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Palestinians block settler takeover of house in south Jerusalem

Aug. 18, 2008 9:46 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2008 9:46 A.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - A group of Palestinians successfully blocked Israeli settlers from occupying the home of Baha' Addin Darwish in the town of Beit Safafa, south of Jerusalem, on Sunday evening.

Last week, the settlers attempted to occupy the house with furniture and religious books, but Palestinian residents sent them away.

Hatim Abdul-Qadir, the Palestinian prime minister's advisor on Jerusalem affairs, visited the house and described the settlers' actions "burglary and vandalism." He warned Israeli police against allowing settlers to invade the house again.

The house is near the settlement of Gilo, and within Israeli-occupied and annexed East Jerusalem. The residents of Beit Safafa possess the Israeli-issued Jerusalem ID for Palestinians.

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