Former Grand Mufti´s Family Loses Housing Battle (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/02/12)
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Israel´s Supreme Court ruled Monday that the prominent Husseini
family could not claim ownership of a landmark and now derelict
building in eastern Jerusalem.
The Shepherd Hotel was built in the 1930s and served as the home of
notoriously anti-Semitic and Nazi supporter, the Jerusalem grand
mufti Haj Amin Husseini.
It was declared "absentee property" by Israel after eastern Jerusalem
was liberated from Jordanian occupation by Israel in 1967.
The title was then transferred to an Israeli firm, which sold it in
1985 to Irving Moskowitz, a Florida businessman and patron of Jewish
land-rights in Israel.
In 2009, Israel´s Jerusalem city hall approved a project to replace
the building with a block of 20 apartments. Monday´s ruling paves the
way for the project to proceed.
The Supreme Court said too much time had passed since Israeli
authorities had transferred the property to private developers for a
legal challenge to be brought.
Mona Husseini, heir to the property and Husseini´s granddaughter,
criticized the ruling saying "This property, which is legitimately
ours, represents the Palestinians´ rights to their land and to
Jerusalem." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/02/12)
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