Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Dozens of Palestinians and members of international NGOs protested yesterday in the old city of Jerusalem against threats to seize the house of a Palestinian family to make way for Israeli settlers.
inhabited by eight members of the Sub Laban family, is just a few steps from
the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Rafat Sub Laban who lives in that house with her parents, his sister, his brother and children said that he has rented the house since 1953, when the old town was ruled by Jordan.
authorities ordered Rafat's eviction last September, but Rafat appealed the
last week, a group of police and Israeli settlers tried to take possession of
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967 and annexed it against the will of the international community. While the Palestinians dream of making east Jerusalem the capital of a future state of Palestine, several Israeli authorities, and the premier Benjamin Netanyahu, proclaim Jerusalem the "united, undivided eternal capital" of Israel.
In its effort to
take possession of the territory, Israel is expanding settler activities, placing
harsh conditions on Arab residents, buying land, or expropriating it. The
international community has often condemned this policy, but seems helpless to
Some days ago the Israeli Supreme Court rejected Jerusalem city council's attempt to confiscate Palestinian property in Wadi Qaddum, in the area of Silwan, south of the old city.
The area of Silwan has often been targeted by Israeli settlers. In an effort to expel the Palestinians, they invade buildings or forcibly occupy them, driving out inhabitants. At present, there are at least 300 thousand Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem.