Palestinian Abu Steve, who resides in Pisgat Ze'ev, poses for a photo outside his store in the East Jerusalem settlement December 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
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Little noticed amid the furore over one of Israel's most contentious policies, a small but growing number of Arabs are moving into Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, drawn by cheaper rent and better services.Few if any Arabs live on Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, and a surge of violence in recent months has persuaded some to leave those in East Jerusalem.In the working-class areas of Pisgat Ze'ev and Neve Yaacov to the northeast of Jerusalem's Old City, 1-2 percent of residents are now Israeli Arab or Palestinian, figures show.While some middle-class Palestinians and Israeli Arabs may be attracted by practical considerations, moving into a settlement does not come without problems.Mazal said she has had a Jewish homeowner refuse to sell a property to Arabs; that deal was clinched through a Jewish go-between.Sarhan Ganayem, an Arab Israeli, has lived in Jerusalem settlements for 12 years, first in French Hill and then in Neve Yaakov.
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