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June 14, 2009

2,650 Palestinian Families Face Displacement

Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reports that 400 Palestinian families are in danger of being sued for illegally living on state land. What? You didn't read about it in the New York Times? You didn't see a scathing UN condemnation? Maybe that's because the state land in question is Palestinian, and it is the Palestinian Authority which is suing the squatters. Ma'an reports:

Some 400 Palestinian families are being sued by the Palestinian Authority’s Land Department for building thatched clay homes and tents on Jericho-area land that the PA sold to the Palestinian Investment Fund Company for development.

The 400 are only a fraction of the 2,650 families that the government intends to sue, but fill the maximum capacity for suits at the district court.

The suits charge families from the villages of Nuwei’ma, Ad-Duyuk and Al-Auja of violating state property. Dozens of hearings have already been held, most of which were postponed on the request of families seeking time to get ownership documents in order.

Posted by TS at June 14, 2009 02:08 AM

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