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February 2020

Walls of Batan al-Hawa cry out neglect and dispossession

אחד מציורי הקיר בפרויקט אמנות הרחוב "אני עד לסילוואן"

A mural in the “I Witness Silwan” street art project.

For Palestinians, life in Batan al-Hawa is a pressure cooker. The neighborhood, located in Silwan in East Jerusalem, is deliberately neglected by the Israeli authorities, primarily the Jerusalem municipality and suffers overcrowding and a lack of basic public infrastructure needed for everyday life.

To make matters worse, residents live under a constant threat of eviction, as the Israeli authorities, using the Ateret Cohanim settler…