The “Child Committee” of Israeli Knesset organized a visit to the settler house, “Beit Yonatan” in the Baten el-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan. The visit, according to the “Child Committee” is to investigate the welfare of the Jewish children as a result of the recent clashes between armed settler guards and Silwan residents and the uncertain future of their illegal settlement.
The visit was held at 11am and included representatives of a number of Israeli ministries: the Ministry of Internal Security, the Ministry of Construction and Housing, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Services, the Ministry of Interior, and Civilian Intelligence Israeli.
In a survey conducted by the Silwan Information Center (SilwanIC) of the residents of the Baten el-Hawa neighborhood (where Beit Yonatan settlement is located) the number one concern was the suffering of the children as a result of the recent violence. Residents concerns ranged from children inhaling tear gas, and the fear and panic induced by the violence. One resident commented, “the children of the settlers are heavily guarded 24/7 and these guards are the same people that threaten the lives of our children.”
Lastly, Baten el-Hawa neighborhood is the poorest in the Silwan region. It is the most crowded neighborhood and the children can be found playing in the narrow and dangerous alleys occupied by armed Israeli settler guards. There is no safe place for the Palestinian children of Baten el-Hawa.
Silwanian children during clashes