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Israeli military court recognizes purchase of Hebron home

July 2, 2013 at 7:08 AM

HEBRON, West Bank, July 2 (UPI) -- An Israeli military court validated the purchase of a three-story building across from the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron by members of the Jewish community.

The military appeals court ruling Monday, came more than a year after soldiers forcibly evicted about 15 families from the building, The Jerusalem Post reported. At the time, officials feared their presence would spark tensions in the city, and noted while the documents seemed authentic there was no purchase permit, the newspaper said.

The building has been boarded up since April 2012.

It is the second time in recent years a military court has authenticated the Jewish purchase of Palestinian property in the city, the newspaper noted.

While validating the purchase, the court said the families can only move into the building if Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon authorizes the purchase and their entry, the newspaper said.

The Palestinian Authority jailed and sentenced to death the Palestinian who sold the property to members of Hebron's Jewish community, Orit Struck, a Knesset member and resident of Hebron, told the newspaper.

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