A Jordanian diplomat handed the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah documents on Wednesday intended to help prevent Israel from expelling Palestinian families from part of Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, he said.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi made the trip to the West Bank after an Israeli court reportedly gave the families until May 2 to leave their homes in the predominantly Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah or be evicted.
Jordan administered the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, until the 1967 war and remains the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.
The kingdom says it built homes for Palestinian refugees in East Jerusalem after the state of Israel’s creation in 1948.
“All the documents we hold on property and land in Jerusalem have been passed on to the Palestinian Authority,” Mr Safadi said in Ramallah.
“We are co-operating with the Palestinian Authority and the international community to prevent the expulsion of the Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.”
Jordan’s Foreign Ministry said it had “found the documents proving that the ministry of development that built these houses had in 1956 finalised lease agreements for homes in Sheikh Jarrah”.
It said the contracts between the Jordanian government, which owned the houses, and Palestinian tenants, were certified by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. According to the documents, the houses were for 28 families.