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Palestinian house to be demolished after Israeli Court reverses decision

July 16, 2008 4:44 P.M. (Updated: July 16, 2008 4:44 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The house of the Al- Kurds family in East Jerusalem is set to be demolished on Thursday.

The decision is a reversal of an earlier orderby the High Court that had originally decided to allow the family to remain in their home.

This latest decision seems to be the end of a long dispute between the Al-Kurds and a Jewish group, which took over part of the property in 1999. The group claimed that the land had belonged to the Va'ad Sefaradi, a council of Rabbis, before 1948.

The high court previously ruled that the settlers must leave the house and that the Al-Kurd family should remain, but no action was taken against the settlers and they remained in the house.

This Tuesday the court reversed its decision stating that no claim to the property could be authenticated and ruled that the family should vacate the house within 24 hours and that it should be demolished.

The family has stated that they are refusing to leave and will be joined by International and Israeli activists in an attempt to resist the eviction.

The Internation Solidarity Movement (ISM) has stated that the ruling "sets a dangerous precident that could jeopardise the futures of another 27 palestinian houses in East Jerusalem."

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