Occupied East Jerusalem – The Jerusalem District Court this week postponed the appeal of seven 44 Palestinian families who were evicted from their homes in the Batan al-Hawa district of Silwan.
The Palestinians say what they call the “Jews” of East Jerusalem, including deportations, will continue – it is only a matter of time.
Delayed trial on Wednesday following a previous court ruling expelling the families of 19 Batan al-Hawa families from their homes to house Israeli settlers who claimed to have lived there before 1948 during Israeli rule. Were established.
“The court is delaying the ruling because the situation in East Jerusalem is now very tense because of Palestinian families. Sheikh Jarah was fired And the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque, “Fakhri Abu Diab, chairman of the Silwan Land and Real Estate Committee and a researcher on Jerusalem affairs, told Al Jazeera.
“With US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in the region right now, this is not the time to continue to make Palestinians homeless,” Abu Diab said.
“However, the Israeli courts will eventually side with the settlers in the future and the evictions will continue.”
“I’m not afraid anymore”
Clashes erupted in Shiki Jara in recent weeks as Palestinians protested the suspended eviction of several families from their homes and clashed with Israeli security forces, resulting in injuries and arrests.
Walid Hosseini, the nephew of the late Faisal Hosseini, who represented the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) liaison in the 1991 Madrid Conference peace talks, told Al Jazeera that the Palestinians would not surrender again this time.
“The situation in Iraq is like the first intifada because more Palestinians are becoming politicized and they are no longer afraid,” said Hosseini, a former journalist who took part in the first Palestinian uprising.
“They have renounced their incompetent Palestinian dictatorship, just as they did before the corrupt Palestinian leadership in the PLO,” he said.
They realized that they had to take matters into their own hands because the international community would not put pressure on Israel. “
The Palestinians’ fear of Judaism in East Jerusalem seems to be forever associated with Israel’s real claim to a united Jerusalem and the capital of Israel.
Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem has been a continuous process for many years, followed by periods of silence and delay accompanied by international criticism and increasing pressure on Israel.
The Israeli New Peace organization said the planned eviction was part of a larger Israeli settlement movement, coordinated by Israeli authorities, to evict about 100 families from Batan al-Hawa, based on pre-1948 property claims.
A number of settlers who previously lived in the area received financial compensation from the Israeli government before 1948.
However, under Israeli law, Palestinians displaced from West Jerusalem and other areas along Israel’s internationally recognized Green Line are not eligible for compensation and do not have the legal right to retake their land.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says suspended deportations are part of Israeli law, including special laws that facilitate the seizure of property to build Israeli settlements.
A follow-up study by OCHA in 2020 found that at least 218 Palestinian families in East Jerusalem had filed evacuations, most of them initiated by immigrant organizations, and that 970 people, including 424 children, were at risk of displacement. have given.
“Most of the new cases have been identified in the Batan al-Hawa area of Silwan, which is still the community with the highest number of people at risk of displacement due to ongoing evacuation cases.” said OCHA
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a recent report that Israeli officials “should immediately and fully address all settlement activities in [occupied Palestinian territories] Examine East Jerusalem, “Review of some Israeli law” used as a basis for evicting Palestinians from their property in East Jerusalem, “and” Stop demolition and forced eviction. “
East Jerusalem Judaism goes beyond planned and planned expulsions.
According to the United Nations, Palestinians are seeking construction permits and can only build in 15 percent of occupied East Jerusalem, although they make up 40 percent of the population, while 30 percent of East Jerusalem is earmarked for the construction of illegal Israeli settlements.
The Israeli legal group B’Tselem said the Jerusalem municipal bureaucracy was restricting Palestinian construction by refusing to provide detailed urban construction plans – a precondition for obtaining building permits – for Palestinian neighborhoods.
The declaration of parts of East Jerusalem National Park further restricts Palestinian access, and so far four national parks have been declared in the occupied part of the city.
Cancellation of residence
According to Betselm, Israeli policy in East Jerusalem was to pressure the Palestinians to leave, creating a geographical and demographic reality that thwarted any future attempts to challenge Israeli sovereignty there.
“Palestinians leaving East Jerusalem for this policy or other reasons are at risk of losing their permanent residence and social benefits,” the organization said.
“Since 1967, Israel has revoked the permanent residency of about 14,500 Palestinians from East Jerusalem in such circumstances.”
OCHA stated that Israel’s actions have increasingly stopped in East Jerusalem, where the political, commercial, religious and cultural life of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories from other West Bank and Gaza Strip areas has come to the fore.
Mohammed, a teacher from Silwan who did not want to be named, told Al Jazeera that the Israelis were making life difficult for Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem with widespread arrests, indiscriminate night raids and checkpoints around the city.
“I am afraid of my family and I do not allow my children, especially my sons, to walk too much, so I insist on taking them everywhere,” he said.
“The rest of the time I make sure they stay home and tell you honestly that I’m very scared for my children ‘s future.”
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