Israel evicts Arab family from Jerusalem home Jews claimed

Source: Associated Press

By ARON HELLER

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family from their home in east Jerusalem on Tuesday to make way for new Jewish tenants who claimed ownership.

Municipality officials backed by police enforced a court order to remove the six-member Shamasneh family from a home claimed by heirs of a Jewish family forced to abandon it in 1948, when it came under Jordanian control following an Arab-Israeli war.

Israel took control of the area after the 1967 war and continued existing rental arrangements with Arab tenants. But a law allowing Jews to reclaim former homes or repurchase them has set up such conflicts.

Police were seen escorting the Shamasnehs out of the home, with the elderly Ayoub Shamasneh carried out by his relatives.

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