During last Saturday protest organized by South West Bank Popular Committees. Located in front of the endangered Beit Elbarakah compound (House of Blessing).
Beit Elbarakah compound is a property of the Palestinian Christian endowment. Since 1983 it was used for Church religious and social activities. The property was taken over at gunpoint by Zionist Israeli occupation colonists and forces
We protest there on weekly basis to confirm the Palestinian Identity of this property and all Palestinian land. The protesters called all international banks to DIVEST from Israeli occupation banks.
Involved in Colonial activities in the Palestinian land occupied in 1967, they also chanted for freedom, justice, humanity, and raised Palestinian flags and signs demanding to boycott Israeli occupation and to put an end to Israeli occupation and the illegal colonization of Palestinian land. 10s of heavily armed Zionist occupation forces prevented us at gunpoint from reaching the compound, 15 August 2015.
Accrding to Haaretz’s investigation a Swedish company established in 2007 had been used to cover up the sale and transfer of Beit Elbaraka in 2012 to a settler organization funded by American millionaire Irving Moskowitz.
A pastor who headed the church that previously owned the compound, Keith Coleman, told Haaretz “he thought it had been sold to a Swedish company called Scandinavian Seamen Holy Land Enterprises in March 2008 that would revive its use as a church”. Haaretz discovered however that, “the Swedish group was established in Stockholm in 2007, and seems to have been used as a cover for transferring the ownership of the compound to the settlers.
The company was then dissolved, with ownership handed over to an American nonprofit organization, American Friends of the Everest Foundation,funded by Irving Moskowitz and working towards the eventual “Judaization” of occupied East Jerusalem.