Israeli Court Postpones Family Evictions in Sheikh Jarrah
The Israeli Supreme Court in occupied Jerusalem has ruled to postpone the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood while dozens protest outside the court in occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli news media reported Monday that the Israeli Supreme Court in occupied Jerusalem ruled to postpone the expulsion of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah from their homes due to concern over escalating tensions with Hamas.
بشرى لكل الأحرار— #سعوديون_مع_الاقصى (@Saudis2018) August 2, 2021
مواقع إسرائيلية تتحدث عن تأجيل المحكمة المركزية في القدس لإخلاء أهالي حي الشيخ جراح من بيوتهم، وذلك بسبب الخوف من تصعيد حـ.مـاس، حسب ما نقلته هذه المواقع.
The court proposed a settlement offer for the residents of Sheikh Jarrah, suggesting they remain tenants and that houses be owned by settlers.
The offer was immediately rejected by Sami Arsheed, the attorney of residents in Sheikh Jarrah.
من محكمة #الشيخ_جراح: القضاة يقترحون تسوية يبقى الأهالي بموجبها "مستأجرين محميين" (رفض الأهالي هذا المقترح في السابق)؛ والمستوطنون يشترطون أن يعترف الأهالي بهم ملّاكا— أحمد دراوشة (@AhDarawsha) August 2, 2021
Earlier today, dozens of protesters demonstrated outside the Israeli Supreme Court of occupied Jerusalem in solidarity with Palestinian families who risk explusion in Sheikh Jarrah.
The protesters held banners in Arabic and English titled "Justice for Sheikh Jarrah", "End the Israeli Apartheid Regime", and "We Will Remain and Never Leave our Land".
Asala Al-Qasim, a resident of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, expressed from inside the court's public square that "There is a great possibility the verdict will be postponed."
The sit-in was organized in conjunction with the court session to consider the petitions of 4 families being evicted from their homes to accommodate Israeli settlers.
من محكمة الاحتلال العليا بالقدس حيث تعقد جلسة بخصوص إخلاء منازل عائلات الشيخ جراح لصالح المستوطنين pic.twitter.com/Guueq5BAzQ— معتز أبوريدة_غزة 𓂆 🇵🇸 (@Abuabraa2110198) August 2, 2021
Local media reported that Israeli occupation forces and settlers deployed in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood after a settler shot a young Palestinian boy in Jerusalem.
Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Fadi Al-Hadmi stated: "We have reached a critical and dangerous situation in which we are talking about policies of ethnic cleansing and Israeli plans that fight the Palestinian presence in the holy city's neighborhoods," adding that it "seeks to weaken the capital with its economic, tourism and commercial dimension, and to integrate Jerusalem within what they call the borders of the occupation municipality."
"We are facing defining moments in which the people of Jerusalem are struggling with their legendary faithfulness and sacrifices," Al-Hadmi said in an interview with Palestine TV's "File Today" program, stressing the need for a real movement from the international community on the ground, and that what "Israel" is doing is a test and international positions are unsteady.
Several Palestinians were injured last Saturday evening when Israeli occupation forces suppressed a sit-in and protest demonstration in the neighborhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem. The protest was in solidarity with residents two days before the Israeli Supreme Court session to rule on a petition by a number of neighborhood residents against their forcible expulsion and seizure of their homes.
For nearly 3 months, Israeli forces have prevented activists from supporting the residents of the neighborhood who are threatened with displacement. They have also disrupted the work of paramedics and journalists.