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My translation of Nir Hasson.

The story of the Salahia family in Sheikh Jarrah is not as simple as the customary evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah.

These are generally about the evictions of refugee on properties owned by Jews prior to 1948, and in favor of settlers. That's not the story here. I will try to explain.

The family home is located in area known as the "Mufti's Vineyard" which in the past belonged to the Husseini family.

Before 1967, the land was purchased by the Western Hotel Company, a Palestinian company that runs the nearby Ambassador Hotel.

As early as the 1990s, the company was the first to attempt to evict the Salahia family be evicted from their home and the adjacent lands, claiming that they were squatters.

The family lost in all in all of the legal cases and was ordered to property in favor of the Palestinian company.

In any event the property was not evacuated.

On the other hand, the State also refused to complete the registration of the rights to the land in the name of Palestinian company, claiming that the original sale by the Husseini family had never been completed, and consequently this is it was absentee property.

At this stage, according to several sources on both sides, at this stage it was the settlers who prevented the eviction, believing that they would be able to take over the land more easily if it was owned by Salahia and not by the Palestinian Company.


In the meantime, the Municipality has begun promoting a plan to expropriate and take over the property in order to establish school for children with special needs from East Jerusalem.

This is the background to today's evictions. Important Notes: 1. I do not remember a case where a family was evicted in order to build a school.

2. On the other side of Sheikh Jarrah is a large area designated for a public institution, but the Municipality allocated to the the Ohr Sameach Yeshiva, and to for a school for Palestinians.

3. In other cases where (Jewish) families were evicted without rights, such as in Lifta for the purposes of building Route No. 1, the State compensated the evacuees before the eviction. Not in this case.

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