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Tensions high again in east Jerusalem

With a new government about to be sworn in in just a few days and with the Supreme Court to discuss Sheikh Jarrah eviction in the very near future, tensions are high in Jerusalem.
Palestinian activist Mona el-Kurd talks on the phone at her home in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah after being released from an Israeli police station, East Jerusalem, June 6, 2021.

Tensions in East Jerusalem keep escalating, as the Supreme Court should rule in the coming days on the petition by Palestinian families against their eviction from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Four Palestinian families had been served last October with eviction orders, after the court ruled in favor of Jewish settler groups claiming ownership of the premises. The Jewish groups say the lands on which Sheikh Jarrah was constructed belonged to Jews before 1948. Many other Palestinian families could also be evicted in the near future.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit notified this morning the Supreme Court that he will not intervene in the affair. A statement by his office said it will not step in as a civil side in the matter. Last month, the Supreme Court accepted a request by Mandelblit to postpone a session on the petition. At the time, Mandelblit explained he was considering joining the process and attending the debate. Mandelblit’s request was related to the security escalation over the imminent eviction, with violent demonstrations taking place in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the country.

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