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European Union condemns Israeli court expulsion of 700 Palestinian Jerusalemites


By Anna Donati - November 23, 2018
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Tags: [Settlers] [Eviction] [European Union]

The Supreme Court of Israel on Wednesday authorized the expropriation of some 700 Palestinians in the Silwan district of East Jerusalem after rejecting a Palestinian petition in June and approving the settlement of Israeli settlers in their place.

 
The Court stated in particular that the Palestinian houses concerned had been built on land that had belonged to Yemeni Jews before the Israel's creation in 1948.
 
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the verdict was based on "false and contradictory pretexts," and criticized the court for adopting "legally problematic" documents.
 
The Israeli court's ruling proves once again that Palestinians are constantly being subjected to evictions and demolitions, the ministry said, while condemning "the silence of decision makers around the world.”
 
The Ateret Cohanim group, a right-wing organization that represents the interests of Jewish settlers, asked the Supreme Court in 2001 to expel Palestinian families and seize the entire area, stating these lands had belonged to Jews more than 120 years ago.
 
Silwan as a whole have long been a target for Ateret Cohanim, which pushes Palestinians out of their homes by offering large sums of money in exchange for land and carrying out long and costly legal battles against residents who refuse the redemption.
 
These Palestinian families have been there since the 1950s and have papers to prove it, including contracts.
 
However, Silwan's proximity to the Old City and its importance to Israeli settler groups trying to consolidate Jewish control over surrounding Palestinian neighborhoods make these families a target of ethnic cleansing, according to Middle East Eye.
 
The following day the European Union strongly condemned the actions of the Israeli government in a statement.
 
It reaffirms its "total opposition to the Israeli colonization policy, illegal under international law, and to actions in this context, such as forced transfers, evictions and demolitions".
 
Maja Kocijanicic,Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, pointed out that last week the Israeli authorities had already destroyed nearly 20 Palestinian stores in Shuafat camp in East Jerusalem after the adoption of a plan to build 800 new homes in the Israeli settlements in Shlomo and Ramot.
 
Kocijanicic, added; “The settlement construction policy and its expansion in East Jerusalem continue to undermine the viable possibility of a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the future capital of both countries, the only realistic way to achieve a just peace .”
 
"The European Union expects the Israeli authorities to reconsider its decisions and backtrack."

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