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Israel refuses to freeze Jerusalem home eviction

Aug. 2, 2013 4:24 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2013 9:38 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- The absentee properties office in Israel refused Thursday to freeze the evacuation order of a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem, locals said.

Karim Siam, a member of Siam family who got the evacuation order, said that his lawyer informed him that the absentee properties office refused to freeze the evacuation order.

The office asked the family to pay 40,000 shekels in rent value to freeze the order.

Siam explained that the office told his lawyer to appeal the decision from Aug. 1, 2013 within 45 days. He said that if he did not pay the money, the order would be carried out and the house evacuated.

Jerusalem Gov. Adnan al-Hussini has pledged to put up half the money, Siam said.

In July, after a six year legal battle to prove ownership of the property, an Israeli court decision ruled that the house is absentee property and ordered the Siam family to leave the premises by the end of July.

The family was also ordered to pay 40,000 shekels ($11,200) as a rent supplement and 20,000 shekels ($5,600) to the court.

The family of eight says it has lived in the property since the 1960s.
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