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Government Reverses Itself, Will Return ‘no Man’s Land’ Houses to Arab Owners

The Ministers of Justice and Agriculture have jointly decided to return houses in what had been “no man’s land” between former Jordanian and Israeli Jerusalem here to their Arab owners if they live in East Jerusalem. A previous official decision had ordered these houses to be taken over by the custodian of abandoned property, and some of them have already been assigned to new Jewish tenants. These tenants will be compensated if they sold their former homes or made other arrangements on the strength of promises made to them.