Judicial notices to evict Maragha family from its building in Silwan
March 5, 2019


The Israeli occupation authorities issued judicial notices against Maragha family demanding the land on which they built their residential building, located in Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwan) said in a statement Tuesday that Ateret Cohnim settlement association handed Maragha family judicial notices naming nine family members: Hmeidan, Aziza, Salah, Fadwa, Munira, Na'im, Rabee’a, In’am, and Itaf Maragha) demanding the ownership of the land on which they built their residential building consisting of 5 apartments and a parking lot; 15 individuals live in the building.

Maragha family explained that they have been living in the building for more than 100 years, and they have all the supporting documents proving their ownership of land and real estate.

Batn Al-Hawa / Silwan Committee explained that the building of Maragha family is part of the "Ateret Cohnim" plan to control 5200 square meters of the Central Neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa area, under the pretext of its ownership of Jews from Yemen since 1881. Ateret Cohanim association is claiming that the Israeli Supreme Court approved the ownership of the settlers from Yemen to the land of Batn Al-Hawa.

The committee added that the entire land threatened by "Ateret Cohnim" association has 30-35 residential buildings, where about 80 families of about 436 people live, and the whole population has lived in the neighborhood for decades, after buying land and property from their former owners with official papers and documents. Dozens of families received similar judicial notices and submitted their objections and their cases are still in court.

The Committee confirmed that it would respond and object to the judicial notices aimed at evicting Maragha family from its building.