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Today: Sep 19, 2017

JCSER Obtains Court Decisions to Postpone Demolition of Two Jerusalemite Houses in the Old City

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has recently obtained a decision from the Jerusalem Municipal Court in West Jerusalem, postponing the demolition order issued against Ashraf Al-Ja'bari, a Palestinian Jerusalemite resident of Ath-Thori neighborhood of Occupied East Jerusalem, until 01 April 2008, during which period he will proceed with the necessary legal procedures in order to obtain a building permit.

During a court session held on 19 March 2007, the West Jerusalem Municipality requested that the maximum penalty (immediate demolition order) be issued against the house, given that it was built in a designated public place according to the organization & building schemes. JCSER's lawyers requested the jury to give the client enough time to continue with the necessary legal procedures to obtain a building permit, and to refrain from issuing an immediate demolition order against the house. They also requested that the amount of the fine would be reduced from 45,000 shekels to 40,000 shekels, payable in 80 equal monthly installments (an average of 500 shekels per payment).

In another development, the Center succeeded in obtaining a decision from the Jerusalem Municipal Court in favor of Mohammed Eid Ayyad, who is accused of illegal building, and of violating article (2) of the organization & building law. In compliance with JCSER's request, the court issued an order postponing the demolition of Mohammed Ayyad's house until 1 January 2008 and granting him a period to follow up the legal procedures to obtain a building permit.

The Municipal Court also decided to reduce the amount of the fine previously imposed on the client from 15,000 to 8,000 shekels, payable in 16 equal monthly installments (an average of 500 shekels per payment). A three-month imprisonment was also issued against the client if he violates the court order in the future.

On the other hand, the Israeli Conciliation Court dismissed the legal case lodged by the Jewish Neighborhood Development Company in the Old City of Jerusalem against Wisam Salaymeh, requesting the family's evacuation from the house located in Chain Street (No. 74) in the Old City, claiming that it owns the house after it was confiscated in 1968. The Company also claimed that the client opened a closed house and repaired it to expand his house in question.

JCSER's Legal Unit submitted an objection in the name of the client, stating its strong refusal of the Israeli Company's claims. It provided the court with documents proving that the family has been residing in the house since 1949. The documents proved that the client didn't break through the closed house and has been living in the 'closed house' for decades. It [legal unit] claimed that the family members are protected under the Tenant Protection Act (TPA), and that he pays annual rent to the house-owner (Al-Assali Waqf).

It should be noted the Legal Unit contacted the Israeli Company's lawyer, who was convinced with the validity of the Center's claims. After that, an agreement was reached between the Center and the lawyer, under which the legal case lodged against the client will be cancelled. The agreement was approved and the case was cancelled by the court.