'Hebron homeowner just fears revenge'

Settlers: Building bought legally; Palestinians: Israeli story prefabricated.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 20, 2007 10:46
1 minute read.
jpost services and tools

jp.services2. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

One of the students who moved into a hotly contested home in Hebron on Monday evening dismissed claims by the Palestinian former owner that the house had not been sold, saying that the homeowner was telling the story "out of his fear of revenge from other Palestinians." Oren Zach told Army Radio in an interview that the sale had been carried out officially and legally, and that police were still investigating the ownership of the house due to the web of bureaucracy that complicates property issues in the West Bank area.

  • Students spend night in Hebron home Zach expressed reassurance that the situation would not turn violent. "We came to the building to build the land of Israel. This is a happy day for us, since we've merited to redeem another place in the city of the patriarchs." The son of the former owner, however, had a different story to tell. Se'il Rajabi told Army Radio that the house had belonged to his family for 15 years, and that they had never sold it to anyone. "Our grandfather bought the house many years ago. We have all the documents that will testify to that, and it's all legal," he said. "The settlers always come and cause us trouble." A representative of the Palestinian Land and Housing Committee in Hebron called the settlers' claim that they had bought the property ridiculous. He said the story had been "prepared in advance in order to justify the takeover for public opinion and the Israeli and world media." He added that the claim was "meant to create confusion in the Palestinian community, and the settlers must be removed from the house." Left-wing organizations B'tselem and Peace Now have slammed the settlers for taking over the house, which is located in a Palestinian neighborhood between Kiryat Arba and the Machpela cave, claiming that even if the sale was legal, the settlements should be evacuated in any case, rather than expanded.

    Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

  • Related Content

    Jisr az-Zarq
    April 3, 2014
    Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

    By SHARON UDASIN