Former Attorney General Discovers Settler Group Took Over His Family’s Sheikh Jarrah Home

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Ben-Yair with his sister Naama Bartal in Sheikh Jarrah in 2019. Ben-Yair is pointing as Bartal looks with her hand shielding her eyes from the sun.
Ben-Yair with his sister Naama Bartal in Sheikh Jarrah in 2019. Credit: Hagit Ofran / Peace Now
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

A nonprofit settler group took over a building in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood that belongs to the family of Michael Ben-Yair, a former attorney general and retired District Court judge. The group controlled the building for years, collecting rent totaling hundreds of thousands of shekels from Palestinian residents, without the knowledge of the legal heirs of the building’s original owner.

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