Silwan- Settlers attempt to seize a land owned by Basboos family
July 10, 2017

Settlers attempted on Monday morning to seize a land owned by Basboos family in the neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan under the pretext of being owned by three Jews from Yemen who used to live and own the land before 1948.

Ra’fat Basboos explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the family was surprised this morning when a group of settlers along with workers raided their land which is adjacent to their house and started placing wires around it claiming that the Israeli Court recently ruled their ownership of the land; the residents confronted the settlers and prevented them from continuing their actions.

Afterwards, the occupation forces raided the land and assaulted the residents with pepper gas which led to the suffocation of 6 young men.

Ra’fat Basboos added that the police officer informed the family and the locals of Batn Al-Hawa that they are not allowed to enter or use the land while settlers are allowed to enter land without doing any work.

A plan to seize 5200 square meters of land in Batn Al-Hawa, Silwan

Wadi Hilweh Information center explained that the houses of Basboos family fall within the plan of “Ateerat Cohanim” to seize 5200 square meters from the Middle Neighborhood in Batn Al-Hawa.; the plan was revealed by the center last May. They claim that Jews from Yemen owned the land since 1981 and are divided into six lands (numbers: 73, 75, 88, 95, 96 and 97). Ateerat Cohanim claims that the Israeli Supreme Court recognized the settlers’ ownership of the land in Batn Al-Hawa.

The center pointed out that nearly 30-35 residential buildings are established on the lands with more than 80 families living the neighborhood since many years after they had bought the lands from the previous owners with official documents.

Wadi Hilweh Center said the settlers’ attempts to seize lands and property in Batn Al-Hawa started nearly 8 years ago used various methods. Many family families received eviction notices and the majority were able to maintain their property until this day.