Israel evicts Palestinian family from Jerusalem home claimed by Jewish tenants

Israel evicts Palestinian family from Jerusalem home claimed by Jewish tenants

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Israeli police have evicted a Palestinian family from their home in east Jerusalem to make way for new Jewish tenants who claimed ownership.

Municipal officials backed by armed police enforced a court order to remove the six-member Shamasneh family from a home claimed by heirs of a Jewish family forced to abandon it in 1948 when it came under Jordanian control.

Israel took control of the area after the 1967 war and continued existing rental arrangements with Arab tenants, but a law allowing Jews to reclaim former homes or repurchase them have set up such conflicts.
The armed officers escorted the Shamasnehs out of the home, with the elderly Ayoub Shamasneh carried out by his relatives.

Mr Shamasneh, 79, said his legal case was still pending. “How can they do this to us?” he said. His wife Fahima, 75, called it “pure injustice” that after more than 50 years in the house they “throw us out in the street”.

Palestinians claim the evictions aim to increase east Jerusalem’s Jewish population and change the area’s demography, making it harder to divide the city in any eventual peace deal. Israel says it is merely enforcing the law.

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