Posted on May 21, 2020, by & filed under Jewish National Fund (JNF), News.

ICAHD is part of the very diverse political group that make up the Sumreen Coalition that is pressurizing the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to stop its determination to evict the Sumreen family from their home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, located directly below the Old City. Please note that the family name may be written either as 'Sumarin' or 'Sumreen' - both refer to the same family

On June 30th, 2020, the Israeli courts heard the final appeal of this case in which the Keren Kayemeth Leisrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), through its subsidiary organization, Himanuta, sought the eviction of the 18-member Palestinian Sumreen family from their home. The family lost their appeal and were ordered to leave their home on 16th August so that the JNF could take it over. On 5th August, the Israeli Supreme Court stayed the eviction, stating that it will debate whether to hear the family's appeal hence at least delaying the eviction. The case was due to be heard again in the Supreme Court on 29 June 2022 but the case was delayed - further details are available here.

Participate in this campaign to stop this eviction happening

Learn about the history of the Campaign here

  • Israeli Supreme Court Stays Eviction of Palestinian Family from East Jerusalem Home (Press Release on 6 August 2020)
  • Court Rejected the Sumreen Family Appeal and Ruled its Eviction by 16 August 2020
  • On 21 September 2020, the BBC released news that Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich, controls companies that have donated $100m to an Israeli settler organisation, Elad, which operates in occupied East Jerusalem
  • The Israeli Embassy claims that the state of Israeli has no part in East Jerusalem demolitions (13 October 2020)
  • Israeli take-over of Sumreen family home delayed - 5 April 2021
  • 9 January 2022, Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, announced that he supports the eviction of the Sumreen family from Silwan

View Actions You Can Take in support of the Sumreen family here

  • Learn about the campaign through recordings
  • Write to the KKL-JNF
  • Ask your MP to support Early Day Motion #529