Palestinian protester in Old City says ‘we are the people who own Jerusalem’

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Muna Barbar, a Palestinian woman from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, visits the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem on May 18, 2023. (Jeremy Sharon/Times of Israel)
Muna Barbar, a Palestinian woman from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, visits the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem on May 18, 2023. (Jeremy Sharon/Times of Israel)

Muna Barbar, a Palestinian woman from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, says she came to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City as a form of protest against the Flag March.

“I am here because they are here — the people who are occupying our land since 1948,” she says. “Every year we come to walk inside our Old City because we are the people who own Jerusalem, which is the capital of Palestine, and we are the people who live here since my great-great-great-grandfather.”

“They come every time this year to gather and convince themselves that Jerusalem belongs to them,” Barbar adds. “But all the dancing and flags will end in four hours and then the city will belong again to the residents.”

She adds that “Jews have no national rights here. They are only here because they have the guns and the support of America and the Europeans and are trying to make us a minority in Jerusalem.”

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