Givat Amal residents evicted from their homes after 16 years of legal battle

Israel Police forces entered Tel Aviv’s Givat Amal neighborhood on Monday morning in order to begin the process of evicting 45 families, following months of protests by residents against the decision.

Currently, there are an estimated 45 families living in Givat Amal, following the 2014 previous evictions of some 80 families. In 2018, a court decision ruled that the residents of Givat Amal were not residing there illegally, but, however, the decision to evict the remaining residents was not reversed.

Givat Amal is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, despite being located in one of the richest suburbs in the city, between Reviva and Bavli. The area has been described as “one of the most sought-after real estate areas” in the country, which is what led to the legal battle that began in 2005 and has continued until today, 16 years later.

A development project led by business magnate Yitzhak Tshuva was first approved in Givat Amal in 2005, which would have tripled in size to include seven new high-rise buildings, but displacing the population, many of whom have lived there. since the founding of the State of Israel, but has no legal property rights.

Due to lack of property rights, displaced families were initially told that they would not be entitled to compensation, but this has since changed. Starting in August 2021, evicted tenants will receive rental assistance for the months after evictions, N12 reported.

Givat Amal residents and supporters protest the evacuation of the Givat Amal neighborhood in Tel Aviv on November 15, 2021 (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI / FLASH90).

TO Haaretz Report from October this year described the conditions of the Givat Amal neighborhood, awaiting the next evictions. “To this day, they use wells they dug to remove sewage. Without fortified rooms, they shelter from rockets under a flimsy asbestos roof. Weeds that have invaded the empty plots where residents used to live now offer shelter for snakes.” the newspaper reported. .

Before Monday’s evacuations, Givat Amal residents barricaded themselves inside their homes, along with social activists who arrived to support them.

Hopes that Israel’s new government would reverse the eviction decisions proved unfounded, a fact reflected in posters and signs pasted throughout the neighborhood with the faces of Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked. holding them accountable for the decision together with Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

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