According to the President of the United States there are places in the world where anybody should be able to buy a home….except for the Jews. Last month his administration criticized Israel for allowing Jews to purchase homes (with real money) in East Jerusalem. Today Israel repeated the horrible mistake of allowing anybody in the country the freedom to buy a home wherever they want (even the Jews).
Ateret Cohanim, an organization that settles Jews in Arab areas of East Jerusalem, said it facilitated the purchase of two buildings from their Arab owners in the neighborhood of Silwan. Spokesman for the group Daniel Lurie said the buildings contain nine apartment units and that Jewish families and religious studies students would soon move into the properties. They moved in Sunday evening bringing the total number of Jewish families in the area to 17.
The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that the buildings were
sold by their Palestinian owners to another Palestinian man, who then
sold the buildings to the Jewish group. The buildings have stood empty
for the last four months, according to Maan.
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Ynet reported that the houses were purchased for the Yemeni Community Committee. The area in Silwan where the buildings are located was founded by Yemenites in the 1880s, who left the area in 1938 due to Arab violence.
In 2010 Elder of Zion related the history of the Yemenite Jews of Silwan :
In 1882, Jews emigrated from Yemen to Jerusalem. As they
failed to find room in the city within the walls, they resided in caves
on the Mount of Olives slopes. The city’s Jewish dignitaries rushed to
help the Yemenite families, and Yisrael Dov Frumkin, owner of the
Havatzelet newspaper, established the “Ezrat Nidachim” association which
raised funds for the families.
South of the
village of Silwan were non-constructed areas owned by Boaz the
Babylonian, who donated them in order to build houses for the Yemenite
Jews (marked with yellow arrows). The houses were named Kfar Hashiloach.
Additional Jewish families gathered in the area, which housed up to 200
In the 1921, Arabs attacked
the neighborhood’s residents, killed some of them and torched houses.
They “completed” their work in the 1929 riots. The British Mandate
authorities, which did not want any conflicts, ordered the residents of
Kfar Hashiloach to evacuate themselves from the area.
Last month when Jews purchased homes in the same neighborhood of Silwan , it drew sharp condemnation from the U.S. so expect the administration to deliver another rebuke to Israel for allowing its citizens to purchase homes in private deals wherever they wish.
President Obama has not mentioned any other places around the world where he believes anyone in the world can purchase homes—except for the Jews.