Eviction threat to Silwan family

Right-wing activists plan to evict Arab family from former synagogue.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 23, 2010 17:39
1 minute read.
Silwan neighborhood planned for demolition

Silwan 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Settlers are threatening to forcibly evict an Arab family living in an ancient synagogue in Silwan in the next couple of weeks.

National Union MK Uri Ariel submitted a question to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Wednesday, regarding "police foot-dragging in Silwan."  In the question, Ariel contrasted efforts to evict Jewish settlers in Beit Yehonatan in Silwan with the failure to act over the Arab house. He said that there is a court order to remove the Arab family from the synagogue.  The Jewish occupants of Beit Yehonatan have not been evicted depite a court order to do so.

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Aharonowitz told him that the police helps with eviction orders according to its own set of priorities and where the issue demands sensitivity, the police may wait before taking action.

In response Ariel said that if no action is taken in the next two weeks, "we will independently evict the occupants on the 4th of July and return the property to its rightful owners."


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