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Jerusalem’s Batn al-Hawa could be next Sheikh Jarrah

The Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in east Jerusalem faces a similar fate to the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where 86 Jerusalem families are threatened with eviction to make way for Israeli settlers.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Displacement threatens 86 Jerusalemite families, some 750 to 800 people living in 15 buildings in the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood of the east Jerusalem area of Silwan. Their houses are claimed by the Ateret Cohanim settler organization.

The situation in Batn al-Hawa is reminiscent of the events in Sheikh Jarrah, which fanned the flames of the recent armed confrontation between the resistance factions in the Gaza Strip and Israel from May 10 to May 20. 

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