Jewish Groups, Israeli Police Evict Two Jerusalemite Families in Silwan

JERUSALEM, October 19, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli police and security forces Monday ordered members of the Abu-Nab family to evict their two homes, located in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, prior to their takeover by Jewish groups, according to local sources.

Prior to this, Israeli police cordoned off the area in the morning and denied access of journalists and civilians to the site of the two homes, amid growing tensions.

After the two homes were evicted, WAFA correspondent said, Israeli police personnel raided them and destroyed the furniture inside.

Police also assaulted press crews which were covering events in the area, including those of Palestine state TV and WAFA News Agency.

Abdullah Abu-Nab, owner of one of the two homes, said settlers accompanied by an Israeli police force broke into the site in the morning, and asked them to leave the homes without taking any of their furniture or content.

The two homes are shelter to 13 Palestinians from Abu-Nab family.

The Israeli authorities claimed the forced eviction of the Abu-Nab family homes came after they had won a Supreme Court’s ruling that grants them ownership of the homes, claiming the homes belong to Jews who lived there prior to 1948.

For years, Israel instituted a series of mandatory laws, regulations and policies to legalize the confiscation of Palestinians’ lands and property and prevent them from returning to their homes.

Palestinians’ land was deemed “absentee property” based on the 1950 Absentee Property Law and the control of the land was transferred to the government and semi-governmental agencies, such as the Jewish National Fund and Israel’s Land Administration for the benefit of Jewish Israelis.

Under this law, Palestinian refugees and the internally displaced are regarded as “present absentees”, designations that authorized the confiscation of their land. The implication of this was that the majority of the Palestinian land was lost.

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign says that, “By classifying every citizen or persons present in an “enemy” territory or country as an “absentee” vis-à-vis property in Israel, the law has served to confiscate the land and real estate left behind by the Palestinians who were forcibly displaced 1948,”

In 1967, most Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) de facto became “absentees” with regard to their property in East Jerusalem, which was unilaterally and illegally annexed by Israel.

Israel’s annexation and extension of the Absentees’ Property Law to occupied East Jerusalem is in violation of international law and has been strongly condemned by the United Nations.