Over the past several weeks, Palestinians have been protesting the displacement of a families from the neighborhood following an Israeli court order. The eight families facing displacement, like all the families in the Karm al-Jaouni complex, are Palestinian refugees who were forced out of their homes in the 1948 war and their descendants. In the 1950s, the Jordanian authorities and UNRWA housed them in that area, which was an open space with no buildings at the time. Following Israel’s occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, settler organizations have been trying to take over the properties, claiming they were originally owned by Jews.
The legal battle over these homes has extended over decades. Last year, the Jerusalem District Court ordered the eviction of eight families, which would leave 500 people homeless. Last week, the Supreme Court held a preliminary hearing regarding an appeal of the district court’s decision. Justice Dafna Barak-Erez ordered four of those families to decide by Thursday whether they agree to a settlement according to which they can continue living in their homes if they recognize the settlers’ ownership of the property.
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