Supreme Court Returns Old City Properties to Jews (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/07/12)
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The Supreme Court on Monday ordered two Arab squatters in Jerusalem’s
Old City to vacate the homes they are occupying.
Lawyer Mohammed Dahleh said the court had rejected his clients’
appeal on the basis that the properties had been legally acquired by
Jewish prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948.
“It went through the Magistrates Court, the District Court and now
the Supreme Court,” Dahleh said.
The Supreme Court also ordered the plaintiff´s – Ghazi Zalum’s house
and Ismail Wazwaz – to pay all the legal costs.
Both properties – one a residence, the other a shop – are in the Al-
Qarameh neighborhood between the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the
Zalum complained to the AFP that there had been a systematic takeover
by settlers of properties in the area.
“With my evacuation, Israel has evacuated half of the Al-Qarameh
neighborhood and Aqbat al-Khaldiyya as part of an organized policy of
clearing the Old City,” he charged.
“It is more of a political issue than an Arab or Jewish property
issue. This move comes with the announcement of the elections and is
a message to Israelis saying: we are liberating Jerusalem from the
Arabs,” he said, referring to a decision by Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu to call early elections this September.
The identities of the Jewish owners who won the court battle were not
Jews were forced to abandon their properties and flee when Judea,
Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem when Jordan invaded and occupied the
territory during Israel´s War of Independence.
Israel liberated the Old City along with the territories occupied by
Jordan, originally slated for the Jewish state under the British
Mandate, in the 1967 Six Day War.
Jewish organizations dedicated to re-establishing the Jewish presence
in the the Old City and eastern Jerusalem frequently scour archives
for documents proving Jewish ownership of properties in the area.
With the exception of a very brief period following the Crusader
sacking of Jerusalem in 1099, there has been an unbroken Jewish
presence in Jerusalem for thousands of years. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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