This is the reality of Palestinian life in East Jerusalem today.
76% of all Palestinians in East Jerusalem live below the poverty line, including 83% of Palestinian children. Only
41% of Palestinian children are enrolled in official municipal schools, with 33% dropping out before 12th grade.
And over a third of residents are not connected to Jerusalem's water infrastructure.*
Beyond those grim statistics lies the additional threat of home eviction – the fate that befell Mohammad Shamasneh
and his family. After 45 years, through no fault of their own, the Shamasneh family was thrown out of their own
house. They were forced to watch helplessly as right-wing settler ideologues occupied the home in which multiple
generations of their family has been raised. Their lives have been upended ever since.
Reports have shown that at least 180 Palestinian families are at risk of eviction, with most of these cases
initiated by settler organizations.
Through our "Shelter for the
Shamasnehs" campaign, Americans for Peace Now is working to right this injustice. With over $4,000 raised so
far, we're well on our way to achieving this goal – but we need your help. Join us and help make a real difference on
the ground by finding a new home for the Shamasneh family.
(*Association for Civil Rights in Israel)
(**UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)