More than 100 Israeli settlers took more than Palestinian houses and land in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan on Thursday early morning, in accordance to the Wafa news agency.

Accompanied by Israeli police and non-public protection guards, the group arrived at 2am in Silwan, an location on the outskirts of the contested city, and moved into a few properties and a plot of land owned by Palestinian residents. 

Considering that 2007, the region of Silwan has been a internet site of excavation for Israeli archaeologists hoping to find the biblical metropolis of David.

Wadi al-Hilweh Data Centre, which screens Israeli violations and settler archaeological excavations in the space, mentioned in a assertion that the proprietors of the properties were not current when the settlers and law enforcement arrived.

Ateret Cohanim, a settler group lively in Silwan, al-Bustan, Batn al-Hawa and Wadi al-Hilweh, all neighbourhoods south of Al-Aqsa mosque, now has control of the four-storey structures and the plot, in accordance to Wadi al-Hilweh.

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Two of the properties belonged to the Awad relatives, who even now reside close by and say they bought them to two Palestinian gentlemen four months back.

The spouse and children explained that they were being amazed to understand that the homes experienced been offered secretly to Israel settlers, incorporating that a person of the phrases of the sale settlement to the two adult men was “to consult the Awad loved ones about any potential sale and to not sell it to Jews.”

The 3rd household creating, also 4 storeys, and with a basement, belonged to a gentleman who was not in the location when settlers arrived in the early hrs of Thursday morning.

The plot of land was owned by the Abu Sbieh loved ones, who stated that it was bought to a further male, in accordance to Wadi al-Hilweh.

Israeli settlers on Thursday installed two rooms and a staircase on the plot of land, opened a new entrance to a single of the buildings and lifted Israeli flags on it, installing CCTV cameras in the location.

Biblical tourism

At present, 400 Israeli settlers dwell in roughly 12 places – shielded by the Israeli army and military law enforcement – amongst the 55,000 or so Palestinians of Silwan, al-Bustan, Batn al-Hawa and Wadi al-Hilweh.

In March, hundreds of Palestinians in East Jerusalem protested an Israeli municipality system to demolish 100 homes in get to make way for a “biblical” tourism park in the al-Bustan place.

The municipality is going in advance with its prepare to develop Gan Hamelech Park on al-Bustan’s land and hyperlink it to the Town of David archeological park. This will involve the demolition of 100 qualities, household to almost 1,550 Palestinians, 63 per cent of them under 18 many years of age.

Israeli authorities also declared in November that they ended up starting up excavation get the job done in the Silwan spot to prepare for the construction of a cable car, a controversial venture that would significantly change the historic Previous Metropolis of Jerusalem and increase the Israeli presence in Palestinian-greater part neighbourhoods.

Israeli demolitions of Palestinian residences in al-Bustan have been justified on the grounds of inhabitants not having a building allow. Nonetheless, Israel helps make it almost extremely hard for Palestinians to get these permits, although the Israeli authorities announces and expands settlements in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on a regular basis.