The director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Jawad Siam, confirmed that the occupation is intensifying its settlement projects in occupied Jerusalem with the aim of displacing Jerusalemites and replacing them with settlers, especially in the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, claiming settlers’ ownership of real estate before 1948.
Siam said that 72 families from Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood have filed cases before the Israeli courts, and all of them are threatened with eviction from their homes, warning against using the Israeli judiciary as a tool for forced displacement as it supports settlement projects and settlers also work in it.
Siam added that several neighborhoods are also threatened with eviction, such as the Al-Bustan neighborhood, where settlement threatens 90 families and more than 350 families in Silwan.
He also warned against settler organizations seizing real estate without waiting for court decisions, stressing that the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a group of legal and human rights institutions are trying to internationalize the settlement file in occupied Jerusalem and transfer it to the International Criminal Court and the United Nations.
Siam indicated that 80 percent of Palestinian families in occupied Jerusalem are below the poverty line as a result of the occupation policies that attempt to displace Jerusalemites from their city.