Israel evicts Palestinian family from house in Jerusalem al-Quds
Story Code : 778610
Citing sources, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that the Israeli forces raided Hatem Abu Assab’s family house in the Aqabat al-Khalidiya quarter of the Old City near the al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday.
Witnesses said that the troops also physically assaulted the family’s members after they encircled and broke into the building.
Hatem’s wife, Rania, said that the Israeli forces took away his husband and son to an undisclosed location and the house was given to Israeli settlers.
“They (Israel) took my home, my memories, my dreams. They took my husband and my son. The Israeli settler is inside my home, while I’m thrown out,” Rania said.
“Israeli forces raided my home with no prior notice. We thought they came to deliver a new notice regarding our home; however, to our surprise we were given little time to abandon our home,” she added.
The family, which currently comprises nine people, has been living in this house for more than 56 years and made several appeals to the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem al-Quds and different institutions to help it stand against the Israeli decision to expel it from the house.
The Abu Assab’s family came to the Old City after it was forcibly displaced from al-Baqa’a neighborhood in western Jerusalem al-Quds in 1948 following the Deir Yassin massacre.
The development come as Tel Aviv continues with its land expropriation policies in the occupied territories in blatant defiance of international law.
About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.