Jordan hands over Sheikh Jarrah housing documents

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said on Tuesday that it has been collecting over the years official documents proving the leasing of housing units in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to Palestinians by the Jordanian ministry of construction and development in 1956.اضافة اعلان

Ministry spokesperson Dhaif Allah Al-Fayez said that, upon a request from Palestinian authorities, certified copies of all found documents were provided to the Palestinian embassy in Amman, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

Over 70 Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah are facing a fierce legal battle in Israeli courts to stop their forcible transfer to make room for Israeli settlers, according to the Middle East Monitor.

In February, an Israeli district court in occupied Jerusalem rejected an appeal filed by four Palestinian families of the Karm Al Ja'ouni area of Sheikh Jarrah against previous eviction orders, the news outlet reported.

According to the Middle East Monitor, the court gave the families until May 2, 2021, to leave their homes.

Al-Fayez added that the search process ongoing for documents dating more than sixty years back. 

These documents include leases, correspondence, records and statements of the names of tenants.

Additionally, the Palestinian embassy was handed a certified copy of the agreement between the ministry of construction and development and UNRWA in 1954, under which the leases were concluded, according to Al-Fayez. 

Al-Fayez affirmed that keeping Jerusalemites on their land and in their homes and protecting their rights are important causes for Jordan, towards which it exerts constant efforts. 

Al-Fayez stressed in the statement the kingdom's condemnation of “Israel's illegal and inhumane attempts to expel Palestinians from their homes and from their land, and its Infringement of their rights.”

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