Abdalla, USA

June 15, 2011

I’m in the USA but my parents are from beit hanina Jerusalem. I’m a palestinian muslim.

Do you think the IDF really needs to be in east Jerusalem whens its mostly palestinian? And what do you think of the (Flag day) victory dances in sheik jarrah? Do you think it’s wise to rub it in their faces?

Is putting settlers a really good idea in east Jerusalem, especially the ones near palestinian villages?

Abdalla,

Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with me.

In answer to your first question.  The IDF does not operate in Jerusalem, it is the police forces that do.  Do I think that police need to be in Jerusalem, yes I do. Do I believe that they act fairly all the time, no.  They do not understand the concept of community policing and being responsible to the public which they serve, in my opinion.  That being said, police in any major city with diverse populations are put in difficult situations and they may not always make the smart choices.

I am not sure what you are referring to when you mention “flag day” I can only assume that you mean either Independence Day or Jerusalem Day.  On Independence Day I have no problem with people waving flags from there homes and dancing in the streets.  Jerusalem Day corresponds to the date on the Hebrew Calendar when Jerusalem was reunified in the 6 Day War in 1967.  In Sheik Jarrah one of the most well known battles of the 1967 war was fought at Ammunition Hill, which has become a museum and memorial to the soldiers that lost their lives in that battle.  Do I find it appropriate for people to commemorate their sacrifice on the day that the city was reunified, yes.  Do I think that it is appropriate to gloat and “rub it in the face” of the people that were once your enemy and now your neighbors, no not at all, I actually find that to be despicable.  Unfortunately, I do not know of the specifics of what you are referring to so everything I have said here is just conjecture.

Jerusalem is one city and I see no problem with people living wherever they want to, as long as they have come across the properties in a legal manner.

I hope you have found my answers insightful and helpful.  Please feel free to get back in touch with me or any of the others on the site.

Jonah

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