|Legal Perspectives of the Jewish Settlement in Sheikh Jarrah and East Jerusalem, Jerusalem, January 17, 2010|
Last summer, three Palestinian families were evicted from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and 25 other families received eviction orders. The Partnership therefore decided to extend its support, and initiate student involvement in the neighborhood which is next door to the University. The study day, held as part of this involvement, addressed the complex legal issues surrounding the Jewish settlement in the neighborhood. The event featured presentations by Adv. Talia Sasson, Adv. Sami Ersheid, and Adv. Salah Abu Hussein, and was facilitated by Prof. Alon Harel of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University. It was held at the University's Mt. Scopus campus, and was the first time that the Sheikh Jarrah families had ever visited the campus. The evening was a very moving experience, demonstrating the importance and potential of campus-community partnerships.
The student involvement initiated in the neighborhood has been a joint ongoing activity with the families of Sheikh Jarrah, conducted through the Minerva Center for Human Rights. Ms. Amany Khalefa, teaching assistant of the Minerva Human Rights Fellows Program supervised a group of six students working with the families of Sheikh Jarrah to record their life stories and provide a platform for their voices.
As part of the ongoing activity, a website documenting the stories of the families of Sheikh Jarrah was constructed - http://www.sheikh-jarah.org/.
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