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  9/25/2013, Tishrei 21, 5774

Contested Jewish Homeowner's Court Victory Celebrated


Yitzchak Herkovitz celebrated his most recent court victory with a Sukkot party Wednesday afternoon in Jerusalem. His property is located in the Beit Safafa / Givat Hamatos neighborhood of the city. A Supreme Court case declared Hershkovitz the legal owner despite a Bedouin family from the Bethlehem area living there. His latest victory was against the Greek Orthodox Church who contested the plot of land where he wants to build a road to replace the current dirt path. He plans to eventually build a four-story apartment complex on the property.

Many supporters came to the Sukkah party including Arieh King of the Israel Land Fund who is currently running for Jerusalem city council on the United Jerusalem / Outlying Neighborhoods List. King has been in the forefront of advocating for Jewish property in predominately non-Jewish neighborhoods. Also present was Nadia Matar of Women for Israel's Tomorrow, Baruch Gordon of the Beit El Yeshiva Center and others. A large Israeli flag was raised over the front yard as members of the Bedouin family who have erected dwellings next door after being evicted stood at watched. Hershkovitz placed temporary signs reading "Orchot Tzaddikim," or Path of the Righteous, the name be wants to give the new road when it eventually gets paved.