JERUSALEM — Jewish settlers on Sunday occupied at least two houses in an Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to bar a new Jewish settlement, witnesses said.
They said about 15 Palestinians briefly stoned the settlers' cars, smashing the windows of eight vehicles in the neighborhood of Ras al Amud. No one was injured. The stone-throwing stopped when dozens of heavily armed Israeli police arrived.
Settler spokesman Ronn Torossian, 23, said: "We've just taken over a home in Ras al Amud that was legally purchased by Dr. [Irving] Moskowitz [a Miami-based American property developer]. . . . We intend more actions like this."
Netanyahu spokesman David Bar-Illan earlier on Sunday had said Netanyahu would block Moskowitz's plan to build about 70 Jewish homes in the 11,000-strong Arab neighborhood.