9 Jewish families move into Jerusalem’s Arab Silwan neighborhood

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October 20, 2014 10:54

 
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In a move certain to court international condemnation, nine Jewish families on Sunday night relocated into the Arab neighborhood of Silwan, south of Jerusalem’s Old City, nearly doubling the total number of Jews living in the contested area.

Shortly after news of the controversial move was announced, President Reuven Rivlin criticized the development as surreptitious and potentially unsanctioned.

“It is our right to insist on building around Jerusalem, but it is our obligation to make sure that the decision is made by the authorities,” he said. “Our capital city cannot be built ​​by stealth apartments in the dead of night.”

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