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Israeli authorities demand ownership of Palestinian land in Silwan

March 5, 2019 1:59 P.M. (Updated: March 7, 2019 1:59 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities issued court notices demanding ownership of a land on which a Jerusalem family owns a building in the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan of occupied East Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said, in a statement on Tuesday, that the Ateret Cohanim Israeli Jewish organization delivered the notices to nine members of the Maragha family; Hmeidan, Azziyeh, Salah, Fadwa, Munira, Naim, Rabia, Inaam and Itaf Maragha, demanding ownership to the land on which the family’s building was constructed.

The building consists of five apartments and a parking lot, and houses 15 members of the family.

The Maragha family said that their family has been living in this building in the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood for more than 100 years, adding that they have documents proving the family’s ownership of the land and the property.

A local follow-up committee in Batn al-Hawa said that this comes under Ateret Cohanim’s plan to seize control over 5 dunams and 200 square meters of the neighborhood, under claims that they belong to Yemeni Jews since 1881.

The committee added that there are between 30 and 35 buildings on the entire land demanded by the organization.

The committee stressed that they will respond and object to the notices.

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