Palestinians, leftists barricade themselves inside Hebron house (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Published: 04.01.12, 22:59)
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Group protests entrance of settlers into Machpelah House, two
detained by police forces. Likud ministers to decide fate of disputed
house on Monday
Security forces on Sunday evening detained two out of some 30
protesters who barricaded themselves inside an abandoned house near
the Shavei Hebron yeshiva in Hebron.
The group, which included some 30 Palestinians and left wing
activists, marched toward the Romano house, where the yeshiva is
located, in protest of several dozen settlers who barricaded
themselves in a Hebron house last week, claiming they purchased it
from its Palestinian owner.
The settlers claim that they have all the legal documents attesting
to the purchase of what has been dubbed the "Machpelah House."
Police and IDF forces encircled the barricaded house and declared it
a restricted military zone. Shortly after, the protesters dispersed
and police forces detained two activists.
"We broke into the house to expose the double standard of the Israeli
legal system," said Issa Amar, one of the Palestinian activists who
"On Thursday settlers took over a house in Hebron, but no one cleared
them out. We weren’t armed – we entered the house legally," Amar
noted, adding that the house used to be an IDF post, but is now
Earlier on Sunday, the residents of the Machpelah House presented the
Civil Administration with the deed of the house, which has to be
approved by Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Likud ministers are scheduled to convene Monday in order to discuss
"We are happy that they didn´t leave the decision up to Barak, who is
the one who forcefully evicted the house of peace. We hope that the
deal will be approved tomorrow and we can celebrate Passover with the
rest of Israel," said the residents of the Machpelah house. Elior
Levy contributed to this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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