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Israeli court orders eviction of Palestinian family in Silwan

Dec. 5, 2018 4:48 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2018 9:56 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Magistrate Court of Jerusalem ordered the eviction of a Palestinian family (the heirs of the late Mariam Abu Zuweir), from their property in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood in Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, on Wednesday.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan reported that the court allowed the family to implement the decision to evict the property, which is a house where a Palestinian woman, Ilham Siyam, and four of her children live in addition to a land of an area of ​​about 500 square meters, until the beginning of March 2019.

The center added that the Magistrate Court issued the eviction order, preceded by a session appointed by the Supreme Court to decide the "ownership of the land." Documents were submitted to the court stating that the land on which the house is built belongs to the late Jamil Siyam and not to the late Abu Zuweir.

The next court session will take place on the 8th of January.

Abu Zuweir's heirs explained that they had been engaged in a conflict in Israeli courts for 22 years to protect the property, prove ownership and to refute the claims of the Elad Settlement Association, and that they would continue to object against the court's decision.

Nihad Siyam, one of the heirs, explained that over the past years, Elad has worked hard to seize the property in a number of ways; first through the collusion between brokers and clients to have the fingerprints of the late Abu Zuweir on a document in which she gives up her property to three of her sons. In 1999, the Israeli courts rejected Elad's claims and confirmed that the property belonged to her eight children.

He added that Elad has made a new attempt to control the property by filing another case that claimed its right to the property claiming that the association had purchased three shares in the property (of the sons who are currently living in the United States headed by Mahmoud Daoud Khalil), and called for other shares to be classified as "Absentee Property" in 2001.

Siyam said that after several hearing sessions in the courts that Elad had already bought 4 shares from the heirs in addition to two shares under "Absentee Property," leaving only two shares for the late Munira and her sister Fatima. Today, a decision to evict the family in favor of the settlers was issued.

Siyam added that his late mother, Munira Siyam, and his brothers and himself faced the Israeli courts and the bias of the settlers and settlement associations and the prosecutions and fines imposed on them, and preventing them from any internal restoration in the house and land in order to protect the property overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque from its southern side.

He pointed out that the family is heading to the Israeli Central Court as they were allowed 45 days to object the decision to evict, by the Magistrate Court.
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