At least 75 Palestinian families live under threat of eviction in the East Jerusalem neighborhood.
Jerusalem municipal authorities delivered an eviction notice to Inâam Kneibi in the Um Haroun area of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, Israeli settlement watch group Peace NowÂ reports.
The eviction notice states that Israeli forces may evict 77-year-old Kneibi and her family anytime between May 13 and May 27, 2018. The pretext for Kneibiâs eviction is a suit filed by six Israelis who claim their families owned the home before 1948.
Israeli forces expelled over 750,000 Palestinians during the creation of the Israeli state in 1948, a time known to Palestinians as the Nakba, meaning âcatastrophe.â
The 1970 Legal and Administrative Matters Law empowers Jews to reclaim property in East Jerusalem lost before 1948, even if they have already been compensated by the Israeli government for that loss. The Absentee Property Law of 1950 bars Palestinians from filing similar claims.
According to Peace Now, approximately 75 Palestinian families live under threat of eviction by the Jerusalem municipality â evictions carried out for the explicit purpose of opening the home to Israeli settlers. The municipality suspended evictions from Sheikh Jarrah for eight years, until the displacement ofÂ the Shamasneh familyÂ in 2017 and now the impending displacement of Kneibi.
Israeli authorities call the Palestinian neighborhoods that hug Jerusalemâs Old City â Sheikh Jarrah, a-Tur, Silwan, Mount Zion, and the Kidron Valley â the Holy Basin of Jerusalem. This area is crucial to Israeli settlement plans, which aim to form four linking concentric circles of settlements, starting with the Old City, followed by the âHoly Basin,â Jerusalemâs annexation border, and finally the West Bank.
The timing of the Kneibi familyâs eviction overlaps with the commemoration of the Nakba on May 15, which Israelis will celebrate as their stateâs 70th anniversary. The US governmentÂ plansÂ to inaugurate a US Embassy in Jerusalem as a gesture of shared celebration with the Israeli state.
Amalya Dubrovsky is the editor of aicnews.org.