An Israeli court has ruled in favor of the eviction of a Palestinian family from the home they have lived in for more than 50 years.
The family has been told to leave peacefully or pay the cost of the eviction. The ruling has set Wednesday as the deadline for vacating the house in the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has condemned the planned eviction. Israeli anti-occupation group, Peace Now, say the decision is part of a wider Israeli plan to expand settlements in East Jerusalem al-Quds.
According to Peace Now, a US-registered company has obtained the rights of ownership to the property. The anti-occupation NGO added that such an approach is aimed at hiding who is actually behind the push to evict the Palestinians. Israel occupied east Jerusalem al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967. Around 200,000 Israelis currently reside there in the settlements that are considered illegal under international law. Tel Aviv has reportedly tripled the settlement construction on the occupied Palestinian territories in recent months.