Hebronites threaten to sue Peace Now

Demand that group take back claim that settlers broke into Palestinian home.

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March 21, 2007 22:53
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The leaders of the Hebron Jewish community sent a letter on Wednesday night to left-wing activist group Peace Now, demanding that they take back their claims that a group of settlers broke into a house in one of the city's Palestinian neighborhoods. According to a report on Army Radio, members of the community demanded that Peace Now apologize for the accusations, and declared that if the organization did not retract its statements, they would sue for slander. A large group of Hebron yeshiva students moved into the house on Monday evening, saying they had bought the house from its Palestinian owner, and produced documents to prove it. The former owner, however, claimed he had never sold the house, and informed Peace Now and fellow left-wing organization B'tselem of the incident. Both groups have since blasted the Hebron settlers for occupying the house, saying that even if it was purchased legally, the settlement itself was illegal and should be evacuated. Police were still investigating the incident.

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