Pictures- Leaking 3 buildings and a plot of land to settlers in Silwan
April 8, 2021

 

On Thursday early morning, three residential buildings and a plot of land were “leaked” to the "Ateret Cohanim” settlement organization in the Central Neighborhood in Silwan.

Wadi Hilweh-Jerusalem Information Center stated that more than 100 settlers, accompanied by policemen, guards and settlers’ workers, stormed the central Neighborhood in Silwan at 2 a.m., and entered a plot of land and 3 residential buildings in the area "whose owners were not present there and were uninhabited."

The center added in a statement that settlers placed two residential rooms inside the plot, in addition to a ready-made staircase, and installed surveillance cameras on residential buildings, and opened a new entrance to one of the buildings.

Regarding the ownership of the leaked real estate, the center explained that two buildings belong to the Awad family, and each building consists of 4 floors. The Awad family, "who lives in an adjacent building," says that about 4 months ago they sold them to Abdullah Al-Risheq and Mahmoud Shawamreh, without any knowledge of the intent to leak them to settlers. The Awad family said that one of the terms of the sale agreement is "to get back to the Awad family in any future sale and not to sell to the Jews," and the documents for that are available with the lawyer.

As for the third building, owned by Mustafa Abu Diab, it consists of 4 floors, in addition to a basement. No one from the Abu Diab family was present in the area.

As for the plot of land, which h covers an area of about half a dunum (500 square meters), it belongs to the Abu Sbeih family, and the family said that it sold it to Ghassan Sayed Ahmed.

The Information Center stated that the number of settlement outposts in Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan increased to 12 outposts and a plot of land, most of which are residential buildings that were leaked to settlers during the past years, where the years 2014 and 2015 witnessed the largest leakage operation in Silwan.