Supreme Court Allows Settlers to Stay in Arab Neighborhood
JERUSALEM (AP) _ The Supreme Court ruled today that Jewish settlers can remain temporarily in a home they seized in Arab east Jerusalem this month.
A Justice Ministry spokeswoman, Etti Eshed, said a temporary injunction bars police from evicting the settlers from the house they occupied Oct. 9. The settlers sought the injunction.
The home was among six they moved into in the neighborhood of Silwan in Arab east Jerusalem. They later left all but one in a deal with Israeli authorities. They now are pursuing ownership claims to all the houses in court.
A final ruling is not expected for at least another month, said the settlers’ lawyer, Dan Avi-Isaac.
The status of east Jerusalem could become a major issue in the Middle East peace talks. Israel annexed east Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East war, but most Western nations refuse to recognize the annexation. Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of their homeland.
About 140,000 Arabs live in east Jerusalem. The city’s 360,000 Jewish residents live in the west and in suburbs built to encircle the Arab areas.