Jewish families move into eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood

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Rioting erupted this week as several Jewish families moved into apartments in the eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan.

The Jews moved in on Sept. 29 amid protests by Arab rioters who threw rocks and fireworks and attempted to enter one of the homes, according to reports. One policeman was injured in the attacks.

Kandel Finance, an American company, purchased 25 apartments in six buildings — the Jewish families are occupying 11 of the apartments — Walla!News reported. The Elad organization, which is working to solidify a Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem, assisted in the arrangements.

Some Silwan residents have questioned the legality of the purchase, saying the buildings belong to three established Arab families, the Times of Israel reported.

The apartments were vacant when the Jewish families moved into them, a local Arab activist told Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.

About 50 families live in Silwan, known to Jews as Shiloach, next to the City of David and across from the Western Wall. — jta