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Today: Aug 20, 2017

Palestinian families fear deportation from Sheikh Jarrah (Kubaniyet Um Haroun)

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Fatmeh Ziad Salem Abdel Karim, 58

"I was born in this house in which my father used to live since 1948. Originally, we are refugees from Haifa. I have six sisters and two brothers who used to live in the house. "

"When my father died, he left three daughters including me. I live in the house with my husband and sons. I have a family of nine persons. Also my daughter Sahar and her three children live with me. Her husband is a holder of West Bank Id and does not live in Jerusalem because he failed to obtain an entry permit to Jerusalem."

"My house comprises of two floors. There is one room, kitchen and a restroom in each floor. My husband Ziad Abu Salem, 64, suffers of diabetes and always needs oxygen container to help his respiration.

Three years ago, Israel's Jerusalem Municipality demolished one kitchen and a room locating on the 3rd floor on allegation of lacking for construction permit."

"Before 1967, we used to pay the rent to Custodian of Enemy Properties, however after 1967 we began to pay an amount of JD 9, or their equivalent in Israeli shekel) to Custodian of Absentee Properties. After six years of the Israeli occupation, a Jewish man of Iraqi origin informed us that he owns the house. He also told us that he had succeeded in obtaining a court order obliging us to pay him the rent. Consequently, we began to pay him the rent."

"When my father and mother died respectively in 1984, 85, the Jewish man approached us as usual to collect the rent, however, when he realized the death of my father, he said that time was not appropriate to get the rent. After two months, we received a note informing us about raising the rent to $300 per month, and that he obtained a court order in that regard. As a result, I began to pay the new amount of rent. However, after four months we received another note informing us about a new increase in rent to $600, but I refused to abide and I stopped paying."

"Now, after the case reached the Supreme Court, I am not quite sure of where to go and I really fear that they might evacuate us."

In'am Abdel Salam Nasser Hashem Qneibi

"I am a widow living in Kubaniyet Um Haroun since 26 years. I rented the house from Custodian of Absentee Properties following the death of the previous tenant. I used to pay NIS 60, however, since 7 years I stopped paying the rent following the advice of my lawyer who justified that as long there was a legal conflict over the property of the area between the Islamic Waqf and the Jews, it was not logical to pay the rent to Custodian of Absentee Properties."

"The house consists of one room, kitchen and a rest room, and it provides shelter to 7 persons including 4 children. My son Rateb who suffers of paralysis since childhood, cannot walk without crutches. My 11-year-old grandson suffers of problems in his legs and kidneys."

"On May 26, we received a note to evacuate the house within 45 days, issued by Custodian of Absentee Properties. We were also ordered to pay NIS 1200 for every year we did not pay its rent. Moreover, in case of failing to pay, a fine of NIS 350 would be imposed for every day we stay in the house after receiving the evacuation order."

Nazeerah Orabi Bader Qneibi, 68

"My husband died in 1973 and I live in the house since the sixties after I rent it from Sabriyeh Jamil Taha. Two years ago, the amount of rent was raised to NIS 1900. However, my lawyer informed me that I am a protected tenant and that Custodian of Absentee Properties has no right to raise the rent. My son Karim, 37, together with his family that includes two children, including a six month old, live with me. On May 21, we received an evacuation order issued by Custodian of Absentee Properties. On September 20, a court session was convened but the court hearing was postponed until October 7, 2010."