A decision to evict a property for Odeh and Shweiki families in Silwan
February 5, 2020

The Israeli Magistrate Court issued on Wednesday, a decision to vacate a building in Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan, in the interests of "Ateret Cohanim” settlement association, on the pretext that Jews owned the land on which the building is located.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center/ Silwan and Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood committee explained in a joint statement that the Magistrate Court issued a decision to vacate an apartment building belonging to the families of Odeh and Shweiki, after rejecting the objections submitted by the two families to the judicial notices that they had received from "Ateret Cohanim" association in 2018, and they tried to prove their right to land and property through the objections filed to court.

They explained that the court gave the two families until mid-August to implement the eviction decision. The property consists of a "warehouse" floor and two upper floors.

They added in the statement that "Ateret Cohanim" association began, since September 2015, to deliver judicial notices to the people of the neighborhood, demanding the land where their homes are built, after the association obtained in 2001 the right to manage the property of the Jewish Association, which claims ownership of the land.

They added that the targeted property lies within 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. The association claims that the Israeli Supreme Court approved the ownership of Jews from Yemen to the land of Batn Al-Hawa.

They pointed out that 84 families have received judicial notices over the past years requesting the land where their homes are built. They are all involved in a struggle in Israeli courts to prove their right to the land that they bought from their former owners on official documents.

The statement also added that the Magistrate court had issued 4 eviction orders to property in Silwan, all in favor of settlers. The property are owned by the families of Rajabi, Dweik, Shweiki and Odeh.