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East Jerusalem home split

2012-09-02 17:46

Jerusalem - Israeli settlers began moving into part of a home in east Jerusalem on Sunday, as police officers enforced a court order requiring the Palestinian family living there to vacate part of it.

The process is the culmination of a years-long battle over the home in the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood, which pitted a Palestinian family against Irving Moskowitz, a millionaire backer of Israeli settlement in the east of the city.

Moskowitz argued that he legally bought the property from Jewish organisations that owned the land before the establishment of Israel in 1948.

But the Palestinian family living in the building, the Hamdallahs, have been there since 1952, and argued that they maintained their rights to the home and surrounding land.

In 2005, an Israeli court ruled that the family could stay in parts of the house constructed before 1989, but handed one room in the building and the land surrounding it to Moskowitz.

Khaled Hamdallah, a member of the family, told AFP that a court had upheld that decision last week.

"There was a court decision last week that said we had to move out of the room and that they could take it over. The police are here and are letting them take it," he said.

An AFP photographer on the scene saw several Israelis accompanied by police take possession of the room, installing corrugated metal over the windows of the room, effectively a semi-detached flat with garden around it.

"There are 12 of us who'll have to live in what's left of the house. They do what they want," Hamdallah said.

The house is surrounded by the Israeli settlement neighbourhood of Maaleh HaZeitim, where Israeli press reports say 100 apartments have already been constructed.

Israel regards all of Jerusalem, including the eastern part it captured in 1967, as its "eternal and indivisible" capital. It regards construction in any part of the city as legitimate and rejects its description as settlement activity.

But the Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state. The international community has never recognised Israel's annexation of the eastern sector and considers Israeli building there as settlement construction.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-02 19:07

    They will not stop until all Palestinians are either dead or existing as refugees in neighbouring countries, that is the Zionist credo, that is what their law demand, Eretz Israel. And a Palestinian that resists this lebensraum is called a terrorist?

  • scholesss - 2012-09-02 20:11

    is there no other City...that the Palestinians.... can make it as their capital apart from jerusalem

      captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-09-03 09:26

      Is there no other citythat the Jews can *wanna* make the capital apart from Jerusalem?

      Larry - 2012-09-03 15:00

      No, Jerusalem has always been the capital city of Israel and is now the prevailing fact on the ground. As much as Muslims love Mecca, so do Jews love Jerusalem. It will never be relinquished again. None can take it from us and it is not recommended that any try.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-02 20:41

    Oh dear, just another example of two intolerant selfish religions. The Pagan rests his case. Sela.

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-09-02 20:43

    If they can share (jews and arabs) and live in one house, why can't they live in one country?

  • neil.fromearth - 2012-09-02 21:33

    There are less than 15 million jews in the whole world. There are over 2 billion muslims in the world There are less than 6 million jews in Israel There are about 350 million arabs in the world Let the jews have their small piece of land to live in and let them be.This includes Jerusalem. They have no where else to go and need a county to call their own. And let's be honest here, every time someone has gone to war with them, they have come of second best.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-02 23:14

      You have deliberately overlooked or failed to mention that the majority of Palestinians have explicitly stated time & time again that they do not want to become citizens of other countries. And most of all, that they want to be citizens of their own country called Palestine. Just like Jews express their desire to be citizens of a country called Israel. How hard is that to comprehend? Or how about all the Africans in SA moved to neighbouring countries and SA become a homeland of "whites" so that they can also get their own country. I mean there's over a billion Africans in Africa with a lot of countries and only less than 5 million "whites". I'm not sure what would happen to Cape Malays and Indians, or should they also be returned to Malaysia and India?

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-03 06:30

      How hard is it to comprehend, Fidel, that up until 1967, there were no homogenous group of people called 'Palestinians'. They were and still are Arab Egyptians in Gaza and Arab Jordanians in the West Bank. How hard is it to comprehend that they rejected the offer of a State back in 1948 and instead went to war against the existence of Israel, which continues to this day. How hard is it to comprehend that it is the so-called Palestinians who must accept Israel and peace before they will get an ounce of the same from Israel.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-03 07:35

      Why should they have accepted a state that they were never consulted on? It matters not if there were a people called Palestinians or not in 1948, what matters is that they lived on those lands, having done so for generations. What they called themselves then is irrelevant. There are a lot of recently created nation states which didn't exist in the 1800s.

      Larry - 2012-09-03 15:05

      What they did not accept was a shared division of the British Mandate of Palestine. They wanted it all, or to be more precise, they did not want a Jewish nation in the middle of Islam, which caused a set-back in the Islamic Imperialism and Koranic injunction to conquer the infidel and expand Islam to encompass the world. I competition terms, they were forced to score an own goal, and in Islam, this humiliation is unforgivable and hate inducing. Shame. Too bad. Jews will also have their little place in the sun.

      djmain1 - 2012-09-03 16:16

      BS - they own half the planet! They can go anywher ethey like.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-03 17:36

      And Fidel, what would have been the outcome of a consultation process? And why should the Arabs have been consulted. There was no sovereign state to begin with. Jews and Arabs lived here and there in the territory from the sea to the Jordan River. The Jews wanted a homeland state and to govern themselves, and the Arabs would not have allowed it, as was proven the day of Israel's independence. The territory was split fairly, and even Jerusalem was divided. The Jews said thankyou and celebrated, while the Arabs went to war. Consultation, is a poor argument.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-03 17:54

      The problem is that Zionist leaders were consulted. It was the British foreign secretary, AJ Balfour, who informed the English Zionist Federation in November 1917 that "His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object".

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-03 19:23

      The problem is that you are being disingenius and running out of argument. The Arab population and neighboring countries were very much consulted and the whole issue was protracted due to this consultation. The British were at the point of appeasing the Arabs and therefore the Jews became militant in their quest for statehood, culminating in the bombing of the King David Hotel and the Stern and Irgun gangs. History is never complete without the full facts, Fidel.

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