by Maurice Ostroff
Is non-payment of rent grounds for eviction? What if the tenant is a Palestinian living in
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The saga began as long ago as 1972. The eviction resulted from a Supreme Court ruling in a protracted legal battle over ownership of properties in the area. The applicants claimed to own the property occupied by the Ghawi and Hanun families and sought to evict them on the grounds of rent delinquency. The defendants claimed the Jewish appellants had forged their ownership documents, but after examining all the evidence, the Supreme Court ruled that it was in fact the Arab documents which had been forged while the Jewish deeds were legitimate.
Not only did the media reports distort the story by ignoring the above facts, they failed to mention that of the 28 families who occupied the premises, only two were evacuated for the valid reason of refusing to pay rent. While the Israeli court accepted the appellant's claim of ownership over the property, it nevertheless recognized the Palestinian residents' status as "protected tenants" who could not be ejected as long as they continued to pay the rent in terms of
Nor did the facts on the ground deter international politicos from grabbing this opportunity to shoot from the hip. A headline in The Telegraph summed up the knee-jerk international reaction. It screamed, "
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, "
And the following aggressive statement from the British Consulate in
The Consulate's declaration that the judgments of the
Would the British consulate in
In view of the hysterical condemnation of the eviction of two families in
Do they not care about the Botswana Government's forced eviction of the Gana and Gwi tribes (better known as "Bushmen") from the ancestral lands they inhabited for more than 20,000 years and forced into grim resettlement camps they call "places of death"?
Are they too focused on demonizing Israel to pay some attention to the 52,000 hutments that have been bulldozed in Mumbai where, YUVA, the Youth for Unity & Voluntary Action, reports that millions of people have been thrown out of their houses at the peak of the winter season and are living around the demolished site without shelter, food, livelihood or basic amenities.
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