Jerusalem: Sionist police arrested at least 18 people yesterday for destroying a Palestinian family home and executing a controversial eviction order for peasants in the sensitive East Jerusalem district of Sheikh Jara. The looming expulsion of other families from Sheikhjara last May partially fueled an 11-day war between Zionist organizations and the armed Palestinian faction in Gaza.
Before dawn, Zionist officers went to the Salhiya family’s house, which was first notified of the eviction of peasants in 2017, after a court ruled that the house was illegally built. Jerusalem officials say the land will be used to build schools for children with special needs, but its eviction has become a symbol of Palestinian opposition to the Zionist occupation. May increase tensions in the neighborhood.
Zionist police said, “We have completed the execution of the eviction order for illegal buildings built on the site designated as a special needs school.” “Families living in illegal buildings have been given countless opportunities to transfer their land with their consent,” a police statement said.
A few hours after the house was destroyed, a bulldozer scraped the rubble. A police spokesman said AFP 18’s family and supporters were arrested for “violating court orders, violent strengthening and violating public order and morals,” but no clashes occurred during the eviction of peasants.
When police arrived to carry out the order on Monday, Salhiya’s family went up to the roof of the building with a gas cylinder and threatened to drop the contents and themselves if they were expelled from the house. Police eventually retreated, but returned early yesterday in the heavy rains of Jerusalem.
Salhiya’s family lawyer, Walid Abu-Tayeh, told AFP that police had “illegally” arrested 20 people during surgery, six of whom were Zionist citizens and the latter were released. Authorities “want to liquidate the (Palestinian) population” in Jerusalem, he said.
Abu-Tayeh also confirmed reports that Palestinian father Mahmud Salhiya was married to a Jew named Meital. In an audio recording delivered to local Arabic media, Arabic-speaking Meital said the family woke up early yesterday with a loud boom and police turned off the lights. “They took me out of the house with my crying daughter and children and arrested my husband and all the young men,” she said.
Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, has blown up the demolition as a Zionist “aggression” act. The Palestinian Autonomous Government, based on the west bank of the occupied Jordan River, called it a “crime” as part of a Zionist organization’s move to “Israeliize” Jerusalem.
Human Rights Watch (a Zionist organization) and Palestinian director Omar Shakir have dubbed “the expulsion of the Salhier family” as a “war crime.” He said the family had previously been evacuated from their home in West Jerusalem during the creation of the Zionist organization in 1948, and yesterday’s peasants made them “twice refugees.”
Hundreds of Palestinians face evictions from homes in Sheikhjara and other East Jerusalem districts. The circumstances surrounding the eviction threat vary. In some cases, Jewish Zionists filed legal claims against plans they said were illegally taken during the war that accompanied the creation of the Zionist organization in 1948.
Zionist law allows Jewish Zionists to submit such claims, but there is no equivalent law for Palestinians who lost their land during the conflict. Palestinians facing evictions say their homes were legally purchased by Jordanian authorities who ruled East Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967.
The Zionist entity occupied East Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967 and then annexed it in a movement not recognized by the international community. Since then, more than 200,000 Jewish settlers have migrated to the eastern part of the city, fueling tensions with Palestinians who claim that they are the future capital. – AFP
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