Palestinians indicted for attacking Israelis


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel indicted three Palestinians from eastern Jerusalem for a shooting attack on the Jewish residents of an Arab neighborhood.

The three suspects allegedly shot at the residents of Beit Yonatan in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan as they rode through the area in a jeep protected by a government-appointed security guard, according to Haaretz. The guard was shot in the leg.

The men, including two brothers, were indicted Wednesday in Jerusalem District Court for the March 1 incident. They were among several people arrested earlier this month for attacks on Israeli civilians and military personnel in the West Bank. A gag order on the arrests was lifted Monday.

Also Wednesday, Jewish residents of eastern Jerusalem threatened to hire a private security firm to evict four Palestinian families living in a building that once was a Yemenite synagogue. The building is located in Silwan, near Beit Yonatan. The settlers set a deadline of July 4 for the 40 members of the four families to move off the property, which they say is Jewish-owned.

The seven-story Beit Yonatan has been ordered evacuated and sealed. 

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