Settlers move to evict e. J’lem Arabs

Rightists demand two more families leave disputed Sheikh Jarrah property.

April 8, 2010 03:09
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A settler group has asked a court to evict two additional Palestinian families from land it claims ownership to in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, according to media reports Wednesday.

In a petition filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court Tuesday, the Nahalat Shimon organization claimed the Palestinians were illegal tenants and demanded that they “immediately clear the property of all individuals and belongings.”

Over the past six months Sheikh Jarrah has become a point of contention between Jewish settlers, who want to build houses for Jews in the predominantly Arab neighborhood, and Palestinians and their supporters.

Hatim Abdulqader, a Fatah official charged with the Jerusalem portfolio, was quoted by the Arab News Web site as saying that the families would refuse to leave the property.

"New occupiers from abroad are accommodating themselves and their belongings in the Palestinian houses and the evicted Palestinians will have nowhere to sleep,” he said.

Nahalat Shimon claims ownership to property in Sheikh Jarrah on behalf of the Sephardic Community Committee, which purchased land in the area in the early 20th century.

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