Ateret Cohanim, an organization that settles Jews in Arab areas of East Jerusalem, said it facilitated the purchase of two buildings from their Arab owners in the neighborhood of Silwan. Spokesman for the group Daniel Lurie said the buildings contain nine apartment units and that Jewish families and religious studies students would soon move into the properties. They moved in Sunday evening bringing the total number of Jewish families in the area to 17.
The Palestinian Maan news agency reported that the buildings were sold by their Palestinian owners to another Palestinian man, who then sold the buildings to the Jewish group. The buildings have stood empty for the last four months, according to Maan.
Ynet reported that the houses were purchased for the Yemeni Community Committee. The area in Silwan where the buildings are located was founded by Yemenites in the 1880s, who left the area in 1938 due to Arab violence.
In 2010 Elder of Zion related the history of the Yemenite Jews of Silwan :
In 1882, Jews emigrated from Yemen to Jerusalem. As they failed to find room in the city within the walls, they resided in caves on the Mount of Olives slopes. The city's Jewish dignitaries rushed to help the Yemenite families, and Yisrael Dov Frumkin, owner of the Havatzelet newspaper, established the "Ezrat Nidachim" association which raised funds for the families.
South of the village of Silwan were non-constructed areas owned by Boaz the Babylonian, who donated them in order to build houses for the Yemenite Jews (marked with yellow arrows). The houses were named Kfar Hashiloach. Additional Jewish families gathered in the area, which housed up to 200 families.
In the 1921, Arabs attacked the neighborhood's residents, killed some of them and torched houses. They "completed" their work in the 1929 riots. The British Mandate authorities, which did not want any conflicts, ordered the residents of Kfar Hashiloach to evacuate themselves from the area.Last month when Jews purchased homes in the same neighborhood of Silwan , it drew sharp condemnation from the U.S. so expect the administration to deliver another rebuke to Israel for allowing its citizens to purchase homes in private deals wherever they wish.
President Obama has not mentioned any other places around the world where he believes anyone in the world can purchase homes---except for the Jews.