Writing wrongs in East Jerusalem: A 16-year-old poet speaks out

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Mohammed al-Qurd, 16, has chosen poetry and writing as his way of peacefully resisting the Israeli occupation of his land and home

Six years ago, half of the al-Qurd family home was occupied by Israeli settlers who remain there to this day

SHEIKH JARRAH, Occupied East Jerusalem – 16-year-old Palestinian poet and aspiring writer Mohammed al-Qurd reads from his poem Jerusalem – the divine crime scene. Tall and slim with a depth and maturity beyond his years, Mohammed admits he is shy when meeting new people. Writing is his chosen mode of expression and his way of peacefully resisting the Israeli occupation of his land and home.

In 2009, a group of radical Israeli settlers stormed the al-Qurd family home, taking over half of the house. Mohammed’s grandmother Rifka was hospitalised following the incident and the family’s furniture was destroyed. Mohammed recalls the settlers sitting around a fire in the…

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