A decision to evict the building of Rajabi family in Silwan in favor of settlers
January 19, 2020

On Sunday, the Magistrate Court issued a decision to evict the building of Naser Rajabi family in Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, in favor of "Ateret Cohanim”settlement association, on the pretext that Jews owned the land on which the building was built in 1948.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center / Silwan and Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood committee explained in a joint statement that the judge of the Israeli Magistrate Court rejected the objection of Rajabi family to the judicial reports that it had received from “Ateret Cohanim” Association in 2016, and since then it has started a struggle in the court to prove its ownership to the land and building.

The center and the committee added that the apartment building consists of 3 floors (3 apartments), housing 16 individuals, including children, the elderly, and those with special needs.

They explained that the last court session was last September, and today the judge issued a decision in favor of "Ateret Cohanim" association.

They added that "Ateret Cohanim" Association obtained in 2001 the right to administer the property of the Jewish Society that claims ownership of the land, and began since September 2015 the delivery of judicial notices to the residents of the neighborhood, demanding the land on which their homes are located; 84 families from the neighborhood received notices and eviction orders.

They explained that the targeted building of Rajabi family ispart of the plan of "Ateret Cohanim" to control 5200 square meters of the Central Neighborhood, "Batn Al-Hawa" area, claiming that the Jews from Yemen owned the land since 1881, knowing that they are divided into 6 plots of land and their numbers (73-75-88-95-96-97), and the association claims that the Israeli Supreme Court approved the ownership of Jews from Yemen to the land of Batn Al-Hawa.

The center pointed out that the land has about 35 residential buildings, and all of its residents have lived in the neighborhood for decades, after purchasing lands and property from their previous owners with official documents.