Israeli court postpones hearing on forced eviction in Silwan

An Israeli court has postponed a hearing in the case of two Palestinian families evicted from their homes in the Batn al-Hawa area of ​​the occupied Silwan district of east Jerusalem.

The Ghaith and Abu Nab families were joined by a group of supporters who gathered in front of the Israeli Central Court on Thursday to demonstrate against the evictions.
Israeli forces attacked the protesters and arrested three Palestinians identified as Basel al-Dweik, Adel al-Silwadi and Nitham Abu Ramooz.

The trial was postponed to August 7th.

The Ghaith and Abu Nab families are two of hundreds at risk of forcible evictions from their homes in the Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods, where Israeli settler organizations are trying to replace Palestinians with Israelis.
Last month, an Israeli court postponed its ruling on an appeal against seven other Palestinian families in Silwan who had been evicted from their homes.
Earlier this week, the Jerusalem community issued a series of demolition orders to residents of the al-Bustan area in Silwan. The affected families, consisting of around 1,500 people, had 21 days to evacuate and demolish their houses. Otherwise the community would demolish the houses and the families would have to pay the demolition costs.

Since 2005, the residents of al-Bustan have been warned to demolish around 90 houses under the pretext of building them without a permit, in favor of a settler organization who are converting the land into a national park and with the archaeological “Ciudad from Parque de David.

According to Grassroots Jerusalem, a Palestinian NGO, both house demolition and court-ordered forced relocation are tactics used to evict Palestinian residents. Population, but “Israeli zoning laws have allocated 35 percent of the land for the construction of illegal settlements by Israeli settlers.”

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