Israeli Family Confiscates Palestinian House
2 Apr 09 | PTV
Israeli settlers have broken in and seized a house in the Palestinian quarter of (Jerusalem) al-Quds, changing the locks to keep the owners out.
“The settlers broke down the door and changed the locks. We called the (Israeli) police, but instead of removing them, the police are protecting them,” the homeowner’s father, Ali, told AFP on Thursday.
The residence is the property of Nasser Jaber and had been vacant for some time.
Ali Jaber believes the squatters belong to the far-right Ateret Cohanim organization which is tasked with settling as many Jews as possible in the Muslim quarter of al-Quds.
Ateret Cohanim had previously attempted to take over the same house by presenting a bill of sale which an Israeli court later nullified.
Some 1,000 Israeli settlers live in houses that Aterit Cohanim says it has bought in East al-Quds.
At least 250,000 Israeli settlers currently live illegally in al-Quds, and settler-only roads are being built to link settlements and isolate the Palestinians in Jerusalem (al-Quds) from villages and towns in the West Bank.
Israel captured the mostly Arab East al-Quds in 1967 and later annexed the part in a move not recognized by the international community.
Tel Aviv continues to erect new homes in the occupied Palestinian territory despite strong opposition from the international community.