Palestinians in Jaffa Reject Israeli Plan to Take Over Neighborhood

Dozens of Palestinians and their supporters organized a sit-in yesterday in Jaffa’s Aqtarjani neighborhood to protest a new Israeli project that aims at taking over the area.

The newly-formed neighborhood committee organized the protest and published a petition for residents to sign.

Raoout, an Israeli leftist organization participated in the protest, as well as Palestinian and Jewish activists and residents of the neighborhood who refuse to allow Israel to take it over.

Palestine 48 website reported that consultations took place between Raoout and Palestinian activists to take legal and political measures to stop the Israeli project. Protesters agreed to organize a sit-in at 7pm daily.

An Israeli society known for supporting the confiscation of Arab lands and houses, bought a Palestinian house in the neighborhood last week that was left behind in 1948, and which was taken over by the Israeli government, according to the Absentees Law.

The aim behind buying the house is to begin the take-over of the entire neighborhood. The presence of members of the society, some of them armed, who patrol the streets of the neighborhood causes residents to feel unsafe.


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