Israel’s Channel 7 said on Thursday morning that Jewish settlers laid their hands on 15 Palestinian houses in the east Jerusalem district of Silwan.
According to the channel, the settlers placed Israeli flags on 15 houses in Silwan (near the Aqsa Mosque) after the organization of Ateret Cohanim seized them and handed them over to settler families.
Ateret Cohanim is a government-backed Jewish group and educational institute located in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It actively works on Judaizing the holy city and expelling its indigenous people, the Jerusalemites, from their homes.
The channel pointed out that these new seized homes joined 22 others that were recently taken over by Ateret Cohanim.
Israel’s Judaization activities started in Silwan district and its nearby areas in 1996 when the Jewish neighborhood of Ma’ale Hazeitim emerged as a small settlement on the Mount of Olives in east Jerusalem, inside the Arab neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.
In 2004, Ateret Cohanim embarked on extracting Israeli courts decisions that enabled it to seize Palestinian homes and property and displace local families in Silwan and other neighborhoods of the holy city.