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Palestine Monitor | 13.11.2009 15:54 | Anti-militarism | Anti-racism | Palestine | World

Beyond the demolitions in its suburbs and the frequent, violent clashes around Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem hides a quieter shame. Southeast of the holy city live the Jahalin Bedouins, a community that has been repeatedly displaced, now enduring subhuman poverty beside Jerusalem’s largest garbage dump. An embarrassment to Palestinians and Israelis, the Bedouins' unique way of life is under grave threat.

60% of Jerusalem's rubbish ends up here
60% of Jerusalem's rubbish ends up here

Eid Raeb is a co-ordinator between the Jabal camp and the European NGOs which are its lifeblood. "The Bedouin life is finished", he declares without hesitation, "sometimes when I look outside I imagine how it was before, but I know that life is over." Eid is one of the founder members of Jabal and has taken their journey from land that became Ma’ale Adumim, one of the fastest growing settlements, to here.

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