Jerusalem24 – The Israeli supreme court is to issue a decision on the Rajabi family home in the Ain Al-Lawza neighborhood in the town of Silwan, South of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The family, who have been trying to apply for a building permit for the past 18 years are living in fear of being displaced from their home. Living without shelter.
The Israeli police raided the residential building about two weeks ago. “They demanded that the health center on the ground floor be evacuated saying there is a demolition order for it,” said Fares Al-Rajabi.
Refusing the demolition order, Al-Rajabi took this fight to the Israeli Supreme Court and awaits a decision regarding his home until today. He added that they have built the building in 2002, and tried applying for permits before construction began. However, the municipality had refused; imposing impossible conditions on them.
So far, they have been able to postpone the demolition several times. The family has been fined for almost 300 thousand shekels (over 94,000 USD). According to Al-Rajabi, the demolition threatens 30 people; most of whom are children.
On the other hand, the clinic on the ground floor provides medical service to more than 7000 Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Over the past several years, the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem has delivered over 6,800 judicial and administrative demolition orders to Palestinian homes in the neighborhoods of Silwan. They also delivered over 50 eviction notices in the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood, replacing Palestinians with Israeli settlers.
The town of Silwan covers an area of around 5640 Dunums (Over 1300 Acres), and is made up of 12 neighborhoods inhabited by around 58 thousand Palestinians. There are 78 outposts in the town, h
It is noteworthy that the area of Silwan town’s land is 5640 dunums, and it includes 12 neighborhoods, inhabited by about 58,500 Jerusalemites. There are 78 outposts in which 2,800 settlers reside in.