ACTNews, JERUSALEM – The temperature in Al-Quds, or the Old City of Jerusalem, is 7 degrees Celsius on Monday (3/18) morning. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children sleep in freezing cold. Their sweaters were too old, thin and tattered to protect them from the chilly air. Their socks and shoes could no longer give them warmth. New clothes and shoes are luxury for the Jerusalemite children since the economy in Palestine has collapsed since the conflict erupted in Jerusalem.
There was, however, a good news from Indonesia. Through Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), the aid from Indonesian donors could finally reach the Palestinian children. Last February, hundreds of pair of shoes were distributed to the murabitun children in Jerusalem.
“The beneficiaries were children living in the Old City. They are the children of the murabitin, the safeguards of Al-Aqsa Compound. There were 200 children receiving new shoes as a part of the Winter Aid program,” reported Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT, Monday (3/18).
The volunteers took these children in a shopping center in Jerusalem where the they were given a package of winter gear, including pairs of new shoes. The children then tried the new shoes, and some of them took pictures wearing their new shoes and jackets.
Winter amid illegal excavations
For the Palestinians, winter in Jerusalem is not only about struggling to fend off cold. They have to face the illegal occupation and excavation by Israel. In Silwan, a town south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the residents have to deal not only with the freezing winter.
International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reported that the rainfall in early March has caused serious damages in houses belonging to the Palestinians in Silwan, where Israel is illegally digging tunnels under the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the rainfall, which lasted for several hours a few days ago, has caused serious damage and cracks in the walls and foundations of many homes, located above the areas Israel is ongoing with digging tunnels and removing sand as part of its “tunnels network,” leading to the walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque, as written by IMEMC.