“Sheikh Jarrah” is a Jerusalemite neighborhood that is threatened with displacement and expropriation. The neighborhood is located to the North of the Old City of Jerusalem.
In 1948, Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood sheltered 28 families who had fled during the Nakba.
In 1956, the Jordanian government and The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reached an agreement to house the displaced families. Jordan donated the land, while UNRWA took responsibility of the construction costs, as the ownership of the land and houses would be passed to their owners (the 28 refuged families) after 3 years… But that never happened.
In 1967, Six-Day war prevented the completion of the ownership of real estate and land for families, and one house was taken by the Israeli occupation claiming that its owners were out of Jerusalem during the war.
In 1972, the settlement attack on the neighborhood began with efforts to take over its homes and expel its residents.
The settler associations registered the ownership of the land in their name through false documents and filed lawsuits calling for the eviction of the residents. The Israeli Occupation courts recognized the ownership of the land for the settlement organizations, and obligated the residents of the neighborhood to pay rent for their homes. Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood residents rejected the occupation court’s decision as it constitutes their recognition of the settlers’ ownership of land. The ÷Israeli Occupation Court issued decisions for residents of the neighborhood to vacate their homes, obligate them to pay compensation and threaten with imprisonment.
In 2008/2009, the Israeli Occupation forces forcibly expelled three families in the neighborhood from their homes: Al-Ghawy, Um Kamel al-Kurd, and Hanoun families, while half of Nabil al-Kurd’s house was taken, and settled settlers in their place.
TODAY, 12 families of the neighborhood face the risk of forcible displacement following the issuance of a decision by the occupation to vacate their homes.
The families of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood are reaching out to the Jordanian government to provide the necessary identification documents to help establish their rights to their homes and lands.
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