A Palestinian youth stands next to a wall painted with graffiti, outside a house which Jewish settlers moved into, in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Settlers occupy Palestinian homes in Old City's shadowIsraeli police guarded Jewish settlers as they moved into seven homes in a Palestinian neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem Tuesday while stunned and angry Palestinians looked on, aware that there was little they could do.Around 90 settler families, totaling 500 people, live in Silwan among some 50,000 Palestinians.In the latest case, all of the homes were purchased legally by Elad via intermediaries, usually Palestinian brokers who buy the properties from local families at inflated prices.Relatives said one of Karaeen's sons had sold a dwelling inside the grounds of the family home to a Palestinian broker about a year ago for 1.2 million shekels ($300,000), around twice as much as the property was probably worth.Silwan has long been an objective for settler organizations, with many Jews believing that the ancient City of David once stood where the Palestinian neighborhood now stands.In the past, Palestinians found to have sold their homes to settler organizations have been killed.
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