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Email Subject: Unlawful Forced Eviction of Palestinian Family
To: [Name], [Body]
From: [Name], National of [Country], address [other details]
I am writing to express concern regarding the imminent eviction of the Ghaith-Sub Laban family from their house in the Old City of Jerusalem, scheduled for 30 November 2015. The family has been living in this house since 1953 when it was leased to them under a protected tenancy agreement from the Jordanian Custodian of Public Property. After 1967, the family continued to live in the house and to pay rent to the Israeli General Custodian of Public Property.
Over the years the family has faced continued pressure with the aim of making them leave the property. Between 1975 and the year 2000, the family was banned from conducting necessary maintenance work and the house’s main entrance was blocked by Israeli settlers who moved into the house next door. The family had to fight for their right to live in their house for approximately 25 years, during which time they initiated legal proceedings that were eventually successful, allowing them to reopen the entrance of the house and to conduct the required maintenance, permitting them to move back into the property in 2001.
In 2010, nine years after the family moved back to the property, the Israeli General Custodian transferred ownership of the property to the Galetzia Trust. This trust is related to a number of extremist Israeli settler organisations, including Ateret Cohanim, which operates in the Muslim quarter of occupied East Jerusalem. Immediately, the representatives of the trust petitioned the Israeli Magistrate’s Court asking for the eviction of the family. The request was based on the allegation that the family has never lived in the property and that Jews had lived in the property prior to 1948 and as such a Jewish family, not a Palestinian family, should live there. The Galetzia Trust, represented by Eli Ital, an affiliate of Ateret Cohanim, claimed the family lost their protected tenancy status based on allegedly deserting the property, but also on installing an air conditioning device without a permit. The Israeli Magistrate’s Court Judge, herself a settler, accepted the settlers’ allegations and ruled for the family’s eviction in September 2014. The family appealed the decision before the Israeli District Court in December 2014. Despite the pending appeal the settlers tried to evict the family on two occasions, on one of which Israeli police facilitated the attempt. The Israeli District Court rejected the family’s appeal on 11 October 2015, and the family has been notified that they are to be evicted on 30 November 2015.
I urge you to investigate the circumstances and the proceedings leading to the eviction order against the family, and to make representations to the relevant authorities to prevent the forced eviction of the Gaith-Sub Laban family. The Israeli Court has based its decision solely on testimony by the settlers and those trying to have them evicted. The forced eviction amounts to serious violations of Israel’s obligations under International Human Rights Law, particularly the right to housing and the prohibition of racial discrimination, and International Humanitarian Law. The eviction further poses severe concerns regarding the fairness of the proceedings.
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