The government, citing potential violence, has convinced nationalists to call off their planned July 4 eviction of illegal Arab residents from a
Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beiteinu) told Ateret Cohanim officials that evacuating the Arabs from the
Jewish activists had scheduled to use private guards to evict the Arab squatters on Sunday, which is Independence Day in the
National Union Knesset Member Uri Ariel accepted the Public Security Minister’s argument that
Four Arab families Arab live in the old Yemenite Synagogue, near two other Jewish-owned buildings where Jews lives. The building was built in 1890 by the Yemenite Jewish community, which was forced to abandon it in the late 1930s because of Arab pogroms.
In late 2008, a court ruling was issued ordering the police to cooperate in evicting the Arab squatters, and to raze the additional rooms built there illegally over the years. “The Ateret Cohanim Association said several weeks ago, “Since then the police have done nothing, and so if we have no choice; we’ll do it ourselves."