Al-Quds (Jerusalem), 4 Jumadil Akhir 1436/24 March 2016 (MINA) – Dozens of Palestinians and foreign supporters protested in East Jerusalem’s walled Old City on Sunday against the threatened eviction of a Palestinian family to make way for Jewish settlers.
“No to the eviction of the Sub Laban family,” read banners carried by demonstrators, referring to the eight occupants of the house near the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a site holy to both Muslims and Jews, Ma’an News Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Rafat Sub Laban, who lives there with his parents, his sister and his brother’s wife and children, said the family have rented their home since 1953 when the Old City was ruled by Jordan.
Israeli authorities issued an eviction order in September which is currently under appeal, but settlers backed by police tried to gain possession last week, he said.
“Twenty police officers with settlers wanted to evict us,” he said in a statement.
Israel seized East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.
It claims both halves of the city as its “united, undivided capital”, while the eastern sector is considered occupied Palestinian territory under international law.
Israeli moves to expand settlement activity in East Jerusalem, both through new construction and by acquisition of existing Palestinian homes, have stirred widespread international condemnation.
Jewish groups have bought property there through shadowy front-men and straw companies. (T/P008/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)