Israel razes east Jerusalem home, settlers occupy another
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 23:48
Jerusalem: Jewish settlers moved into a house in the Al-Tur district of occupied east Jerusalem Wednesday, just hours after Israeli officials razed another Palestinian home in the same neighbourhood.

Scores of police were at the scene as a single bulldozer razed the small house near the Mount of Olives, in an operation that was completed shortly before the owner turned up with a court order to halt the demolition.

Abed Zablah showed a Jerusalem court order issued early today but, by the time he reached home with the document, it was too late.

Shortly afterwards, some 15 Jewish settlers, accompanied by dozens of police, took over a house in another part of the district, an Israeli peace activist said.

"Around 15 people entered the house which is next door to another house which has been taken over by settlers," said Assaf Sharon, who belongs to an Israeli-Palestinian group which tries to stop settlers from taking over Arab homes in east Jerusalem.

Sharon said the building, which had stayed empty for two years due to a court order, had been purchased by Lowell Investments. A foreign firm, it is believed to be a front for the right-wing Elad movement that seeks to settle Jews in mainly Arab east Jerusalem.


First Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 23:48

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