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Israeli court decides to displace five Palestinian families and grant their houses for settlers in Jerusalem

Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli Magistrate’s court decided on Sunday to expel five Palestinian families from their building in Silwan in favor of a settlement association.

Wadi Hilweh Information Centre said in a statement that the court ruled to expel the Dweik family from their houses in the neighborhood of Batn El Hawa in Silwan in favor of the settlement association “Ateret Cohanim” under the pretext that the land on which the building was built was owned by Jews.

The Israeli court rejected all the Dweiak family’s appeals against all junctions made by Ateret Cohanim.

The court gave Dweik family until the beginning of August to empty the building, in which they have been living for six decades.

Mazen Dweik stated that the five-story building shelters five families, which include 25 Palestinians.

Ateret Cohanim claims that it owns the land, on which the building was built, while the Dweik family has the documents that prove that their grandfather bought the land in 1963.

The Israeli targeting of the family has started in 2008 when Israeli authorities ordered to demolish two stories of the building under the pretext that it was built without permission.

The Israeli supreme court rejected the decision of the Israeli authorities but the family was shocked by a junction from Ateret Cohanim.

The settlement association started in 2005 to issue junctions against the residents of the neighborhood, demanding that they evacuate 84 houses in favor of Israeli settlers.

The association claims that it is responsible for the properties of Jews and that over 5 dunums of the neighborhood was owned by Yemeni Jews in 1881, over 60 years before the creation of the occupation state.

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