Israeli Jews, Muslims, and Christians live side-by-side throughout Israel; whether in Tel Aviv, the Negev, or Jerusalem. According the the High Court of Israel, one shall not be denied a construction permit based on race, creed, gender, religion, or national identity. As such, Jews, Muslims, and Christian alike can purchase land in all parts of the city of Jerusalem. Just as Arab residents live in Western Jerusalem, Jews are allowed to live in Eastern Jerusalem.
To learn more about the Shepherd Hotel and it’s current renovation and construction, read “Behind the Headlines: Background Information from the Municipality of Jerusalem Regarding the Shepherd Hotel Building“
PM Netanyahu: “…united Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel. Our sovereignty over it is cannot be challenged; this means that residents of Jerusalem may purchase apartments in all parts of the city…hundreds of apartments in Jewish neighborhoods and in the western part of the city have been purchased by – or rented to – Arab residents, and we did not interfere. This says that there is no ban on Arabs buying apartments in the western part of the city and there is no ban on Jews buying or building apartments in the eastern part of the city.”
FM Lieberman: “Thousands of Arab families buy homes in Jerusalem in the Neve Yaakov and French Hill neighborhoods…It would be very strange– and I am trying to be subtle – if the State of Israel decides to discriminate against Jews, especially in Jerusalem, and does not allow them to buy and to build throughout Jerusalem.”