European diplomats visit Palestinian family in Jerusalem threatened with eviction

JERUSALEM, Monday, European Union diplomats visited on Monday the Sabbagh family, which is under threat of eviction from its home in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem for the benefit of Jewish settlers, and warned that settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory is illegal under international law.

The Israeli High Court dismissed on 15 November a final appeal against the eviction of the Sabbagh family from its home in Sheikh Jarrah following a claim by settlers that they own the plot where the house is located despite the fact that the Sabbagh family submitted documents proving the fallacy of the claim by the settlers that the house is registered in their name.

The court had ruled that the statute of ation in the lawsuit against the settlers has expired and therefore it rejected the appeal.

If the eviction is carried out, it would amount to the displacement of around 32 members of the Sabbagh family, including 6 children, the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah said in a statement on the visit, adding that further settlement plans including evictions are being moved forward in Sheikh Jarrah.

The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall the successive Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions and statements in which the EU has repeated its strong opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, including evictions and demolitions. The policy of settlement construction and expansion, including in East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law, and its continuation undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace, concluded the statement.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency