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Settlers forcibly evict Palestinian families from Silwan homes

Oct. 19, 2015 1:10 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2015 11:46 A.M.)
Israeli flags fly above a Palestinian home in East Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- At least nine Palestinians were left homeless on Monday after settlers escorted by Israeli security personnel forcibly evicted them from their homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

The Silwan-based Wadi Hilweh Information Center said a large group of Israeli border police and officers escorted staff from the far-right Israeli Ateret Cohanim organization to the Batn al-Hawa area of the neighborhood.

Israeli forces then surrounded two Palestinian houses belonging to the Abu Nab family before ransacking the property and evicting the families.

Helicopters were seen in the area, together with Israeli police dogs, during the eviction.

Israeli forces assaulted Abdullah Abu Nab with pepper spray during the eviction, which left four members of his family homeless. Five members of Sabri Abu Nab's family were also displaced by the eviction.

Zuheri al-Rajabi, a local Batan al-Hawa committee member, told Ma'an that Ateret Cohanim -- a group which works for a Jewish majority in the Old City and surrounding Palestinian neighborhoods -- claimed the Abu Nab properties were owned by the organization pre-1948.

The properties used to house a Jewish synagogue, it claimed, with the group consolidating legal action in 2002 to restore the building after arguing that the Abu Nab family had implemented illegal construction work on the homes.

The construction changes nullified the family's status as a protected leaseholder, the group said.

Israeli courts have issued several eviction orders against the families.

The Wadi Hilweh group says the eviction of the Abu Nab family is part of a larger plan to take over 5,200 square meters of land in the Batan al-Hawa area, which Ateret Cohanim claims belong the Jewish Yemenite families.

The area houses 80 Palestinian families in over 30 apartments.

On Aug. 27, up to 60 settlers moved into a building in Silwan which belonged to a member of the Sarhan family.

Peace Now said that over the past year settlers have doubled their presence in the Batan al-Hawa area of Silwan, with the August overnight takeover expanding the settlement from 10 to 35 Jewish families.

Around 500 settlers live in Silwan among a population of 45,000 Palestinians, one of mainly enclaves in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods surrounding the Old City, such as Ras al-Amud, al-Tur, Abu Dis, and Sheikh Jarrah.

Illegal settlements in East Jerusalem are designed to prevent any division of the city -- as is called for in the two state solution -- and to create a Jewish majority population in the city.

East Jerusalem is considered occupied territory under international law.
Comments
Horge / Spain
''At least nine Palestinians were left homeless,'' - clearly not enough. Send these Islamist Arabs back to Saudi Arabia
19/10/2015 14:36
Steve / US
If they make leagal claims of property owned pre 1948 what about Palestinian property legally owned pre 1948?
19/10/2015 14:57
Joe Fattal / USA
The only thing legal Israel can do is to leave the Palestinians alone. They are just using the settlers to provoke and incite and create the situation that they are in right now stabbing and killing.
19/10/2015 17:17
deebee / usa
To Steve: these rules are only for Jews to recover the property that was in Jewish hands. Palestinians have no such rights in the apartheid state.
To Horge: Ethnic cleansing is a war crime. Israel has already committed enough of these.
19/10/2015 18:58
Maureen / Australia
No wonder Netanyahu and his chorines don't want UN observers in Palestine!
19/10/2015 22:30
traducteur / Canada
Palestine is the ancestral homeland of the Palestinian people, no one else. The Jewish interlopers are outsiders having no connection to the land of any kind. They must and will go.
19/10/2015 22:43
@ deebee / Truth 1
Unlike many Muslim states,
-1- the Jewish State of Israel has no racist laws. And in fact,
Palestinians have been successful in fighting Israel's land confiscations in Israel's own courts, so you are obviously wrong !!
20/10/2015 00:29
Tobias / USA
ISRAEL SHOULD stop just responding the Palestinians terrorism, and
GO ON THE OFFENSIVE, and start creating a whole new wave of refugees, just like the Islamic State (except for murder and genocide) !!
20/10/2015 02:06
Rami / Palestine
@Horge - "Send these Islamist Arabs back to Saudi Arabia". You mean send them back to a place they never came from? What sense does that make, Horge from Spain? Maybe we can send you "back" to Yugoslavia. Does that make sense to you? BTW, the majority of Palestinians are secular, not "Islamist".
20/10/2015 12:28
Olga / USA
Good point Maureen. Problem now is that Irving works in the US and its unclear if he knows what they're doing as they're doing it or if he approves. Go know.
20/10/2015 14:24
gadi / Uruguay
To Rami/Palestine: Untill mid 1920�s there were no palestinians, evreybody were Sirians.When the hashemites brought by the British to rule where not accepte they invented Transjordan and put a hashemite king there.What you call palestinians went to bed as Sirians and awoke as Cisjordanians.
20/10/2015 16:13
ian / australia (1)
To gadi. "What you call palestinians went to bed as Sirians and awoke as Cisjordanians." Very clever, "gadi", but the fact that occupying powers impose new names on conquered people and carve up and rename their land doesn't mean they're not the indigenous people in it. Does it?
24/10/2015 00:13
ian / australia
"At least nine Palestinians were left homeless on Monday after settlers escorted by Israeli security personnel forcibly evicted them from their homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem." Were there not enough stabbings in Silwan for Israel's liking? If so, this should do the trick.
24/10/2015 00:15
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) And your attempt to deny Palestinian identity (which you bizarrely think nullifies their rights as human beings), and all presumably to support the bogus claim to Palestine of NON-Semitic Jews with names like Mileikowsky and Perski is just nasty hasbara. Isn't it?
24/10/2015 21:31
ian / australia (1)
To gadi. "What you call palestinians went to bed as Sirians and awoke as Cisjordanians." Very clever, "gadi", but the fact that occupying powers impose new names on conquered people and carve up and rename their land doesn't mean they're not the indigenous people in it. Does it?
24/10/2015 22:19
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) And your attempt to deny Palestinian identity (which you bizarrely think nullifies their rights as human beings), and all presumably to support the bogus claim to Palestine of NON-Semitic Jews with names like Mileikowsky and Perski is just nasty hasbara. Isn't it?
24/10/2015 22:20
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