Palestinian family facing eviction in Beit Hanina

Sunday, 6 March, 2011 | 19:16

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — The Israeli Magistrates Court issued a decision two weeks ago to evict two Palestinian houses in Beit Hanina, asserting that the land in fact belongs to a Jewish citizen of Israel.

The ownership of the two homes in question, inhabited by the Natsheh family, was found by the court to be in the hands of Izri Meir, former Israeli Ambassador to Iran. Meir claimed that the land belonged to a Jew prior to 1948, whom he purchased it from in 1980. The land in question was under the legal control of Jordan until 1967, the irony being that should Jews be able to reclaim ownership of lands rendered unto them prior to 1948, millions of Palestinians living in the West Bank or the diaspora with properties inside the Green Line should be granted identical rights to, under the right of return.

Such cases highlight Israel’s combined use of Turkish, British, Jordanian and Israeli law to seize Palestinian territory and prevent Palestinians from invoking the right of return. It is this very right, consecrated in Israeli law exclusively for Jews, that is employed by settlers and settlement organisations to annex Palestinian land, such as in Sheikh Jarrah and other Palestinian areas of Jerusalem.

Palestinian family facing eviction in Beit Hanina « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem.

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