The Rajabi building is located in Wadi al Hussein and also between the Kiryat Arba settlement and the old city of Hebron. Photo EAPPI/M. Prisco.
A demonstration in support of the Al Rajabi building. Photo EAPPI/S. Hefekaeuser.
The long disputed case of the Rajabi house in Wadi al Hussein in Hebron today saw a decision from the Israeli Supreme Court in favour of settler ownership of the house. EAPPI met with representatives of Youth Against Settlements (YAS) to discuss the issue. They expect that this development will likely see increased tension, as settlers have claimed that they will ‘take back’ the house. There is talk among Palestinian organizations such as YAS and Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) to arrange demonstrations and other non-violent activities in the coming days in response to the decision. Coupled with the fact that the holiday of Purim is just in a few days, the coming week will probably see increased tension in the H2 area of Hebron.
In EAPPI’s fact sheet on the Rajabi building published last September, we point out that the decision to give the house to Israeli settlers is against international law as it means the establishment of a new settlement in Hebron. This decision hinders the current peace process and could have severe humanitarian implications for Palestinians who live in the vicinity of the Rajabi building.
EAPPI observers attend the weekly Friday afternoon held by priests of Beit Jala to pray against the potential annexation of the Cremisan monestary and land belong to the people of Beit Jala by the seperation wall. Photo EAPPI/P. Fergus-Moore.
The Israeli Supreme Court will hear the Cremisan court case today. This is the final hearing in an 8-year long battle against the building of the separation wall in the area west of Bethlehem known as the Cremisan valley. If approved, 58 families will lose their land to the separation wall and the Cremisan monastery will be separated on the Israeli side of the wall from its neighboring convent on the Palestinian side.