Arabs Pelt Car Carrying MKs

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan threw rocks at the car carrying Knesset members touring the City of David and the predominantly Arab neighborhood on Tuesday morning.

No one was injured in the attack, but the car sustained some damage.

The tour began at Beit Yehonatan, a Jewish-owned seven-story building erected without a permit in 2004 by a group called Ateret Cohanim. The residence has been the subject of ongoing dispute.

The legislators wanted a firsthand look at the residence as well as the area where Arab rioting and attacks against Jews have been increasing over the past several months.

Jewish residents of Beit Yehonatan - as determined to stay as their opponents are to force them out - have appealed each court-ordered ruling to evacuate and seal the premises.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has tied the evacuation, which has yet to be carried out, with the evacuation of hundreds of illegally built Arab homes in Silwan - a tactic that seems to be effective in the politically sensitive neighborhood.

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