Rights and Accountability 9 December 2015
Israel plans to evict them as soon as 14 December from the house they’ve lived in since 1953, so it can be taken over by a group of Jewish settlers whose aim is to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
The family has already faced two attempts this year by Israeli occupation forces and settlers to remove them from their home, which is steps from Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque.
“The simple fact is that our house in particular is being targeted because it is the last Palestinian household left in the building and the neighborhood. If we are evicted, Ateret Cohanim will have a huge property [in the Muslim quarter] that is only inhabited by Israeli settlers,” Nora’s son Rafat Sub Laban told The Electronic Intifada in March, referring to one of the settler groups that is spearheading the takeover.
“This case sits within a context where hundreds of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are at risk of forced displacement due to settler activities” in Jerusalem, the United Nations special rapporteurs on the right to housing and the human rights of Palestinians wrote last April.
Unsurprisingly, Israel’s legal system, rigged to favor the settlers, has failed to protect the family’s tenure in the house.
The video was released by the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) as part of the #StopNorasEviction campaign.Almost 32,000 people have signed a petition calling on international agencies to pressure Israel to halt the eviction.
That may be the only hope, but time is running out.
“I’ve lived through my life watching my neighbors and family being slowly pushed out of the city,” Nora says in the video.
Now she and two generations of her family, including young children, face expulsion as well.
IMEU is asking people to stay tuned to the hashtag #StopNorasEviction and to its Twitter and Facebook accounts for more on its campaign to draw attention to the imminent eviction of the Sub Laban family.
- Nora Sub Laban
- Rafat Sub Laban
- East Jerusalem
- Ateret Cohanim
- ethnic cleansing
- Israeli settlers
- Institute for Middle East Understanding
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