mercredi 26 juillet 2017

Israeli settlers attempt to take control of Palestinian house in Hebron

Les colons sionistes tentent de prendre le contrôle d'une maison palestinienne à Al-Khalil

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers raided a Palestinian house near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron city of the southern occupied West Bank on Tuesday evening in an attempt to take control of the building, residents told Ma’an.

Residents of the Abu Rajab house have been embroiled in a legal battle with Israeli settlers for years, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his intention to encourage the establishment of a new illegal Israeli settlement there to be named “Beit Hamachpela.”

However, Israeli authorities have not granted permission to establish the settlement on the grounds that the settlers have failed to prove their alleged purchase of the Palestinian house, as the Palestinians have accused the settlers of forging the documents.

Hazem Abu Rajab al-Tamimi, a resident of the house, said that more than 50 settlers raided the house and that Israeli soldiers were assisting the settlers during the raid.

Al-Tamimi told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers and border guards have been deployed in front of the house for the past 48 hours before eventually allowing settlers to raid it on Tuesday.

In response to a request for comment, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that tens of Israelis entered “a restricted building” adjacent to the mosque, but denied that soldiers were present during the settler raid.

She said Israeli forces arrived to the scene after the fact and were currently present in the area, at around 9:30 p.m.

“At the moment there is no decision to remove them,” the spokesperson said, and noted that the situation was developing.

Israeli settlers have claimed that they bought the house from its owners, however, the Palestinian owners sued the Israeli settlers in court and accused them of forging documents in an attempt to ... 

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