Blocking Mideast Peace
Ateret Cohanim to Make Trouble Again: Jewish Settlers to Move into House in Disputed East Jerusalem
by AFP
Originally published 26 September 2000
in AFP

JERUSALEM, Sept 26 (AFP) - A Jewish group whose goal is to Judaize disputed east Jerusalem is preparing to move several couples into a house used by a Jewish burial society in the sector, an AFP correspondent reported Tuesday.

Eight members of the Ateret Cohanim group began renovating the tumbledown cottage on the edge of the Mount of Olives cemetery, the oldest and most sacred Jewish cemetery, located in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in 1967 and then annexed.

The group is also patrolling the cemetery to prevent possible acts of vandalism.

"In several weeks, young couples will move into the house that we are renovating,'' Arie King, a leader of Ateret Cohanim, said.

The group is funded by wealthy Jewish-American businessman Erwin Moskowitz, a strong supporter of former right-wing prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Moskowitz was a Netanyahu campaign donor and has also purchased houses for Jews in the Arab neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, which is several hundred meters (yards) away from the Mount of Olives cemetery.

Israel says east Jerusalem will remain part of its united capital, Jerusalem. But the Palestinians say the sector will be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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