EU Representatives Visit the Sabbagh Family in Sheikh Jarrah
On Tuesday, 22 January 2019, EU diplomats visited the 32 members of the Sabbagh family under threat of eviction from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. Jewish settlers are to take their place.
NOTE: Israel’s settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory is illegal under international law; evictions breach art. 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. Also, the Sabbagh family have submitted documents proving that the house they live in is registered in their name.
The Sabbaghs are refugees from Jaffa, where their original family home still stands. But – unlike Jews – Palestinians cannot under Israeli law reclaim property abandoned during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence.
Following a claim by settlers that they own the plot where the Sabbagh family house is located, the Israeli High Court dismissed, on 15 November 2018, a final appeal against the Sabbagh family’s eviction, ruling that the statute of action in the lawsuit against the settlers had expired.
The statement on the visit issued by the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah notes: “If the eviction is carried out, it would amount to the displacement of around 32 members of the Sabbagh family, including 6 children,” adding that further settlement plans, including evictions, are being moved forward in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem.
“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, according to WAFA.
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