Israeli court delays ruling on expulsion of Palestinian families in Silwan

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli court has postponed its decision on an appeal lodged by Palestinian families facing forced displacement from Batn al-Hawa area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.

On November 2020, seven eviction rulings were issued by the Israeli High Court in Jerusalem ordering the eviction of seven Palestinian families, over 87 Palestinians, in Batn al-Hawa to be replaced by Israeli settlers.

Two of the families, the Najah family and the Kayed al-Rajabi family had their appeal cases heard today, 26 May, but the decision on the appeal was postponed by the Court.

“The Israel magistrate court decided to expel us for the interest of the settlers who are supported by Ateret Cohanim, a settlement organisation whose main job is to replace Palestinians with Jews,” Kayed al-Rajabi told Al Jazeera.

“We were displaced from our houses in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1965 and now they want to displace us again.”

Al-Rajabi said the settlers claim his neighbourhood was owned by Yemeni Jews.

“If that’s true and they want to take their houses back, then we also want to get our houses in the Old City back,” he said.

Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict some 100 Palestinian families from the Batn al-Hawa area in Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.

Silwan, home to around 33,000 Palestinians, is located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Israel has been moving its citizens into the neighbourhood since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinian residents.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with evictions and house demolitions from their homes by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 26.05.2021)

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