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Palestinian family evicted to make way for settlers

September 15, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Palestinian family forcibly evicted from their home in occupied East Jerusalem. [UNHCR]

Israeli police today evicted a Palestinian family of eight, including two children, from their house in occupied East Jerusalem and transferred the property to an Israeli settler organisation, the UNOCHA reported.

According to the UN organisation, the home is part of a larger residential complex comprising nine apartments, eight of which were occupied by Israeli settlers in July 2010, causing the displacement of seven Palestinian households.

Ateret Cohanim, an Israeli settler organisation located in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem, apparently purchased the property in the 1980s.

The evicted family has been renting the property since the 1930s.

In August 2016, another three Palestinian families, consisting of seven adults and ten children, were evicted from their homes in the Old City in similar circumstances.

Today’s eviction follows protracted legal proceedings that have been ongoing since the late 1990s. The latest stage involved an appeal by the family to the Israeli Supreme Court, challenging a previous ruling by a district court, which rejected the family’s claim about its status as a protected tenant; the appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court on 30 May.