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What to know about Israel’s ‘Arabian home’ in Jerusalem

A Jerusalem apartment in a neighborhood that has been home to many Arab residents has become the focal point for a growing debate about whether Arab residents should be permitted to return.

A recent court ruling made it illegal for Israelis to live in apartments built before 1967, a decision that has fueled speculation that the apartments in question are owned by Arab residents who have moved in and out of the neighborhood in recent years.

The apartment is on the fourth floor of a building that is owned by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which controls the West Bank, and is used by about 20 Arab families, most of whom live in an apartment on the first floor.

Residents who want to return to the building’s third floor say they fear the building will be demolished if the apartments are demolished.

In the past, Israeli authorities have repeatedly asked Arab residents to vacate the building or to relocate to a smaller building that would not violate the historic building’s separation wall.

The building’s residents are now concerned about the prospect of demolition, and they are petitioning the Jerusalem municipality to grant them permission to return and build their own homes.

“This is not an apartment that belongs to anyone,” said Mohammed Shukher, the resident who owns the apartment, who is from the occupied West Bank.

“There are hundreds of apartments in this building, and not one of them belongs to any one person.

It belongs to all the Arab families.”

Shukh said the building is not built to accommodate Arabs, and that he does not intend to rent out the apartment to them.

Shukhi said that he would like to rent the apartment out to other Arab residents, but said that the Palestinians’ decision to build it on the grounds of historical significance violates Israel’s laws.

“The Arabs have never lived here and it is our land.

They should be allowed to live there,” Shukhel told The Jerusalem Report.

“If the building were built by the Israelis, the Arabs would be allowed here.

But this building belongs to the Arabs.”

Shakhil said he hopes that the building and the surrounding neighborhoods will soon become part of an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Municipality is planning to take legal action against the Palestinians over the decision to develop the building.

In a statement, the municipality said that “the construction of the building violates the law of the city and the principles of international law.”

Shuki Alpher, the Palestinian-Israeli co-director of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs at the University of Haifa, told The Washington Post that the legal case is “a big deal,” and that it will likely lead to a “major confrontation” between the two sides.

“I don’t know how much of an impact this will have, but it’s a big deal, and it’s going to have a big impact on the Israeli government,” he said.

“We’re going to see some kind of confrontation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

The Palestinians, who say they do not intend any construction of Arab homes in Jerusalem, have repeatedly denied the building was built on historical grounds.

“To say the building belongs on the historic grounds of the land, and on the same ground, is a denial of history,” said Omar Barghouti, a senior official at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

“The construction is a violation of the Palestinian claim of ownership of the property.”

According to the PLC, the building on the third floor was built in 1968, and since the 1990s, it has been used by Arab families to live and work in a number of apartments.

“In the building, we can see that the buildings are not designed for Arab residents,” Barghouri told The Report.

“[They are] designed to be affordable housing for Arab families.

There is no such thing as Arab housing in Jerusalem.”

Shuchai said he does understand the concerns about the building being built on a historical basis, and said that since the building has been built, the Palestinians have been asking for it to be demolished.

But he said that if the building had been built to serve Arabs, they would have been able to take advantage of the fact that the property has been designed for Arabs.

“These are built to be Jewish properties, and the only thing that Jews can live in these buildings is to live together in one room,” he explained.

“You can’t live in two apartments on the top floor.”

Barghorz said that even though the building does not have a separation wall, the fact remains that the land is under Israeli control, and therefore the building should not be demolished because it is owned and used by Jews.

The PLC and the Arab Association for the Liberation of Palestine (ARCOP) are currently petitioning to get the building to be used as a community center.

“It’s very clear that the development of this building is a crime,” Barhouti told the Jerusalem Report, referring to the demolition decision.

“As long as the Arabs are living in this property, and