Settlers turn to Israeli courts to control a property in Silwan
Al-Rweidi family was surprised when settlers appealed the District court’s decision which confirms their ownership of a residential building in Al-Ein area in the village of Silwan. Samir Rweidi told Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the District court issued a decision two years ago that refuted the settlers’ claims that the building belongs to the Custodian of Absentee Property, and confirmed that the Rweidi family owns the property after presenting the necessary supporting documents. Rweidi pointed out that they have been fighting this case in the Israeli courts since the nineties when he filed a case against the settlers to take back his family’s land and was surprised two years later when the settlers’ filed a case against him and his family claiming that the building they live in belongs to the Custodian of Absentee Property. In 2006, the land was confiscated through falsification of papers and files and is now being used as a tourist path for settlers, but the Rweidi family was able to prove their ownership of the property and the decision was made two years ago, but the settlers appealed it again. He said that the settlers substituted his grandfather’s name “Salem” with “Salim” who passed away in Jordan and the Custodian of Absentee Property tried to seize the property, pointing out that the property has been established for 250 years now on the family’s land and consists of three floors (5 residential apartments) where 30 people reside and is registered under the name of “Jom’a Mohammad Salem Darwish Rweidi.” Rweidi added: “I was surprised to see representatives during the court sessions from “Elad Association”, the Nature and Parks Authority, the Antiquities Authority and the “Keren Kayemet (JNF)”.