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Court: Settlers to share Palestinian home in Jerusalem

March 10, 2011 10:53 A.M. (Updated: March 11, 2011 3:35 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli court issued a decision last week allowing Israeli settlers to take part of a Palestinian family home in the Ras Al-Amoud neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

The court decision came after an 11-year battle between the Hamdella family and American-Israeli billionaire Irving Moskowitz, who purchased the property in 1990 from a Jewish group claiming to own the land.

The Hamdella's have lived in the home since 1952. An earlier decision from the court ordered that they evacuate buildings on the property built in 1989, including a shed and a storehouse. The order included a room in the front of the house, which the family said had not been built at the same time.

On Monday, settlers will move into the evacuated rooms and buildings, member of the Fatah revolutionary council Dimitry Delyani said.

He explained that the court decision gave Moskowitz rights to part of the home, adding "the courts would never treat a West Jerusalem family in this way."

"The home will be turned into an outpost, the settlers will bring in armed guards in order to make life for the Hamdellas unbearable," he said.

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