Israeli court orders eviction of Jerusalemite family

Shamasna family eviction home

An Israeli court ordered Tuesday the eviction of the Shamasna family from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

Earlier on Monday, the court had refused an appeal submitted by the family against the eviction order which was issued several years ago.

Speaking to the PIC reporter, Mohamed Shamasna expressed concern that the family house could be evicted at any moment.

For his part, Hatem Abdel-Qader, a member of Fatah movement’s Revolutionary Council, considered the eviction order as a political decision par excellence which only serves Israeli settlers.

Israelis have claimed that Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood was once the site of a 19th century Jewish community. Many families in the neighborhood have been embroiled in legal disputes for decades, as various Israeli settlers have attempted to claim ownership over their homes.

According to the Israeli law, Jewish Israelis are permitted to claim ownership over property believed to have been owned by Jews before 1948 during Ottoman or British rule. However, such a law does not exist for the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who were displaced from their lands and homes during and after the establishment of the state of Israel.

(Source / 22.08.2017)

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