Dozens of Hebron settlers stake claim on house in Palestinian neighbor(HAīARETZ NEWS) By Oz Rosenberg 03/30/12)
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A group of Jewish settlers move into a house in a Palestinian
neighborhood, barely 100 meters from Hebronís holiest site; group
claims to have documentation supporting the move.
Dozens of residents from the Jewish settlement in Hebron occupied a
three story house in a Palestinian neighborhood in the city overnight
Wednesday, about one hundred meters south of the Cave of the
The group, which entered the house around 1 A.M. on Thursday,
includes entire families, women and children. Representatives of the
group claim that the house was purchased nearly four months ago after
lengthy negotiations with its previous Palestinian owner. The group
states that it holds documents validating its claim on the building.
Following the groupís move into the house, a large contingent of
Israel Defense Forces soldiers, responsible for the security of the
Jewish settlement in Hebron, arrived on the scene. For now, they
decided to maintain the status quo and allow the group to stay.
Currently, entry to the building is permitted only to members of the
initial group, with no additional persons allowed to enter.
Shlomo Levinger, a well known member of the Jewish community in
Hebron, explained that the group received information indicating that
the Palestinian Authority caught wind of the deal. In order to
prevent the PA from taking action against the deal, the group
decided, with the advice of their lawyers, to enter the building and
establish their presence.Levinger said to Haaretz: We are following
in the footsteps of our father Abraham, who closed the first real
estate deal in history when he bought the Cave of the Patriarchs. It
is important to point out that we have documents validating the deal.
(© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 03/30/12)
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