Posted by: sean | November 10, 2008

Wheelchair-bound Palestinians evicted from their East Jerusalem home

The Israelis courts are going down a road that I think they’ll probably end up regretting:

Israeli police on Sunday evicted a disabled Palestinian man and his wife from the Jerusalem home in which they have lived for more than 50 years, despite the intervention of the United States.

A Jerusalem court in July ruled that the east Jerusalem housing provided to Mohammed al-Kurd and his wife Fawzieh in 1956 by the Jordanian government and a U.N. refugee agency was built on land to which their title was in doubt and they must vacate the property.

A Jewish group says it has papers dating back to Ottoman times proving that the land was originally owned by Jews who fled when Jordanian troops overran east Jerusalem in the fighting which accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948.

Police removed the wheelchair-bound al-Kurd and his wife from the building before dawn on Sunday.

…Rabbi Arik Ascherman of the Israeli group Rabbis for Human Rights said enforcing property claims dating from before 1948 could boomerang on Israelis, many of who today live in homes abandoned by Palestinians during the fighting then.

“I can’t say with 100 percent certainty that the land (where the al-Kurds lived) didn’t belong before 1948 to the Jewish families,” he said. “The question is, do any of us as Israelis really want to go back to the situation where everyone owns what they owned in 1948.”

Israeli Jews should know that if people are going to start being evicted from their homes based on Ottoman property deeds, there will be an awful lot of homeless Israelis.



  1. thats a very good question.. and it should be asked of both sides.. and i suppose moreso of our (the israeli) side..

    but with every one being so tactical and no one being productively strategic we are left with these complicated situations..

    i (think) i dont want 1948 to be once more.. however – its easy for me to say about someone elses home because i want peace.. maybe if it was my own home id feel differently.. knowing good and well that this cuts both ways..

    my yemenite family lived in the city of david.. whats now known as kfar silwan and mostly palestinian inhabited.. as a result of 1948 – a naqba for the jews of the city of david if you will..

    but im happy not to return there.. as much as i love that place..

  2. Well, you know how I feel. I believe in a single state with the right of return for Palestinian refugees and financial and land compensation when a return is no longer possible.

    This article just underlined Israeli chutzpah for me, showing how some people want to have their cake and eat it too. If Israeli Jews can reclaim territory based on pre-48 documentation, then why can’t Palestinians?

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