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The Disgusting Treatment Of A Palestinian Family.

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Thanks to Lisa Goldman for highlighting the disgusting treatment of a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem, Haaretz reports:

“Right-wing Israelis are expected to move into a room in an East Jerusalem Palestinian family’s home on Monday, after a court sided with their claim.

The Hamdallah family and American millionaire and settler patron Irving Moskowitz have been fighting an 11-year court battle over the home. Now, authorities are expected to force the Hamdallahs to evacuate a room and their yard to make way for Israelis, who are likely to encumber their neighbors’ day-to-day routine.

The yard leads to the home’s entrance.

The Hamdallah home abuts Ma’aleh Zeitim, an enclave of 100 Jewish families encircled by a wall deep in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Ras al-Amud. Nearby, a construction project that includes 14 housing units for Jewish families in what was once the West Bank police headquarters is nearly done.

The home and Ma’aleh Zeitim are on land that was purchased by Moskowitz in 1990. The American acquired the property from Chabad and the Volhynia Hassidic dynasty, who proved they owned the land before 1948.

The Palestinian family has lived in the area since 1952. Through his representatives and emissaries in Israel, Moskowitz has waged a multi-year legal battle to evict the family.

Sixteen Palestinians live in the disputed home. A couple and a child live in the bedroom that the court ordered vacated.

“Three people live in this room,” said Khaled Hamdallah, a family member. “We don’t know what to do. I don’t even care anymore. I feel like dying. They want to throw us out completely. The police is with them, the judges are with them. So what’s the point?”

“The settlers used a trick,” said Lecker. “Geva submitted an affidavit [to the bailiff] that does not match the court’s ruling. They will evacuate the room and bring in a family and two armed guard. I think [the settlers] want to make their lives hell until they finally are forced to leave.” “

Written by modernityblog

10/03/2011 at 14:35

6 Responses

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  1. This is where the ‘legal’ and ‘moral’ get completely twisted about.
    You would have thought that common sense and decency would have prevailed. Lots of compassionate deals have been struck before, why not now?
    I’m feeling that’s a rhetorical question!

    Isca Stieglitz

    10/03/2011 at 16:19

  2. Isca,

    You’re right, but there’s a lot of money getting thrown around, a lot of external pressure and in the end, the poor people lose out

    modernityblog

    10/03/2011 at 16:34

  3. This is awful, where will this family go? I hope this case is highlighted and something is done to stop this. they should not have to move out or be pressured into doing so in anyway what so ever.Completely wrong,unjust and sad. @ modernity when you say the american acquired the property from Chabad, I cant believe Lubavitch would sanction such a thing, is this true?

    smtx01

    11/03/2011 at 00:45

  4. Anychance of running this story on Cifwatch?

    smtx01

    11/03/2011 at 00:48

  5. I think that some people find power and the ability to intimidate others rather intoxicating, so whatever the other factors that probably contributed to this terrible situation.

    modernityblog

    11/03/2011 at 00:49

  6. In answer to your question, unlikely.

    modernityblog

    11/03/2011 at 00:49


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