Jeruslem Gaza post – Israeli occupation authorities seized 4700 square meters of Palestinian-owned land in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in favor of the Israeli municipality’s plan to establish a park according to Saleh Diab, an activist.
He stated that the Israeli High Court issued a decision on Sunday ordering the confiscation of land owned by four families: Obeidat, Odeh, Jarallah, and Mansour, with the intention of converting it into a public park owned by the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem.
He said that the municipality first attempted to seize the land in 2016 but had failed at the time.
Kamal Obeidat, one of the owners, stated that the decision to seize the land located near a hotel targeted its area for construction from 18,000 to 36,000 square meters in favor of the Israeli municipality.
He clarified that this issue has been deliberated in the courts for more than 20 years, explaining that the land was used as a parking lot for buses and other vehicles in preparation for turning it into a project for the benefit of Palestinians in East Jerusalem but now the municipality wants to take it over in order to use it for its illegal settlements.
The Israeli occupation authorities, in collaboration with its courts, are actively attempting to evict several Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, falsely claiming that the land on which the homes were built in the 1950s belongs to Jews and thus wishing to evict the families and hand over the homes to Jewish settlers.
(Source / 01.11.2021)