A Palestinian protester is arrested from in front of an Israeli settler's house during a demonstration as Palestinian families face eviction, part of an ongoing effort by Jewish Israelis to take control of homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem
A Palestinian protester is arrested during unrest in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah
Photo: AFP
A Palestinian protester is arrested during unrest in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah

Police make 11 arrests in East Jerusalem land right dispute

The predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah has been at the heart of a controversial legal case in which four Palestinian families face eviction after court rules land legally owned by Jews

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Published: 05.06.21 , 14:23
Police arrested 11 people overnight Thursday in the latest unrest to rock the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah near the walled Old City, where land disputes between Palestinians and Jewish settlers have fuelled hostility for years.
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  • The Red Crescent also reported that 22 Palestinians were injured during the clashes.
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    A Palestinian protester is arrested from in front of an Israeli settler's house during a demonstration as Palestinian families face eviction, part of an ongoing effort by Jewish Israelis to take control of homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem
    A Palestinian protester is arrested from in front of an Israeli settler's house during a demonstration as Palestinian families face eviction, part of an ongoing effort by Jewish Israelis to take control of homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem
    A Palestinian protester is arrested during unrest in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah
    (Photo: AFP)
    Palestinian protests, which began late Wednesday, continued into the early hours.
    The legal case centers on the homes of four Palestinian families on land claimed by Jews.
    Earlier this year, the Jerusalem District Court ruled the homes legally belonged to the Jewish families, citing purchases decades ago.
    The Jewish plaintiffs claimed their families lost the land during Israel's War of Independence, a conflict that also saw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced from their homes.
    The Palestinian families implicated in the case have provided evidence that their homes were acquired from Jordanian authorities who controlled East Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967.
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    Israeli settler's children look at Palestinians gathering for an Iftar meal, the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset, before a demonstration as Palestinian families face eviction, part of an ongoing effort by Jewish Israelis to take control of homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem
    Israeli settler's children look at Palestinians gathering for an Iftar meal, the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset, before a demonstration as Palestinian families face eviction, part of an ongoing effort by Jewish Israelis to take control of homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem
    Israeli settler children look at Palestinians gathering for an Iftar meal before a demonstration as Palestinian families face eviction in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem
    (Photo: AFP)
    Amman has intervened in the case, providing documents to support the Palestinian claims.
    Israel seized East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move not recognized by most of the international community.
    The district court ruling infuriated Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah who viewed it as a further step in what they see as a Jewish settler effort to drive Arabs out of East Jerusalem.
    Weeks of clashes that have seen police use skunk water cannons and deploy anti-riot police on horseback have resulted in several arrests.

    'We reject this'

    The Supreme Court has ordered the sides to seek a compromise.
    Sami Irshid, a lawyer for the Palestinians, said the Nahalat Shimon settler movement proposed that one member of each concerned Palestinian family be recognized as a "protected tenant."
    That would temporarily delay eviction until the protected tenant died, at which point the home would return to Nahalat Shimon, Irshid said.
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    An Israeli settler (R) confronts Palestinian protesters in front of an Israeli settler's house during a demonstration as Palestinian families face eviction, part of an ongoing effort by Jewish Israelis to take control of homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem
    An Israeli settler (R) confronts Palestinian protesters in front of an Israeli settler's house during a demonstration as Palestinian families face eviction, part of an ongoing effort by Jewish Israelis to take control of homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied east Jerusalem
    An Israeli settler confronts Palestinian protesters in front of an Israeli settler's house in Sheikh Jarrah
    (Photo: AFP)
    "We reject this completely," Mona al-Kurd, one of the Palestinian residents told AFP. "The settlers want us to recognize their property rights, it is impossible."
    Yehonatan Yosef, an activist with Nahalat Shimon, accused the Palestinian families of rejecting "any compromise."
    "It's their problem," he said, noting that if the Supreme Court ruled in the settlers' favor, the Jewish families would do what they wished with each plot.
    The Supreme Court has indicated that if the sides cannot reach a compromise, it will rule on whether the Palestinians can appeal the district court decision.
    An appeal process could take years.
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    Israeli police stand guard in front of a Palestinian home occupied by settlers during a protest on the eve of a court verdict that may forcibly evict Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem
    Israeli police stand guard in front of a Palestinian home occupied by settlers during a protest on the eve of a court verdict that may forcibly evict Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem
    Israeli police stand guard in front of a settler's home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem
    (Photo: AFP)
    Mohammed Deif, the reclusive leader of the military wing of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, issued a rare public warning on Tuesday, saying Israel would pay a "high price" over the Sheikh Jarrah dispute.
    The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as their future capital, while Israel regards the entire city as its "undivided capital."
    Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki sent a letter to the International Criminal Court urging it "to take a clear and public stand against crimes perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood."
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