East J'lem - Fitoussi - Oct 29, 2010
East Jerusalem. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi
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Israel Police forces on Tuesday evacuated a Palestinian family from their home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, after right-wing activists claimed to have purchased the building.

The non-profit group Elad, which intervened on behalf of the settlers, said that the family had agreed to evacuate after selling their home.

The 16 residents of the home say that the sale was illicit as the name of the landlord written on the deal is no longer alive. They also claim that the landlord left the house to the family in his will.

Large police forces were on hand to monitor the situation, but no violence was reported.

The house in question was purchased by the Wohl Investments group. Left-wing activists have accused the group as serving as a front company for Elad in the acquisition of Palestinian property in East Jerusalem.

The Elad association has been operating in East Jerusalem for about 20 years. It has acquired and received many properties belonging to Palestinians in Kfar Silwan, adjacent to the Old City, and manages the national park in the City of David on behalf of the state.

In recent years, the association has invested many millions to finance the archaeological excavations undertaken by the Antiquities Authority in Silwan. Palestinians in Silwan contend that Elad has "taken over" substantial sections of the village.