Five Palestinian families face eviction in favor of Israeli settlers
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.