World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 20 Jews settlers moved into a 12-apartment building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan late Wednesday night. According to an article in Haaretz, the move almost doubles the number of Jewish settlers in the neighborhood, causing even more tensions between Arab inhabitants and the Jewish settlers in the district.
The settlers first replaced the locks on the and then moved in household items on Thursday morning.
Ateret Cohanim, an organization that purchases properties in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem in order to settle Jews in them, sued the Palestinian owners of the building a fewmonths ago in order to have them evicted. They claimed that the house was belonged to a hekdesh, a traditional Jewish landowning association, a century ago. Settler activists pressured the building’s residents to leave without being evicted.
According to Palestinian sources in Silwan, the building’s Palestinian owner "admitted" that he had reached a financial agreement with Ateret Cohanim.
One Palestinian family refused to vacate their apartment, saying their lease was still in effect however the settlers claimed the family’s lease was invalid. The family remains in the building.
In recent weeks, other Jewish familes have taken over other homes in the area. Palestinians in the area said that the appearance of new locks and doors on another nearby building was a sign that more settlers were to be expected to move in very soon. There are now about 15 Jewish families living in the area.
Suspected Jewish extremists arrested for violating restraining order
In a separate incident two Jewish teenages were arrested Thursday in Nof Ayalon where a conference for administraive detention was being held, for allegedly violating a restraining order barring them from entering the West Bank. At this stage, the circumstances of the arrest remained unclear..
The restrictions mandated by administrative detention ranges from nighttime curfews and house arrest to being barred from entering Jerusalem and/or the West Bank.
Participants in the conference included Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, a founder of the Haredi Nahal army program for ultra-Orthodox men, as well as former Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari and right-wing extremist Baruch Marzel.
“It seems that even a conference against administrative detention is against the Israel Police’s wishes. Unfortunately the police are receiving orders to act as if there are no limits to resources or authorities,” said Shmuel Meidad. The director of Honenu, an organization that is aiding the teens, Meidad took part in the conference.Last Mod: 28 Ağustos 2015, 11:40