Jews, Arabs clash in eastern Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jews and Arabs clashed over a house in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

The confrontation occurred Tuesday in Sheik Jarrah, north of the Old City, when Jews attempted to move into a home in the Arab area following a court order allowing them to take over the property. The Supreme Court said the property was "owned by Jews." 

Police and private security officers escorted the new Jewish residents to the home.

Palestinians attacked the new residents, according to reports. A Jewish man was evacuated to a hospital after being hit over the head with a pipe.

Two Jews, two foreign, left-wing activists and an Arab resident were arrested during the violence. 

“Provocative actions such as these create inevitable tensions, undermine trust, often have tragic human consequences and make resuming negotiations and achieving a two-state solution more difficult,” said a statement issued Tuesday by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

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