Jews, Palestinians scuffle over E. Jerusalem home

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Jewish Israelis moved into the home of a Palestinian family in eastern Jerusalem after a court ruled that it was Jewish-owned.

After a Jerusalem district court on Tuesday denied the Palestinian residents appeal to remain in the home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, the Jews arrived at the home with security guards and attempted to vacate the family, according to reports. 

The Jews and Palestinian residents, as well as human rights activists, scuffled, leading to the arrests of some area residents. 

The Palestinian family remains in the center of the home and the Jewish settlers are holed up in an addition.

The house is one of 28 buildings in the neighborhood under dispute that Israeli courts have ruled belonged to Jews before the establishment of the state. The courts ruled that the Palestinians could remain in the homes as long as they paid rent to the Jewish owners, represented by a Sephardic committee. The Palestinians do not pay rent and are contesting the ownership of the homes in court.
 

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