In this innovative project, B’Tselem and the Guardian gave six Palestinians and Israelis cameras to create video diaries of their lives in occupied East Jerusalem, under the shadow of the settlement enterprise. The diaries offer a glimpse into the impact of the volatile reality on their lives. This is one aspect of B’Tselem’s video project, in which the organization has given some 200 Palestinian families cameras to document violations of their rights.
Sheikh Jarrah is a Palestinian neighborhood that was also home to a very small Jewish community before 1948. The Jordanian government, which controlled it until 1967, settled 28 Palestinian refugee families there who lived before 1948 inside what is now Israel. Recently, fundamentalist settler organizations won a claim of ownership to several plots of land there under an Israeli court. Several of the families have been evicted from all or part of their homes, with settlers taking their place in what is a declared effort to Judaize the area.