Husseini family denies selling or giving Shepherd hotel to any party

[ 12/01/2011 – 08:47 AM ]


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Husseini family categorically denied that it made any deal to cede Shepherd hotel in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, affirming that the building was seized illegally and for political reasons by the Custodian of Absentee Property, Israeli official circles, and the Zionist millionaire Irving Moskowitz.

A spokesman for the family, the rightful owner of the hotel, told a news conference in Jerusalem that the family would continue to defend its ownership of the building and the land surrounding it by legal means, affirming that the Israeli government sold the hotel to Moskowitz.

Jerusalemite sources warned that Moskowitz wants to create a crack in the heart of Jerusalem city in order to separate what Jews call the holy basin from other parts of the city.

According to a report issued by Jerusalem center for social and economic rights, the land on which Shepherd hotel was built and the settlement outposts that were created by Israel inside Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is the beginning of the final settlement belt which Israel established in the eastern and northern parts of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The center warned in a statement on Saturday that Israel’s settlement schemes are aimed at changing the features of the holy city, tearing apart the Palestinian presence there, isolating the Arab neighborhoods adjacent to the Old City from its surrounding and turning them into Jewish areas.

For its part, the popular front for the liberation of Palestine (PFLP) called for urgent international and Arab action to confront the settlement encroachment into the neighborhood and historical landmarks of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The PFLP on Monday stated that all international condemnations of Israel’s settlement activities are useless unless they were associated with concrete measures to punish the Israeli government.

Husseini family denies selling or giving Shepherd hotel to any party.

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