Hundreds of settlers spend night in Hebron home

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Hundreds of settlers spent the night in an empty Palestinian home in Hebron on Monday night in a house they claimed to have purchased.

Equipped with the proper documentation and protected by Israeli soldiers, 200-300 students and youths moved into the four-story building on Monday evening, rolling out blankets and sleeping bags onto the cold floor.

“The house is mine, and I have all the documents necessary to prove it. They can buy the house from whomever they want, but it is mine and I am the only owner,” said Palestinian Bayez Rajabe, who claims he is the sole owner.

Security forces patrolled the area between Kiryat Arba and the Cave of the Patriarch’s all night, heavily securing the area.

The Civil Administration is expected verify the legal documents on Tuesday and ownership of the building.

Oren Zach told Army Radio that “we came to the building to build the Land of Israel. This is a happy day for us, since we've merited to redeem another place in the city of the patriarchs,” reassuring that the situation would not turn violent.

Zach said that the Palestinian denial that the house was sold was out of fear of revenge by his people.

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