ICAHD is part of the very diverse political group that make up the Sumarin Coalition that is pressurizing the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to stop its determination to evict the Sumarin family from their home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, located directly below the Old City.
On June 30th, 2020, the Israeli courts are scheduled to hear the final appeal of a case in which the Keren Kayemeth Leisrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), through its subsidiary organization, Himanuta, will seek to evict the Palestinian Sumarin family consisting of 18 members from their home.
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Watch this three-minute film to learn about the family.
KKL-JNF has become a settler fund which has exploited legal methods to displace Palestinian families from their homes to hand them over to settlers. In this case Israel has used the Absentee Property Law based on what Peace Now describes as questionable evidence and which the Sumarin Coalition describes as using a draconian application which is biased against Palestinians. The KKL-JNF has been desiring this property for nearly 30 years and even after losing a previous court case, the KKL-JNF is not letting go.
Write to the KKL-JNF stating that this is an act of abject cruelty and it should renounce all claims to the property, cease legal proceedings against the family and let the family live in peace and safety in their own home.
Fifty-three years ago, the Israeli government unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem in violation of international law. The Sumarin family’s struggle to stay in their home is yet another example of what displacement looks like and which has already been experienced by other Palestinians not only in East Jerusalem but also in the West Bank. The KKL-JNF also operates within the state of Israel and is active in displacing Palestinians from the Unrecognized Villages in the Negev. If the Israeli government proceeds to formally annex great swathes of the West Bank after July 1st, even more Palestinians will be pushed off their land and for many, Israel will use the Absentee Property Law to accomplish this.
At present the global coronavirus pandemic remains with us. For most people, their home is their place of safety and security. For Palestinians this is not the case as even now the KKL-JNF seeks to displace families.
Ask Your MP to support Early Day Motion #529. Ask your MP to support Parliamentary Early Day Motion #529:
That this House strongly condemns the ongoing attempts of the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) to evict the Sumarin family from their home in East Jerusalem; recognises this within a broader context of the Israeli government’s efforts to demographically alter the population of Jerusalem, and the controversial use of Israel’s Absentee Property Law to dispossess Palestinians of their land; notes the Sumarin family have lived at their property, with deeds of ownership, for over fifty years; reiterates that ethnic cleansing is one of the most serious crimes, and that the UK is committed to upholding international law; urgently requests the Government to intervene on behalf of the Sumarin family, and calls on the Charity Commission to review the charitable status of JNF UK.
Further details of the Early Day Motion may be found here.
You can use the sample letter here or adapt it..
You can find your MP here.
For further background see:
KKL-JNF and its Role in Settlement Expansion. (Peace Now)
The Jewish National Fund Should Stop Trying to Kick a Palestinian Family Out of Their Home (Rabbi Michael Marmur)