Fakhri Abu Diab is one of 40,000 Palestinians crammed into Silwan, a dilapidated, over-populated village in East Jerusalem. Diab is irate. His home, together with more than 80 others, is slated to be demolished by the Jerusalem Municipality, which plans to develop the space into an archaeological park.
Thankfully for him, Diab has friends in high places, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During a recent visit to Jerusalem, Clinton criticized Israel for its plans to develop an archeological park in Silwan, warning that the demolition of 88 homes would be “unhelpful” for the peace process. Diab’s other supporters include the entire Arab world, European governments, the European Union, Britain, the United Nations and the Vatican.