A Jerusalem human rights centre has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities have forced a Palestinian family out of their home in order to give it to illegal Jewish settlers. Hussein Hajoo and his family had to leave the house in Wadi Hilweh, Silwan, near Al Aqsa Mosque.
According to the Wady Hilweh Information Centre, the eviction process followed a court order issued in October. The keys of the house were handed over to the court.
The Centre said in a press release on Thursday that the occupation authorities raided the house on Wednesday and emptied it of all its contents before changing the locks. The locksmith was contracted by the Loyal Investment Company, which is regarded as a powerful ally of the settler movement in Silwan; this company claims to own the house.
Six members of the Hajoo family are now homeless and sleeping in a tent outside their home. Hussein Hajoo's 6-year old son suffers from heart disease and is dependent on a machine to support his lungs and other bodily functions; for that he needs a secure electricity supply, something not possible in a tent on the street.