Ali Durrani

This story shares many similarities with every Palestinian story, yet the story of the Wallajeh village seems unrivaled in its absurdity. Encircled by the District Coordinating Office (DCO) checkpoint in Beit Jala, the Jewish settlements of Gilo and Har Gilo, the Biblical Zoo (which sits on Wallajeh land), Hadassah Ein Karem hospital, and Teddy Kollek football stadium, Wallajeh has nearly been subsumed by "Greater Jerusalem." Indeed, Israel 'unknowingly' annexed almost half of the village of 2000 people to the municipality of Jerusalem 38 years ago.