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Isreali authorities advance planned settler expansion in heart of Hebron

Israeli occupation authorities have advanced plans to expand the Jewish settler presence in the heart of Hebron, reported The Jerusalem Post.

According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered defence officials to allow settlers to register half of a three-storey building opposite Ibrahimi Mosque “in the name of the development company that claims to have purchased it from its Palestinian owners”.

The other half of the structure, known by settlers as ‘Beit HaMachpela’, “remains in the hands of the primary Palestinians owners, the Abu Rajab family”, the paper added.

In 2012, 2013, and 2018, settlers attempted to move into the building, prompting a Supreme Court ruling that the settlers “must wait to move into the structure until the property is registered in their name in the Land Registry”.

 

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