Days Of Palestine – Jerusalem
An Israeli court yesterday ruled in favor of evicting a Palestinian-owned building in Silwan neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem and turn it over to an Israeli settler organization, according to Wadi Hilweh Information Center.
It said the Israeli court rejected all objections by the Dweik family, which owns the building, against a previous court ruling issued at the request of Ateret Cohanim settlement organization ordering the Dweik family to evacuate the building and turn over the land it is built on to Ateret Cohanim and gave the Palestinian family until August to enforce the eviction order.
Mazen Dweik, one of the owners, said that the building consists of five apartments in five floors where five families currently reside, noting that his grandfather bought the land on which the building was built in 1963.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center said 84 Palestinian families in Silwan have received over the past years notices to leave the land where their homes are built and turn them over to the settler organization. The families are currently battling these orders in Israeli courts.