Postponing the decision in regards to the evacuation decisions of the families of Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan
May 28, 2021

The District Court postponed, on Friday,evening, issuing decisions regarding the evacuation of families in the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in the town of Silwan, to the beginning of next December.

The District Court froze the decisions to evict families in the neighborhood until the legal advisor makes a decision in regards to the case.

Last Wednesday, a session was held in the District Court to hear the appeal submitted by the families of the sons of "Abd Jaber Al-Rajabi and Awad Jaber Al-Rajabi," and consideration of the submitted appeal was postponed. During that, a demonstration was organized in front of the court and the forces suppressed the demonstrators and arrested a boy and a young man.

Fakhri Abu Diab, a spokesman for the Silwan Defense Committees, said that the decision of the District Court in Jerusalem - to postpone the decision on the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood housing case - is insufficient, and what is required is pressure on the occupation to permanently cancel the decisions to evict residents of the neighborhood in favor of settlement associations.

Abu Diab said in a statement, that the decision to postpone the issues of evacuating residents in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah would not have happened had it not been for the widespread public pressure and effective field work, calling on citizens not to be assured of the decisions of the occupation authorities.

Abu Diab pointed out that the occupation authorities usually bypass decisions if the citizens' enthusiasm weakens.

Abu Diab said in his statement: “The cases of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the neighborhoods of Silwan that are threatened with confiscation and the expulsion of their inhabitants have not ended. Therefore, the pressing field work must continue, until the abolition of these decisions, which will affect approximately 7,500 Jerusalemites in the first phase, which are inhumane and illegal decisions.”

Abu Diab continued: "The success that the Jerusalemites achieved in the uprising of Lions Gate, Bab Al-Rahma Gate, Damascus Gate, and others was the fruit of the Jerusalemites’ awareness and unity in defending their lands, neighborhoods, homes and holy sites.”