Israeli court decision threatens dozens of Jerusalem families to expel from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood

JERUSALEM _ Palestine News Network

Israel's Supreme Court, which has refused to discuss its ownership of the building where it lives, has rejected a Palestinian family's decision to expel it from its home, and has been facing the legal status of dozens of Palestinian families in the neighborhood, the Ha'aretz Daily reported Sunday. Risk of expulsion.

According to the paper, the building, which belonged to the Sabbagh family and was rejected by the court, would cause the displacement of 40 family members, including 30 children and infants who would have to leave their homes. The family has been living there since 1956 and they are refugees from Jaffa.

According to the paper, the Supreme Court resorted to the law of "absentee property", which states that property belonging to Palestinians prior to 1948 was extracted forever, unlike Jewish property, and that the building in Sheikh Jarrah was built on land that the Jews possessed before the "War of Independence", They are therefore required to evacuate.

The source of the settlers ' claim was a deal dating back to 1876, when the Svardim community Committee and the Ashkenazi community Committee bought the cave of Shimon's tomb and adjacent land, and a small Jewish neighbourhood was created in the area, where it was abandoned in the battles of the War of independence, and then occupied by Jordan.

Six years after 1948, the Jordanian Government and the United Nations set up homes for Palestinian refugees in the area, and the Sabbagh family got a house for a nominal rent.

In 2003, a company called "The Legacy of Shimon" purchased the land from both committees, a company registered on behalf of a foreign company in the state of Delfer, and it is not known who is behind it, the paper says.

In all legal proceedings, the company represents the extreme right-wing activist for settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, where in 2009 he was able to expel three Palestinian families from their homes, leading to international protests and continuing demonstrations to date in the neighbourhood every Friday.

About six months ago, another family was evacuated from another part of the neighborhood.

The Sabbagh family has been facing eviction since 2008, with the newspaper saying that "family lawyer Sami Araid and Saleh Abu Hussein have examined the land registration file and found that he suffers from defects, and brought a lawsuit before the central court asking him to open the debate on land ownership."

"We have good evidence that this land is not followed by Jewish committees, and that they rely on Turkish informers, but when you look at the registration file, you see that there is no koshan, not only this, but that the Deputy Registrar of the earth wrote less than a month before registering the land, that the alleged Kushan did not offer

It, however, was in less than a month, registering the land on behalf of the committees  ".

According to the paper, Arshid traveled to the archive of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul, and examined the figures of the Kuashin that appeared in the registration file, showing him that there are no informers with these figures, and said that he/"was found as a snitch concerning Jewish-owned land in Sheikh Jarrah, but it does not conform to the description of the place and limits Earth  ".

The Israeli central court refused to hear the evidence on the grounds that it was subject to the statute of limitations, because many years had elapsed since the registration of the land, which had led the lawyers to go to the Supreme Court and asked them to examine the evidence. However, after a brief discussion on Tuesday, the court decided to reject the Sabbagh's family request and accept the prescription.

"This decision will make it difficult for dozens of Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah to deal with property claims and evacuation demands from settlers," the paper said.

It is estimated that within a few weeks or a few months, the implementation and evacuation procedures will begin against 40 members of the Sabbagh family.

"Judges cling to a technical and procedural decision to prevent people from proving their credibility and to keep their home, and if the court heard the allegations, it would have reached a different conclusion," Araid said in response to the verdict.

"We have two houses in Jaffa and we have 250 dunums in Wiven, and we have land in Ashdod," said Mohamed Sabbagh, 71, the oldest of his brothers. Why can't I claim my property before 1948?  ".


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