The Supreme Court demands clarifications on how the ownership of the land of Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan was transferred to the settlers
The Israeli Supreme Court has demanded the Public Prosecutor's Office to provide detailed explanations to the Court regarding the petition filed by the residents of Batn Al-Hawa / Middle Neighborhood in Silwan against their deportation from their homes in favor of Ateret Cohanim settlement association.
Zuheir Rajabi, head of Batn Al-Hawa Committee,explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the Supreme Court asked the Public Prosecution to provide detailed explanations on how the Custodian of Absentee Property transferred the ownership of a piece of land in the village of Silwan with an area of 5200 square meters to Ateret Cohanim settlement association, especially since the threatened lands are considered "miri” i.e., they are governmental since the Ottoman era and cannot be considered as a “waqf” according to the Ottoman law. It also demanded clarifying the details of the procedures that took place before the decision to transfer the ownership of the land to the association.
Rajabi added that the court also demanded clarification as to whether the residents of Batn Al-Hawa were informed of the transfer of ownership of the land on where their homes are located.
Rajabi pointed out that the court gave the prosecution 30 days to respond to the questions and provide written explanations.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center / Silwan reported that on May 10, the Supreme Court held a hearing on the petition filed by 84 families from the neighborhood who received eviction notices from their homes in favor of the Ateret Cohnim Settlement Association claiming that the land is owned by the Jews from Yemen since 1881. Since the beginning of September 2015, the residents have been receiving eviction notices.