Squatters Cleared from Jewish Homes in Jerusalem (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/18/12)
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Two buildings in eastern Jerusalem that were purchased by Jews have
been cleared of Arab squatters. The squatters had taken over and
refused to leave despite a court order.
The buildings are now free to become a vital part of a new Jewish
neighborhood to be known as Nof Shmuel, said Jerusalem activist Aryeh
King. He expressed hope that apartments in the area will be made
available to “idealistic couples” within the year, and said they will
cost under one million shekels – a more than reasonable price for
homes in Jerusalem.
Jews own the buildings according to all legal opinions, he
added. “The land was purchased from Arabs by legal means,” King
said, “and was registered under the name of the Jewish owners.”
A court had ruled that the Arab family living in the buildings had no
right to the property, he continued. Despite the verdict, the Jewish
owners offered the Arabs hundreds of thousands of shekels to
leave, “going beyond the letter of the law,” King said. The Arabs
refused the offer.
Similar evictions are expected to be carried out soon in the area, as
well as in Nachalat Shimon, King said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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