Freezing the eviction of Abu Sneineh family from their home in Silwan
June 21, 2018

The Israeli Action Department froze the eviction of the family of Jawad Abu Sneineh from their home in Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, pending a final decision on the issue of the real estate that was leaked to the settlers in 2015.

Zuheir Rajabi, head of Batn Al-Hawa Committee, explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the Israeli court of appeals held a hearing on the eviction of Abu Sneineh family from their home in favor of Ateret Cohnim settlement association. He also paid NIS 19,000 in rent fees for the house for three years. After hearing the claims of the lawyer and Jawad’s wife, the court froze the eviction order, and demanded the family to deposit NIS 30,000 in the court's treasury pending a decision on the real estate issue.

Rajabi added that the allegations of the lawyer of Abu Sneineh family were based on the lawsuit filed by Sarhan family against Jamal Sarhan who leaked the property in an attempt to recover it. The ownership belongs to Jamal Sarhan's father, so the latter has no right to sell and buy. The case is still pending in court and the matter remains the same, that is, the building is for the settlers except for the apartment inhabited by Abu Sneineh family, but the family was surprised earlier this month by storming their house and handing over the eviction notice.

The information center explained that the house of Abu Sneineh is located inside a five-story residential building leaked to Ateret Cohnim settlement association by Jamal Sarhan in August 2015. The property was completely taken over except for the residential apartment of Abu Sneineh family as Jawad refused to leave. He had renewed the lease for a year before the building was seized.

Zuheir Rajabi added that the family of Jawad Abu Sneineh, which includes 11 individuals, lives in the house except for Jawad who was recently arrested on the pretext of "illegal presence in Jerusalem." He was sentenced to three months in prison and denied entry to Jerusalem for a year and a half; he has been living in Hebron since.