Days Of Palestine – Jerusalem
Hemaya Center for Human Rights has denounced the decision taken by an Israeli court to evict Palestinian citizens from the apartment building of al-Rajbi family in Silwan district, east Jerusalem, describing the step as “invalid, illegal and against international law.”
In a statement on its website, Hemaya warned that “such decision aims to perpetuate settlement activity through appropriating Palestinian lands in the West Bank and Jerusalem.”
The Center accused Israel of escalating the use of its ethnic cleansing policy recently against the Palestinian citizens in Jerusalem and the West Bank, calling such practices as “crimes under international law, especially the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention.”
Hemaya Center called on the international law to force Israel to respect the provisions of the international law and the UN resolutions and stop its demolition and displacement campaigns against the Palestinians.
After a series of legal maneuvers, the Ateret Cohanim settler group recently succeeded in extracting a court verdict ordering the eviction of a Palestinian family from the neighborhood of Silwan near the Old City of Jerusalem on the grounds that the land was owned by Jews before 1948 on Sunday.
Ateret Cohanim is a right wing NGO that aids Jews in grabbing Palestinian real estate through different means and facilitating purchases of residential Arab properties in east Jerusalem.
According to Haaretz website, the ruling could set a precedent for the eviction of another 700 Palestinian residents living in Silwan. 100 families are facing possible eviction orders in the neighborhood.
In 2001, the Jerusalem district court accepted a request by Ateret Cohanim to be named trustees of the land on grounds that it was Jewish property.
Haaretz said that the Israeli law enables Jewish heirs or groups to reclaim property in east Jerusalem, but it does not enable Palestinian owners to reclaim their property in west Jerusalem.