Days Of Palestine – Jerusalem
The Israeli occupation municipality in Jerusalem issued yesterday a notice of eviction against seven Palestinian households in the neighborhood of Bab al-Silsila (Chain Gate) in Jerusalem’s Old City after claims their houses are on the verge of collapse due to cracks in the walls, which Palestinian say were caused from Israeli excavations under the houses.
Adnan Ghaith, the Palestinian Authority’s governor of Jerusalem, told WAFA news agency that the chance of collapse and the cracks in the buildings were the result of excavation carried out by settler organizations with the support and protection of the Israeli government in an attempt to give Jerusalem a Jewish identity while displacing its Palestinian residents.
Rashid Zahdeh, a resident of Bab al-Silsila, said that 22 families may be forced to evacuate their homes. He said that seven families have already been told to evacuate their homes as soon as possible while the remaining families are expected to get the notices in the near future.
He said that the Israeli excavations at Bab al-Silsila, which is one of the gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, are going to displace 200 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, which he believes is an intentional policy to force remove Palestinians from the Old City under various pretexts and replace them with Jewish settlers.