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Sheikh Jarrah live updates: Palestinians resist eviction in Jerusalem neighbourhood

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Sheikh Jarrah live updates: Palestinians resist eviction in Jerusalem neighbourhood
Follow MEE's live updates of the events in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood as they happen
Key Points
Israeli Supreme Court postpones decision on whether to evict 40 Palestinians from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood
Dozens injured as Israeli police crack down on protesters opposing evictions
Residents of Sheikh Jarrah say they 'completely reject' attempts to replace them with Israeli settlers

Live Updates

Israeli settlers in counter-protest
11 minutes ago

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers and their supporters have also come out in the streets of Jerusalem to express their support for the eviction of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah - with a gathering called for this evening by prominent far-right groups including Lehava.

Around the time the Supreme Court announced that a new hearing would take place, Palestinian Jerusalemites reported on social media that Israeli protesters had marched on the predominantly Palestinian Salaheddine Street.

Meanwhile, freshly elected Israeli MP Itamar Ben Gvir - who has been described as the Israeli equivalent of a Ku Klux Klan leader - is reportedly expected to attend a far-right counter protest this evening under the protection of a parliamentary security detail, the Times of Israel reported.

On 22 April, hundreds of far-right and anti-Palestinian activists took to the streets in Jerusalem's Old City chanting "Death to Arabs". The march, led by Lehava, was organised as a call to "restore Jewish dignity" in Jerusalem.

Next hearing scheduled on Jerusalem Day
20 minutes ago

With the situation already at a boiling point in Jerusalem, things are expected to get worse in coming days.

Monday - the day of the next Supreme Court hearing is expected to take place - also coincides with Israel's Jerusalem Day, celebrating the occupation of East Jerusalem following the 1967 war.

Israel's Channel 12 has reported that some 3,000 police officers will be deployed on that day, when some 30,000 Israeli settlers and their supporters are expected to march through the Old City towards Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Historically, thousands of Israelis - pictured here on 2 June 2019 - have marched through the Old City for Jerusalem Day (AFP)
Historically, thousands of Israelis - pictured here on 2 June 2019 - have marched through the Old City for Jerusalem Day (AFP)

Damascus Gate - one of the main entrances of the Old City and a symbolic gathering place for Palestinians in Jerusalem - will also reportedly be closed off on Monday.

Far-right activists pushing for the destruction of Al-Aqsa in order to build a Third Jewish Temple in its place, who have gained in political influence, are expected to attempt to storm the mosque complex during the march.

The fate of Al-Aqsa is one of the most sensitive subjects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as this Ramadan has been marked by an increase in actions by Israeli religious extremists seeking to gain control over the holy site.

Evening protests described as 'war zones'
1 hour ago

The situation was heated in Sheikh Jarrah on Wednesday night, as Israeli forces violently cracked down on Palestinian youths protesting the eviction orders.

'It looks like a war zone': Israeli forces violently crack down on Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah
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Israeli police, some mounted on horses, attempted to push back protesters using tear gas, stun grenades and "skunk water", a Middle East Eye correspondent reported from the scene

Amid the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, demonstrators have gathered in the streets after the fast-breaking iftar meal in the evenings.

Protests are expected to continue in coming days.

Israeli forces have arrested and wounded dozens of protesters since Monday.

UN warns situation 'could spiral out of control'
1 hour ago

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland issued a statement shortly after the Supreme Court announcement, expressing concern regarding the situation in Sheikh Jarrah and warning that “if unaddressed, the situation could spiral out of control”.

"The latest developments related to the eviction of Palestine refugee families in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem are also very worrying,” Wennesland said. “I urge Israel to cease demolitions and evictions, in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law.”

Israel Supreme Court postpones ruling on Sheikh Jarrah evictions
1 hour ago

Hello all, and welcome to our live following the situation in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where tensions have been running high in recent days.

Earlier on Thursday, the Israeli Supreme Court postponed its ruling on the expropriation of four Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, which Israeli settler organisations have claimed ownership over.

The Palestinian families have repeatedly rejected the settlers's claims, pointing to their ownership documents dating back to Jordan's control over East Jerusalem before 1967.

The next hearing will take place on Monday 10 May - which also coincides with Israel's Jerusalem Day, celebrating the occupation of East Jerusalem following the 1967 war.