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Today: Aug 22, 2017

JCSER Calls on Palestinian Jerusalemites to Deal Carefully with Israeli Judicial System Concerning Palestinian Properties

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JCSER called on Palestinian Jerusalemites to deal carefully with the Israeli judicial system concerning issues related to Palestinian properties and confiscation of land for the purpose of settlement and construction of the 'Apartheid Wall'.

JCSER's legal unit noted that prior experience with the judicial system clearly indicates in many cases the partiality of the Israeli judicial system in favor of the official institution through legalizing some of its decisions or issuing rulings in favor of the settlement societies and parties that lead the campaign of taking over citizens' properties and lands in the Old City or in Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood adjacent to the Old City.

In a special report prepared by the media & research unit, JCSER urged Palestinian institutions concerned with supporting Palestinians' steadfastness to look for other alternatives that preserve their properties and lands, provide legal engineering assistance, and mobilize local mass media in raising citizens' awareness.

The report noted that the new campaign of taking over citizens' properties in Silwan represents the beginning of a new stage of controlling more properties, especially in 'Wadi Hilwa', attempting to change the demographic reality in the 'Holy' - adjacent to the Old City and includes in addition to Silwan Athori and Ras Al-Amud neighborhoods, and finally expanding the settlement presence to include Jabal Al-Mukabber, Mt. of Olive, Sawanneh, and Sheikh Jarrah.

In this context, the report referred to the Israeli authorities' commencement of the construction of 60 settlement units in 'Ma'ale Adumim' in Ras Al-Amud, the infrastructure in a new settlement known as 'Nof Zion', on the outskirts of Jabal Al-Mukabber, south of the Old City, and the infrastructure in a new settlement, known as 'Kidmat Zion' to the west of Abu Dis overlooking Silwan.

The plan to expand the area of the Jewish demographic presence around the Old City was proposed a few years ago by Former Israeli Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Beni Ayalon. He proposed the construction of [seventeen] 17 nucleus settlements around the Old City, spreading from Sheikh Jarrah and 'Bet Orot' on Mt. of Olives, reaching up to Ras Al-Amud. These areas were transformed into attraction sites for the settlement societies, which are funded by the Jewish American millionaire, Erving Moscovich.

According to JCSER's data, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Jewish settlers in the Old City and Silwan during 2007. Additional properties have been confiscated in these two areas.

Around 3,000 Jewish settlers currently live in the Old City of Jerusalem, distributed in the Jewish Quarter. Some [seventy] 70 properties have been confiscated over the past years.

Around 4,000 Jewish settlers currently live in Silwan. Over 40 properties have been taken over. Some 110 families currently live in the settlement of 'Ma'ale Adumim' in Ras Al-Amud and ten families in Sheikh Jarrah. Around 200 students live in 'Bet Orot' on Mt. of Olives.

The report revealed a new method being implemented by settlement societies in the neighborhoods adjacent to the Old City. Local persons are assigned the duty of adding multiple storey buildings on existing buildings. Once completed, these buildings are given to these societies, as happened last year in Silwan and Ras Al-Amud.