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Settlers: Jews can buy a home in Iran, but not Hebron


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Settlers called for an end to discriminatory land purchase practices in Judea and Samaria, particularly in Hebron, as they rallied Sunday evening next to two structures they bought but are barred from entering in that West Bank city.

“Jews can buy homes anywhere in the world, in France, in Turkey and even in Iran,” said Shlomo Levinger a spokesman for some 20 Jewish families who want to move into the buildings. “Just in Judea and Samaria there is a racist edict that prevents Jews from purchasing a home,” he said.

“We are demanding an end to this discriminatory practice,” he added.

The tall thin man with a short beard spoke into a microphone as he stood in front of the structures surrounded by soldiers and border police, as well as dozens of settlers, including mothers with small children.

The men held a small evening prayer service, while Palestinians in the nearby homes looked out their windows at the commotion below.

In a surprise move on January 21, the families moved into the structures located just a short block away from the Cave of the Patriarchs in an area of the city under Israeli military and civilian control.

Security forces forcibly removed the families from the next day because they lacked the proper permits, even though they offered authorities documents to show proof of purchase.

The families had expected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce that they could move into the homes on Sunday but instead were told the Civil Administration would be in touch with them on Monday.

An aide to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon



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