JERUSALEM, Israel - Despite media reports to the contrary, the eviction of two Arab families last week in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah was ordered by Israel's High Court.
After examining documents presented by the Arab families, which allegedly dated to the Ottoman period, the court found they had been forged.
The documentation presented by the Jewish owners of the property was legitimate, so the court ordered the Arab squatters evicted to allow the property's legal owners to move in.
The neighborhood, which was established by Jewish families in the first half of the 20th century, came under Jordanian rule following the 1948 War of Independence. Afterward, many Arabs from Jordan moved there.
When Jerusalem was reunited under Israeli sovereignty after the 1967 Six Day War, Jewish families began moving back into the neighborhood.
The Palestinian Authority and local Arab residents have been less than friendly to Jewish residents, believing the neighborhood will be part of the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The Israelis desiring to reestablish a Jewish presence in a formerly Jewish neighborhood have been labeled settlers, though the Israeli government does not call neighborhoods within the capital's city limits "settlements."
Despite pressure from the Obama administration, the Palestinian Authority and others, the Israelis who have moved into the neighborhoods have no intention of leaving.
Source: israel national news