Schlissel's third eviction

"If I had worn a keffiyeh, this would not have happened," Schlissel said.

May 7, 2006 21:35
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Schlissel's third eviction

tzipi schlissel 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Clutching her crying, ten-month old baby in her arms, Tziporah Schlissel sat on the dusty Hebron street on Sunday morning and yelled out her anger at the High Court of Justice, which decreed last week that she could be evacuated from the home she had lived in for the last month. Police claim some of her documents proving her right to be in the Beit Shapira building are forged. It is a claim that Schlissel rejects.

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"There is no justice and righteousness in this nation," she called out. "It's ruled by a corrupt gang." Schlissel, her husband and their eight children, were one of three families living in the structure, all of whom refused to leave until the police sawed open the metal doors. After scores of officers streamed into the building, all the members of the three families, except for Tziporah, agreed to leave on their own. She sat on a cot by a window, holding two of her small children. "Are you coming with us?" they asked her. When she refused to walk down the narrow stone stairwell and out the door, policewomen held onto each of her arms and legs and dragged her outside where they left her lying on her back on the road. Her baby, David, was taken out separately and immediately given to her as she sat on the street. "If I had worn a keffiyeh, this would not have happened," Schlissel said as a reporter helped her retie the black scarf she wore over her graying hair. Watching soldiers chase away young teens who were still trying to reach the structure, she said of the IDF, "it's a foreign army." She compared them to the two armies that ruled in the area before the creation of the state, the British and the Turks. Sunday's eviction was Schlissel's third such experience. As a teenager she went with her parents to the Sinai Peninsula to protest the evacuation of Yamit in 1982. In January, police dragged her away from her home in Mitzpe Shalhevet, when security forces evacuated eight families living in the empty Palestinian shops outside of the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. There too, they left her on the street.

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