Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli Magistrate Court ordered Monday to evict a native Palestinian family from its home in the neighbourhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan, occupied Jerusalem for the benefit of settlers.
The court ruling came in favor of the settler organizations of Ateret Cohanim and Elad, which filed a lawsuit demanding that the house be emptied under the pretext that it was absentee property, reported WAFA.
The court gave the Sumrain family a 90-day notice to evacuate the whole building, according to Wadi Hilweh Information Center. Meanwhile, the family assured that it will appeal to the Central Court.
The Surains have been fighting orders by Israeli courts since 1991. Israeli authorities transferred the building ownership to absentee property following the death of Musa Abdallah Sumrain in 1983. The sons of Musa Sumrain were informed only in 1991 about the authorities’ decision, and the family has started ever since its fight against Israeli courts.
Israeli authorities transferred the ownership of the building to the Israeli Development authority later on then to Himonta corporation.
The building consists of for rooms, where 13 members live, It is located in the middle of a settlement outpost at the entrance of Wadi Hilweh and it overlooks the southern side of the Al Aqsa mosque.
The Israeli absentees’ property law was created in 1950, which was two years after the creation of the occupation state. It allows properties of native Palestinians, who were expelled or killed in 1948, to be placed under the control of the occupation state. It was the main legal instrument used by ‘Israel’ to take possession of the land belonging to the internal and external Palestinian refugees, and Muslim Waqf properties across Palestine.