Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces have shut down all entrances of the Silwan neighborhood in the occupied Jerusalem since early morning.
The Israeli forces eventually raided Silwan and started closing all its entrances this morning, but none of the residents knew the reason behind the closure, as activist Qutayba Ouda said, stressing that the closure was eventually.
Meanwhile, at the order of the Israeli municipality, the Nassar Al Husseini family has self-demolished its home in Silwan to avoid paying 200,000 shekels in exorbitant demolition costs to the Israeli municipality (the staff and the police) if it carries out the demolition.
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 which allowed “Ateret Cohanim” to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the seven Palestinian families.
Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict Palestinian families from Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.
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 / 14.07.2021)