Arab Squatter Leaves, Police Block Jews’ Entry (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/02/12)
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A Jewish home-owner finally took possession of his property in
Jerusalem on Thursday after a 35-year wait. The process was almost
made longer by Jerusalem police, who attempted to block access to the
home even after Arab squatters had agreed to leave.
The story began with the home’s purchase by a Jewish buyer 35 years
ago. The buyer found that two Arabs had taken up residence in the
property, which is located in the biblical Givat Shaul, adjacent to
what is now the Beit Hanina neighborhood. He remained unable to evict
them for decades.
Eight years ago Jerusalem activist Aryeh King got involved, and
brought the matter to court. After a lengthy legal battle, judges
ruled that the squatters must leave by late 2011. However, when the
time came, the planned eviction was postponed in order to avoid a
disturbance during a meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and United States President Barack Obama.
In 2012, after police failed to set a new date for the eviction, King
gathered volunteers and made his way to the site to evict the
residents himself. Volunteers were armed with cameras, and planned to
film the event to prove that no violence had been used.
Before they could reach the building they were blocked by police.
King decided to contact the Arab squatter’s lawyer, and was surprised
to learn that the squatters had promised not to make trouble, and had
even contacted police and told them they would leave peacefully. In
fact, one of the squatters had already left. However, “The police
didn’t believe it, and didn’t let us go in,” he said.
The squatter was paid to leave, King implied, telling Arutz
Sheva, “We’re not embarrassed to admit that we offer financial
compensation, and are willing to part with large sums of money even
when they don’t deserve anything. It helps keep the area quiet.”
On Thursday morning Jewish activists finally took control of the
home. They hope to do the same in the case of a second Jewish-owned
property nearby, and ultimately to create a Jewish neighborhood that
will be home to dozens of families. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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