did most neighborhood residents, eviction claims from the Ateret Cohanim settler association. A-Rajabi does not intend to give in. As he explains, he was born in his home and that is where he’ll die, and his children will also remain there as long as they live.