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Articles re: Settlement Provocations in East Jerusalem

Abu Tor Apartment - 186x140.jpgSettlers have moved into two Lowell-owned (a shell company set up on behalf of right-wing groups such as Elad) apartments in East Jerusalem this week, in what appears to be coincidence, though incident a day before led to clashes between Israelis and Palestinians.

See excerpts from and links to:

Ha'aretz: "Israeli settlers win ownership of East Jerusalem home after lengthy battle"
YNET: "Jews move into another east Jerusalem home"
AFP: "Israeli settlers expand presence in east Jerusalem"

(Pictured: 2nd floor settler apartment, above and below Palestinian, in the heart of Arab East Jerusalem's Jabel Mukaber)


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Ha'aretz: "Israeli settlers win ownership of East Jerusalem home after lengthy battle"

Settlers have moved into two Lowell-owned apartments in East Jerusalem this week, in what appears to be coincidence, though incident a day before led to clashes between Israelis and Palestinians.

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A group of Israeli settlers entered another apartment in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, this time located in the A-Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives.

Like the apartment that settlers entered Tuesday in Jabal Mukkaber, this one, too, was purchased by Lowell Investment, a shell company set up to buy Palestinian assets on behalf of right-wing groups such as Elad, whose mission is to settle Jews in East Jerusalem.

......Peace Now denounced Wednesday's entry and warned that without "energetic action" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "extremist settlers will continue to determine facts on the ground and get the entire country entangled in East Jerusalem."

read the entire article at http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-settlers-win-ownership-of-east-jerusalem-home-after-lengthy-battle-1.326617

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11/23/10

YNET: "Jews move into another east Jerusalem home"

Jewish residents take possession of home in Jabel Mukaber neighborhood after Arabs evicted. Peace Now says police cooperating with 'most delusional settlers,' city councilor slams leftist group's 'racist campaign' against Jews

by Ronen Medzini

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Eyewitnesses at the site said police forces arrived at the Jabel Mukaber home at 8 am in order to secure the new Jewish residents and evict the Palestinian family that previously resided in the home.

As is the case with Jewish enclaves in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the latest enclave is also associated with the Elad group.

Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer said that "the takeover at the Jabel Mukaber home today by rightist elements is an attempt by settlers to establish a new, radical settlement in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood."

"The Israel police and the government cooperate with the most delusional settlers," he said. "Police in the city are motivated by political considerations under the guise of priorities."

read the entire article at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3988994,00.html

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AFP: "Israeli settlers expand presence in east Jerusalem"

by Hazel Ward Hazel Ward

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Jewish settlers moved into a house in the Al-Tur district of occupied east Jerusalem on Wednesday, just hours after Israeli officials razed another Palestinian home in the same neighbourhood.

Peace Now said it was the second property the settlers had taken over in Al-Tur and described the move as a bid to expand their presence in the neighbourhood with borders on the Mount of Olives.

"Today's developments point to an expansion of this settlement," said Peace Now, noting the settlers had also taken over an apartment on the second floor of a three-story building that they claimed to have bought legally in 2006.

read the entire article at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101124/wl_mideast_afp/israelpalestiniansconflictjerusalem