Occupied East Jerusalem – Israeli settlers of the Ilad Settler Group have occupied a Palestinian house in the Silwan neighborhood, south of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Nidal Farooq and his family lived in a second-floor apartment in the Wadi al-Rababa area of the occupied Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in occupied Jerusalem.
His brother Bilal, who owns the property, bought it from his father in 1989, Wadi Helvey Information Center, based in Silwan, told Al Jazeera.
Bilal Wadi told the Hellway Information Center that settlers with Israeli forces stormed Nidal’s apartment on Wednesday while he and his family were out. Family members were beaten and tear gas was fired, he said. He added that the settlers occupied the house on the pretext of depositing Nidal’s accumulation.
A video circulated on social media showed Israeli forces Attack Farooq family members.
Bilal was quoted as saying, “I own the property, and I will follow the file to get the settlers out of the property.”
What happened is still unclear, but the settlers’ entry appears to be illegal – at least Bilal Farooq should have been notified earlier, because Nidal – his brother – is not a tenant and owner, “Wawadi told Javad Siam Center, Al Jazeera, from the information source.
Silvan, home to at least 20,000,000 Palestinians, has long been targeted by Israeli settler groups, including Elad and Ateret Kohanim, who have forcibly displaced Palestinian families by occupying land previously held by Jewish people. Israel’s religious, archeological, and tourism infrastructure projects have displaced other Palestinian families, such as “City of David” and “King’s Garden.”
In some cases, Palestinian residents have been forced to share homes with settlers.
Under Israeli law, if Jews can prove that their families lived in East Jerusalem before Israel was founded in 1948, they can request a Palestinian family to “return” their property even if they have lived there for decades.
The law only applies to Israelis and does not have the same rights under the Palestinians.
Home demolition order
Separately on Wednesday, the municipality of Jerusalem Destroyed According to Siam, the law of Silwan has ordered the demolition of the remains of a Palestinian house in the Al-Lojeh area, and 11 other Palestinian houses.
The wrecked house belongs to Mohammad Matar, who had earlier demolished the property himself in August after receiving an order from the municipality.
“She is OK. He was surprised when the tractors came to carry out the demolition work, ”Siam told Al Jazeera.
Due to Israel’s ongoing park project, families were ordered 11 evictions in the Bustan area of Silvan, where residents are strictly prohibited from building and where most families are at risk of forcible displacement.
Siam told Al Jazeera, “There are orders for the demolition of virtually the entire neighborhood in the Al-Bustan area – there will be only a few houses left.”
The Israeli government has allocated only 1 percent of occupied East Jerusalem, most of which is already for built-up areas, Palestinian construction, while 5 percent is for illegal Israeli settlements and another 2 percent is for green areas such as national parks.
Al-Haq, a Palestinian-based rights group, said “Silvan serves as a moving example of the ongoing persecution of the Palestinian people and the confiscation of their property.”
“Apart from Israel’s discriminatory plans and zoning regime, which creates unbearable living conditions for Palestinians in Jerusalem, Silvan is the site of aggressive government-backed settlement activities conducted by private Israeli settlement agencies.
As a result, houses demolished and forcibly evicted by Israeli occupying forces in Silwan have become routine for Palestinians.