The Israeli Magistrate Court in Jerusalem ordered, on Wednesday, the eviction of two Palestinian families from their homes in Batn al-Hawa area of Silwan, a neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, for the benefit of illegal Israeli settlers, according to Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

The court gave the families until mid-August to vacate the building, which consists of a ground floor and two upper floors, under the pretext the house was bought by the Ateret Cohanim settler group.

The Magistrate Court issued the eviction decision after rejecting a petition submitted by the Showaiki and ‘Odeh families to refute claims by the Ateret Cohanim settler group of ownership of the property and to prove their ownership of the house and land.

It is important to note that Israel has been pushing ahead with its colonial plans to forcibly transfer the indigenous Palestinian population, to allow for further expansion of illegal settlements.