Arab family evicted in Jerusalem, Jewish activists move in

An Arab family was evicted from their home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina on Wednesday morning, and ten Jewish activists with the right-wing Israel Land Fund moved into the house, prompting left-wing activists to dub the issue "the new Sheikh Jarrah." The eviction is first step toward creating a new Jewish complex of 50 apartments in the predominantly Arab neighborhood.
According to Israel Land Fund director Aryeh King, a Jewish buyer 35 years ago purchased two buildings, each with two apartments. The properties also belonged to Jewish residents prior to 1948, he said.
An eight-year court battle with the current residents recently concluded with the court’s decision to award ownership of the house to the Jewish buyer.
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