Um Nasser of Batan al-Hawa, East Jerusalem, fights to keep her home
Najah a-Rajabi, also known as Um Nasser, lives in Batan al-Hawa, a neighborhood in Silwan, East Jerusalem. She is 62 years old and has nine children. Twelve years ago settlers took over the building that adjoins hers, and have made her life a misery ever since. She recently received, as did most local residents, eviction claims from the Ateret Cohanim settler association. Backed by authorities, it is part of the most extensive dispossession proceedings underway in recent years in East Jerusalem. Settlers are already living in a few neighborhood buildings, and they were joined by official and private security personnel funded by the Ministry of Housing. They regularly use violence against Palestinian residents, including the use of live fire and crowd control measures, threats, arresting minors and disrupting the fabric of life.