In this April 17, 2019 file photo, Palestinians watch a family house destroyed by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem. (AP Photo)
The Jerusalem District court this week ordered the eviction of Nasser Rajabi and his family from their home in the Batan Al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, according to the Middle East Monitor.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, which monitors Israeli human rights violations in Jerusalem, said in a statement that the Al-Rajabi family’s property is a residential building consisting of three apartments housing 30 family members.
According to the statement, the family has been locked in a legal battle over the ownership of its property since 2016.
The court gave the Al-Rajabi family until 1 April next year to leave the property.
In January, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ordered the family to leave their property following a lawsuit filed by the Ateret Cohanim settler association in the name of a Jewish trust from the late 19th century.
Ateret Cohanim has filed dozens of lawsuits against some 100 Palestinian families living in Batan Al-Hawa, putting 700 people at risk of eviction under the pretext that in the late 19th century the land was allocated by its Jewish owners to a Jewish trust for the benefit of poor Yemenite Jews of Jerusalem.
However, Palestinians have land ownership documents which show their claim to the areas in question.