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Jewish settlers get OK to move into controversial Hebron home

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish settlers can move into the so-called Peace House in Hebron, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

Yaalon on Sunday gave his approval for Jewish families to move into the four-story building, which has been at the center of controversy for at least seven years.

Israel’s Supreme Court last month reaffirmed the legality of the 2007 purchase of the home by Jews.  The former Palestinian owners had claimed there had not been a legal sale of the home.

Several Jewish families who moved into the home after its purchase were removed from the property in 2008 by hundreds of Israeli police and soldiers. Yaalon’s approval was the last hurdle allowing Jews to move back.

Three families intend to spend Passover in the building.

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