A decision to vacate a house and a piece of land in the village of Silwan in favor of Elad Settlement Association
December 5, 2018

The Magistrate Court issued a decision to evacuate the heirs of the late Mariam Abu Zweir, from their property located in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center/ Silwan explained that the court gave the family until the beginning of March 2019 to implement the decision to evacuate the property which consists of a house where Ms. Ilham Siam and four of her children live in addition to the land area of ​​about 500 square meters.

The center added that the Magistrate Court issued the eviction decision, preceded by a session appointed by the Supreme Court to consider the "ownership of the land." The documents were submitted to court stating that the land on which the house is built belongs to the late Jamil Siam and not to the late Abu Zweir; the court session is on the 8th of next month.

Abu Zweir's heirs explained that they had been engaged in a conflict in the Israeli courts for 22 years to protect the property and to prove ownership, and to refute the claims of Elad Settlement Association, and they would continue to object against the court’s decision to evacuate.

Nihad Siam, one of the heirs, explained that over the past years, Elad settlement association has worked hard to seize the property in a number of ways. The first is through the collusion between brokers and clients to have the fingerprints of the late Abu Zweir on a document in which she gives up her property to three of her sons. In 1999, the Israeli courts rejected Elad’s claims, and confirmed that the property belonged to her eight children.

He added that Elad Association has made a new attempt to control the property by filing another case that claimed its right to the property claiming that the association purchased three shares in the property (the brothers currently living in the United States headed by Mahmoud Daoud Khalil), and called for other shares to be classified as “absentee property” in 2001.

Nihad Siam said after several hearings in the courts that Elad had already bought 4 shares from the heirs in addition to two shares under "Absentee Property”, leaving only two shares for the late Munira and her sister Fatima. Today, a decision to evacuate in favor of the settlers was issued.

Siam added that his late mother, Munira Siam, and his brothers and himself faced the Israeli courts and the bias of the settlers and settlement associations and the prosecutions and fines imposed on them, and preventing them from any internal restoration in the house and land in order to protect the property overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque from the south.

He pointed out that the family is going to the Central Court, as the Magistrate Court gave them 45 days to object to the decision to evacuate.