LONDON (Dispatches) – Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich has donated almost $102 million to a far-right Zionist settler organization which displaces Palestinian families from occupied al-Quds.
According to the leaked documents, known as the "FinCEN Files,” four companies run by Abramovich donated $100 million to Elad, to purchase Palestinians’ homes in Silwan and strengthen the presence of Zionist settlers there.
Although he has been frequently present at Elad’s events, the extent of the football club owner’s involvement was not revealed until the set of bank reports between 2000 and 2017 exposed his financial transactions and ownership of the companies were leaked, reported BBC News Arabic.
Ranked as the world’s 113th-richest person by Forbes, Abramovich is worth $12.2 billion and became a citizen of the occupied territories in 2018. In recent years, he has purchased at least three properties in the occupied territories and become the biggest single donor over the past 15 years to Elad, which also receives backing from the occupying regime, added BBC News Arabic.
Last week, a court in al-Quds run by the Zionist regime ordered Palestinian families to evacuate their homes in the holy city’s Silwan neighborhood to make way for Zionist settlers.
The landlord, Aref al-Qara’een, claimed it in 2015 and sold it secretly to Elad settler organization in 2017, which seized the whole building, except one house because the resident is a "protected tenant”.
In July, Zionist troops evicted a single mother and her four children from their home in Silwan in order to hand it to Elad following a 24-year legal battle between the Palestinian residents and the organization.
Settlement activity on occupied land is illegal under international law.