Days of Palestine

Saturday, June 3

Israeli Court Freezes Decision to Evict Salem Family from Sheikh Jarrah



An Israeli court on Tuesday froze the forced displacement of a Palestinian family plan in occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, after international pressure.

Salem family had been ordered to surrender their property to Jewish settlers, after they were attacked and abused.

The Palestinian family received the order in November, with a deadline to leave by March 1.

The lawyer of the family was able to freeze the forced displacement procedures until a decision is made on the appeal, on the condition of depositing a financial guarantee of 25,000 shekels, after filing an appeal against the decision of Israel’s so-called Procedure and Implementation Department.

Khalil Salem, a member of the family, told AFP the decision was a positive step because we were on the verge of losing our house.

Earlier this month clashes broke out when the extremist Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir opened an “office” near the family’s house, and with the settlers began to attack and harass the Palestinians.

More than 500 Palestinians living in 28 houses in the neighborhood are facing threats of forced expulsion at the hands of settlement associations backed by the Israeli government and its judiciary system.