The Supreme Court- A decision to evict the Salah family from its house in Silwan in favor of Elad Settlement Association
September 15, 2020

On Monday, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a decision to evict the family of Izzat Salah from their home in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh neighborhood in Silwan, in favor of Elad Settlement Association.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center stated that the Supreme Court gave the Salah family until 5/11/2020 to implement the eviction decision, and the court decided to compensate the family "being a protected tenant in the property" with 361,000 shekels.

The center added that the case of the Salah family's house began in 2015, when the original owner of the property called “Aref Qaraeen” demanded the property which is a residential apartment, adjacent to a residential room and its utilities, a store and a yard. Qaraeen was able to take part of the property since the tenant was not considered as “protected” and was later sold to settlers in February 2017.

At the time, Elad Association was able to control most of the property with the exception of the Salah family apartment, as it is a "protected tenant" who has lived in it since 1968.

The family’s lawyer, Nael Al-Rashed, explained to the Information Center that the decision of all three court ) Magistrate, District and Supreme) came in favor of Elad Settlement Association which filed an eviction lawsuit against the Salah family to evict it from the apartment, even though it is a "protected tenant", based on laws that enable the owner of the property, and in this case the Elad Association, to evict the tenants if they need the property for their own need, and that they cannot use the property or benefit from it if the Salah family remained in it, since the entrance to the room and apartment is shared, and there are no utilities in the room - as the Elad Association claims.

Izzat Salah said: "We were subjected to financial temptations and harassment during the past years in an attempt to give up our house in which we lived. This house is close to the Old City of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque; we cannot leave it. We tried in every way to protect it from settlers, but the courts ruled in favor of the settlers. "These are false and unjust decisions, and we will remain steadfast in our home."