Zionist law: Palestinians will only get back family homes in west Jerusalem for sold off West Bank property

A lawsuit claiming that Israel illegally seized 200 Palestinian homes from east Jerusalem, leaving their Palestinian families homeless, ended with a settlement on Friday. But families already settled in the Sheikh Jarrah area said…

Zionist law: Palestinians will only get back family homes in west Jerusalem for sold off West Bank property

A lawsuit claiming that Israel illegally seized 200 Palestinian homes from east Jerusalem, leaving their Palestinian families homeless, ended with a settlement on Friday.

But families already settled in the Sheikh Jarrah area said they would not accept any form of government handover of the land where they live.

Two families that live on the same block in Sheikh Jarrah, and are embroiled in a separate legal battle over Israeli government ownership, said they would accept a plan from Israel’s High Court that offers them a chance to buy back their lands.

But the children and grandchildren of those who previously lived in the buildings and were evicted by Israeli authorities, rejected the Israeli offer, saying they would not accept any deal that granted any of their existing rights to their land back.

In their place they would want to erect 30 houses for Palestinians. In exchange for each Israeli home, Israel would give another house to the Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, descendants of the original family and the heirs of the families who were evicted.

Ghassan Khatib, the head of the Palestinian human rights group Adalah, described the Israeli scheme as “contortion.”

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