The Sumarin family's house was taken by theft, a central fact ignored by the Jerusalem District Court when it rejected the Sumarin family's appeal against eviction by the Jewish National Fund. Ongoing for thirty years, their case is not over. In the 1990's, an Israeli court and a government commission determined that the expropriation of their property was in violation of Israeli law. That's why the Sumarin family asks everyone's help to bring their case before Israel's Supreme Court.
It is the responsibility of a democracy to protect the rights of its weakest members. If the government of Israel permits misapplication of the Absentee Property Law to unjustly evict the Sumarin family, during a pandemic no less, it will be emboldened to further improperly apply it in Israel and in any area that Israel unilaterally acquires through the proposed annexation of West Bank territories. This risks formalizing the illegal expropriation of private Palestinian land on a massive scale.
The Sumarin family is appealing their case to Israel's Supreme Court. They need your help to pay $40,000 USD for lawyer and court fees. If the Supreme Court denies their request, the family must pay $23,000 in fines per the lower court that ruled in favor of the Jewish National Fund and $40,000 in eviction fees for their forcible removal from their home. If they win, the returned court fees & fines will seed a revolving fund for other cases, managed by Torat Tzedek, an NGO registered in Israel.
Long ago, the prophets envisioned that from Jerusalem, a divine spirit of global justice and moral responsibility would descend upon the world. When the Government of Israel protects the rights of the Sumarin family, this will be a first step towards establishing an Israeli legal system that will guarantee the rights of all who live there. In this light, Rebuilding Alliance and the Sumarin Coalition ask your help to put a stop to injustice, starting with the home of the Sumarin family.