Five Pales­tinian fam­i­lies face evic­tion in fa­vor of Is­raeli set­tlers

Tehran Times - - WORLD IN FOCUS -

Is­raeli of­fi­cials have handed down or­ders to five Pales­tinian fam­i­lies re­sid­ing in­side a build­ing in oc­cu­pied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) to evac­u­ate their homes by the end of the month.

The Civic Coali­tion for Pales­tinian Rights in Jerusalem (CCPRJ) said on Satur­day that Is­rael’s so-called Law En­force­ment Depart­ment had given the or­der to the Sab­bagh fam­ily to leave the build­ing in the Sheikh Jar­rah neigh­bor­hood of oc­cu­pied East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and turn it over to the ex­trem­ist set­tlers who had claimed its own­er­ship by Jan­uary 23.

Es­tab­lished in 2005, the CCPRJ is a Pales­tinian non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion that aims to con­trib­ute to ef­fec­tive mo­bi­liza­tion and co­op­er­a­tion of civil so­ci­ety vis-à-vis Is­raeli poli­cies un­der­min­ing Pales­tinian rights in oc­cu­pied East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

In 2012, the Sab­bagh fam­ily lodged a law­suit at the Is­raeli District Court in alQuds (Jerusalem) against the Is­raeli set­tlers’ claim that they owned the land in ques­tion.

Even though the fam­ily pro­vided the court with con­clu­sive ev­i­dence prov­ing own­er­ship of the land and that Is­raeli set­ters’ land reg­is­tra­tion process done in 1972 was il­le­gal, the court ruled in fa­vor of the set­tlers.

The fam­ily ap­pealed the de­ci­sion to the High Court on Novem­ber 15, 2018, and re­quested to open the file of land own­er­ship. How­ever, the High Court re­jected the ap­peal and up­held the District Court’s de­ci­sion.

The fam­ily, through its lawyers, then re-ap­pealed against the High Court’s rul­ing through ask­ing for a five-judge panel in­stead of three. The at­tempt failed as well, which left the evic­tion of the five fam­i­lies im­mi­nent.

More than half a mil­lion Is­raelis live in over 120 set­tle­ments built since Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries of the West Bank in 1967. This is while much of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity con­sid­ers the set­tler units il­le­gal and sub­ject to the Geneva Con­ven­tions, which for­bid con­struc­tion on oc­cu­pied land.

Less than a month be­fore the United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took of­fice in Jan­uary 2017, the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) adopted Res­o­lu­tion 2334, call­ing on Is­rael to “im­me­di­ately and com­pletely cease all set­tle­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem” al-Quds.

About 600,000 Is­raelis live in over 230 il­le­gal set­tle­ments built since the 1967 Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Pales­tini­ans want the West Bank as part of a fu­ture in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state with East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its cap­i­tal.

The last round of Is­raeli-Pales­tinian talks col­lapsed in 2014. Among the ma­jor stick­ing points in those ne­go­ti­a­tions was Is­rael’s con­tin­ued set­tle­ment ex­pan­sion on Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries.

Trump back­tracked on Washington’s sup­port for a two-state so­lu­tion two years ago, say­ing he would sup­port any so­lu­tion fa­vored by both sides.

“Look­ing at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both par­ties like. I’m very happy with the one both par­ties like. I can live with ei­ther one,” the U.S. pres­i­dent said dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu in Washington in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

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