Jerusalem Mayor Could Face Charges for Refusing to Evacuate Jewish Home

City councilman files police complaint against Nir Barkat for defiance of court order to evacuate 'Beit Yonatan'.

A Jerusalem city councilman submitted a police complaint against Mayor Nir Barkat on Wednesday for the latter's defiance of a court order mandating the evacuation of a home inhabited by Jews in the predominantly Arab part of the city.

The councilman, Meir Turgeman, is accusing the mayor of obstruction of justice, violation of a legal order, fraud, and breach of trust.

Turgeman accused Barkat of ignoring a year-long court order to evacuate "Beit Yonatan," a residential structure built by the Ateret Cohanim foundation for the purpose of housing Jews.

The home is situated in the heart of Silwan, an Arab village in East Jerusalem which the Palestinians claim is the capital of their future state.

Turgeman's complaint comes on the heels of demands made by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and State Prosecutor Moshe Lador for Barkat to comply with the court order.