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Israeli police close off Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem

With concrete barriers and checkpoints, Israeli forces have closed off the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Israeli security forces stand guard to prevent Palestinians from passing through an Israeli police checkpoint at the entrance of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, during a protest by demonstrators demanding the reopening of the roadblock,  East Jerusalem, May 29, 2021.

Ever since a Palestinian driver crashed his car May 16 into a police roadblock and injured a number of Israeli policemen, the Israeli forces have locked down the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where 28 families face the risk of eviction and forced displacement, by erecting concrete barriers on all sides of the neighborhood. They have been preventing foreign and Palestinian activists showing solidarity with residents from entering the neighborhood, allowing only the residents to enter and exit the neighborhood based on their identity cards.

The neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah is located on the eastern side of Jerusalem’s Old City and was built outside the walls of the city. In 1956, 28 Palestinian refugee families who were displaced in 1948 were accommodated in the neighborhood under an agreement signed between the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Jordanian government.

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