Posted on 26th July 2012, by & filed under displacement, East Jerusalem, Evictions, Itay Epshtain, Judaization, Settlements.

A Palestinian refugee family (An Natsha) residing in Beit Hanina (East Jerusalem) was forcibly evicted by Israeli authorities this morning, 18 April 2012. The home was taken over by an Israeli settler association, which plans to build around 60 housing units for settlers in the area.  Since 2001, the An Natsha family has suffered repeated settler violence and harassment at the hands of settler groups insisting that they leave their homes. These attacks have intensified in recent months and ultimately brought about today’s displacement of 14 family members. 


@ Michael Salisbury, ICAHD
The eviction of the An Natsha family follows the eviction of several other Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. In 2009, nine Palestinian families were evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to make way for further settlement expansion, which remains unlawful under international law. This eviction indicates that Beit Hanina may similarly become a target for the take-over of land and the establishment of new settlements.
To read more on the planned Judaization of Beit Hanina, press here…
For a legal analysis of Israeli practices of demolition and forced eviction in East Jerusalem, press here…