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Settler house to be evacuated in Jerusalem

Settler house to be evacuated in Jerusalem

Jerusalem's mayor has agreed to evacuate a building Jewish settlers put up illegally in the heart of a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood.
But Nir Barkat said Thursday he'll also demolish dozens of Palestinian-owned structures erected illegally in the holy city.
Sovereignty over Jerusalem's traditionally Arab sector is one of the most explosive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Evacuations and demolitions on either side of the political divide could trigger violent showdowns.
Barkat opposes sharing Jerusalem with the Palestinians in any final peace deal.
He had tried to buck an order to evacuate the seven-story structure, built in 2004 by an ultranationalist settler group in east Jerusalem.
The attorney general's office forced him to back down.