"Mr Yakov is Nabils enemy – and has, uninvited, moved into his home."
"JERUSALEM. Every time Nabil al-Kurd, leaves his house, he must pass his enemy."
"the Enemy called mr Yakov."
"Mr Yakov is not just the enemy, and he has also taken Nabil al-soran emirate, badinan emirate home in possession. Mr Yakov lives in the front building, Nabil al-Kurd family invested their savings in and completed in 2001. He wanted to give more space for his large family, increase comfort and maybe even raise its status a bit when he went in retirement after a long professional life."
"instead, moved mr Yakov. Uninvited. So Nabil, his wife, children, and old mother were allowed to penetrate up in the old house at the back on the estate, which was completed in 1953 and, since then, been at the centre of the al-Kurd family."
"Before then, lived the family in Haifa, down by the coast. But Haifa is now situated in the state of Israel, and from there fled the al-Kurd family during the first jewish-arab war in 1948."
"After the conflict in 1948, followed the wars in 1956, 1967, 1973, plus, of course, all riots, acts of terrorism, the wars in Lebanon, the wars in Gaza, the occupations and withdrawals, stone throwing, självmordsbomber, air raids and mortar attacks. There has never been peace. But in the area where Nabil al-Kurd family live in east Jerusalem, it has still been fairly quiet."
"It is called Sheikh Jarrah. Here live the palestinian middle class, people who want to work, watering their gardens and ensure that the children acquire education. Bakers. Plumber with own firm. The owner of the taxirörelser."
"In your old age to Nabil al-Kurd, consequently, sit in a sturdy, soft armchair in the shade of the big rosenbusken and read in the Qur'an. In all cases during the month of Ramadan. It is a worthy employment for a man who, in June turn 75, and who worked many long years as lagerföreståndare first in Kuwait and then in Jordan in order to support his family."
"If it were not for mr. Yakov."
"When he comes up, raises Nabil al-Kurd surprising tone and his face twisted in sudden anger."
" He is my enemy! The only time I talk to him is when I ask him to clear the drain."
"Mr Yakov is not at home. The house he has taken possession of the are due, the boxes are igenslammade of dirt, in the midst of it, you can imagine the clothes and the sheets are tossed in piles. The garden in front of the entrance door is a jungle with thin plastic bags that are stuck in the high, rough grass. Where there is a blue plastic case with empty beer bottles. In front of the door he has set up a provisional wall of the chipboard and on the spånplattorna he painted a star of david."
"Mr Yakov is an israeli jew."
"Nabil al-Kurd is a palestinian muslim."
"the War on the sacred earth has come to Nabil al-soran emirate, badinan emirate garden."
"It is pointless to debate when it started. The ultra-orthodox and pious jews, as with the swinging överkroppar and chanting voices behind Nabil al-soran emirate, badinan emirate garden praying in Simon the Just's tomb would be able to quote this wise man as verification that they have a right to the place."
"Then we are talking about the 200's bc."
"The believers, muslims who pray at the Sheikh Jarrahs tomb a few steps away in the other direction can quote that great man, warrior Saladins personal physician, as proof that they have hemortsrätt. When we are talking 1200-century."
"There is always an ancestor, grave, stone, hill or cave to refer to."
"But the easiest is to begin in 1948 when the al-Kurd family fled from Haifa and settled in east Jerusalem."
"The part of the holy city then belonged to Jordan gave the refugees permission to settle in the district of Sheikh Jarrah. The UN refugee agency UNRWA built houses as the refugees moved in."
"the Years went by, new war broke out and in 1967 was incorporated into east Jerusalem in violation of international law in Israel."
"Then you got the jews the opportunity to claim land that they say they have a right to. But palestinian refugees have no right to claim back the houses in Haifa, Jaffa and other places in Israel that they fled or were forced to leave."
"Without having moved a metre was Nabil al-Kurd in the country that he fled from."
"There is a dangerous monotony of the refugees' stories. Have you heard a have you heard all the. A man as Nabil al-Kurd is in no way unique, the only thing unique about him is that he has a stranger in his house."
"Out on the street ränner children back and forth. A kid on a bike, wobbling dangerous to car traffic. Otherwise the hot afternoon quiet. During the month of ramadan bothered no man to rush around, everyone is tired, hungry and thirsty."
"Nabil al-Kurd family became resident in Israel but got no citizenship. There was none of the palestinians living in east Jerusalem. They got the past permanent residence."
"at the same time, jewish demands on properties in east Jerusalem, it is a movement that has been going on and off in decades, a quiet and in the big picture barely noticeable movement of palestinians and the occupation of jewish settlers. The first four months of this year lost 193 people in this way of their homes in east Jerusalem, according to the UN agency OCHA."
"It is here mr. Yakov."
"Always is no document or historical precedent to refer to. If it is not the bible, it may be contract of sale from the 1800's. A couple of jewish foundations say they bought the land in Sheikh Jarrah in the 1800s. It is jewish land. The palestinians respond that at the time was ruled by the Ottoman empire over the place and where försåldes certainly no real estate."
"So, where can it hold on in the long court proceedings that the palestinians ultimately lose anyway."
"That house on the other side of the street. The inhabitants were evicted and jewish settlers moved in. Plenty of security cameras monitor the property. An israeli flag droops on the roof. The settlers have nothing to with the surrounding landscape to do, they are not talking with the neighbors, they hurry in and out of the building, they are just here to cement ethnic or possibly religious property."
"Just as mr Yakov, who moved into Nabil al-soran emirate, badinan emirate house. A court found that Nabil had built the new house without permission. The palestinians never get a building permit. Nabil was allowed, therefore, does not reside in their new house. But the authorities decided not to the building would be demolished or that the West would pay the penalty or the like."
"instead moved the jewish settlers out. Nabil says that during the ten years that have at least 65 people lived there. Mr. Yakov is the latest in the line.it is enough to see the decay in the garden and the igenslammade the boxes to realize that mr Yakov is not here, for he thinks it is fine. He marks the attendance."
"So continues a seemingly uncompromising ethnic cleansing. A family here, one there. They disappear somewhere else. In the neighborhood next to live Mohammed Abed Sabbagh with his family and four brothers as neighbours. They share a large house. They have lived here since 1956. They have now vräkningsorder."
"They will be removed. 32 people in five families. Where will they go? It is their concern. Some of the evicted families settled several months on the street in protest but they did nothing."
"in Addition to the refugees, lurks another monotony in stories like this. It is the ever suffering palestinians. Women who cry. Men who beat their chests and cabins with his fists."
"But in Sheikh Jarrah, there is none of this, more than to the citizens every now and then protesting against the evictions. The gray-white houses are cared for and decently large. The gardens manicured. Residents are most interested in peace and quiet, except possibly when it comes to entertainment: the retired plumber Mohammed Abed Sabbagh says that he prefers american action with Bruce Willis and Steven Seagal, above the dreary arab films."
"Now obscures it. A baker standing outside his gate and looking at the kids playing. Another watering their flowers. Nabil al-Kurd and left the comfortable chair at the rosenbusken to mess with anything inside the house."
"A tranquil evening. And soon it will explode. Again."