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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

8 arrested for trying to keep Pisgat Zev Jewish

Eight people were arrested on Monday night for attending a meeting that discussed how to keep Arabs from buying up property in Pisgat Zev, a Jewish neighborhood on the eastern end of Jerusalem.
The Honenu legal rights organization reported Tuesday that Yassam special police forces arrested eight Jerusalem youths for no reason Monday evening, following a gathering at the Chabad synagogue in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood regarding maintaining the neighborhood's Jewish nature.

About 60 activists from Pisgat Ze'ev and the rest of the country attended the meeting, including Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the Samarian community of Yitzhar. When the rabbi left, his car was followed, stopped and searched. The identity cards of the occupants were held for a while before they were freed. The rabbi of the synagogue was also detained, according to the Honenu website.
I've reported on 'Palestinians' buying in Pisgat Zev (and in French Hill - another Jerusalem neighborhood) going back almost to the very beginnings of this blog. The picture at the top is a "For Sale or Rent" sign on a Pisgat Zev apartment three years ago. It says that it is only for Arabs.

For the last several weeks, there have been posters all over Jerusalem urging people to act on behalf of a certain individual who has been barred from entering Pisgat Zev. As I understand it, he was banned (by the police) because he was getting rough with the Arabs on a regular basis.


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