Jewish Settlers Plan Takeover of Palestinian Houses, says Peace Bloc

JERUSALEM, March 20, 2012– Jewish settlers are planning to take over more Palestinian homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Sheikh Jarrah, the Israeli peace bloc, Gush Shalom, said Tuesday.

It said the settlers’ plans were explicitly proclaimed by their leader Aryeh King in an interview with Hagai Segal – a past militant of the ‘Jewish Underground’ which intended to blow up al-Aqsa Mosque, and at present a columnist in the extreme-right paper Makor Rishon.

According to King, the settlers intend to take over ‘very soon’ four houses at Beit Hanina, and further take over two additional houses in Sheikh Jarrah ‘at the appropriate operational timing.”

In letters sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Public Security Aharonovitch Gush Shalom stated: ‘The settlers, by themselves, do not have the force needed to invade Palestinian homes in the night, throw the residents into the street, establish themselves in the house and turn it into an armed enclave, surrounded by barbed wire.”

It said, “The settlers can only carry out such an abomination if the Israeli police, with the approval of the political echelon, does the dirty work for them – sending hundreds of police officers to physically carry out the expulsions and afterwards stand guard day and night over the settlers in the seized houses.”

The letters said that “whoever gives the authorization shall be responsible for the consequences, which might be severe. The situation in the Occupied Territories is volatile, and any spark can cause a conflagration.”

M.S.





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