Naturally Haaretz injected their own sense of shadow to the story, making it all seem thuggish and potentially illegal, characterizing the action as a break in (read the comments to get into the beautiful sickness of the self-hating Jew, and his genocidal Arab cohort). They also erroneously refer to the area as the "Muslim" quarter, when in fact the home is in what had been an area populated by Jews until they were forced out in Arab pogroms against them. After the full forcible eviction of all of the Old City's Jews in 1948, not a Jew remained in the Old City.
Since Haaretz will not tell the truth about this incident, I am publishing the story conveyed to me by Rabbi Ben Packer of Our Jerusalem.
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Beit Volero located on Rechov HaTzariach HaAdom, in the Al-Saadiyah neighbourhood, close to the Flowers gate, was the private residence of the Volero family. The property was formally purchased by Moshe Volero (power of attorney from father Yaakov Volero) in 1866.May the trend continue and the illegal Arab occupation of Jerusalem be ended speedily in our days!
As has been the story behind hundreds of homes in the Old City, the Jews were driven from their homes in one or other of the pogroms in the 1920's and 1930's. Arab squatters took over many of these properties and in 1967, they were deemed officially to be protected tenants. Over the years, a number of Jewish investors from Israel and abroad have 'effectively' bought again these homes to reclaim old Jewish properties. In some instances the properties have returned to the rightful Jewish heirs, once the protected tenancy rights have ceased.
Given the tense situation due to Arab pogroms, aggression and violence towards the Jews, the Volero family sold their residence to an Arab, around the year 1920.
Over 20 years ago, "Jewish concerns" managed to officially purchase the building from the Arab, but in the early years had to contend with an Arab family who were protected tenants. Once these protected tenancy rights had ceased, the Jewish owners had full right to move into 'their' building. The relevant arrangements were made, the official legal paperwork in hand, and without any need for ‘forcible eviction’ and without any ‘armed settlers’, as certain media outlets and UN representatives falsely claimed, Yeshiva students moved in to the apartments. Due to Arab violence in previous moves such as this, there was a need for some security guards and the Police were notified at the appropriate time.
At the time of writing this material, the courts have ratified the move, and it seems, that there will be some discussions in court next week as to the status of the last remaining Arab tenant in the original Beit Volero complex.
On early Thursday morning -18Av -29th July 2010, which symbolically was the anniversary of the 1929 riots and pogroms (instigated by the Nazi Grand Mufti Haj Amin El Husseini), Yeshiva students moved back into the old Volero residence.
In the immediate vicinity of this large Beit Volero complex, are another 12 Jewish families and Yeshiva students, who have returned to the old Jewish quarter of the old City.
In total there are today close to 1000 Jewish residents (Including Yeshiva students) that have returned home to the old Jewish Quarter in the heart of the Old City. (Today's Moslem and Christian Quarters)