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Israel seizes 790 Palestinian firms in Jerusalem

Mardi, 26 mai 2015 - 9h57 AM

mardi 26 mai 2015



Some 790 Palestinian firms based in occupied Jerusalem are being transferred to Jewish ownership, Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad reported yesterday.

Director of the Maps and Survey Department in the Orient House in Jerusalem, Khalil Al-Tafakji, said : « These properties are owned by Arab Palestinian families, including 595 residential apartments, 186 shops and 15 Islamic, nine Christian and 60 public facilities. »
« The Israeli occupation confiscated these firms in 1968, turned them into state property, and now it is turning them into the ownership of Jewish settlers. »
Al-Tafakji stressed : « The recent Israeli announcement to build new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem was a step towards turning Palestinian properties to Jewish settlers. » He noted that the Israeli occupation does not hide its occupation and settlement plans.
Two days ago, the Israeli president and prime minister reite rated that Jerusalem, east and west, is a united city for the Jewish nation and it would remain the « eternal united capital » for them.
According to Al-Tafakji, the recent ongoing Israeli measures regarding the so-called « Absentee Property Law » is the Israeli tool used to target Palestinian properties owned by Palestinians living outside Jerusalem.
« Using this law, the occupation is targeting the remaining 13 per cent of occupied Jerusalem controlled by Palestinians, » he said.