Critics say Ateret Cohanim explicitly works to change the demographics of East Jerusalem in favor of a Jewish majority.
The plot of land in question was the site of a Jewish neighbourhood up until 1938, but its inhabitants were removed during the height of a Palestinian revolt against British mandate policies.
Under Israeli law only Jews can reclaim properties lost in the 1948 conflict, but the same law does not apply to Palestinians.
Correspondent Ibrahim Husseini reports from Silwan:
"My kids are not feeling safe [to] go outside to the shop because [of]the guardsman of the settlers because of the clashes that can happen anytime"