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Israel suspends Sheikh Jarrah evictions

Israel has temporarily halted the eviction of families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in what residents see as a play for time to wait out the international uproar and media attention.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Calm prevails in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for now. Tensions in the neighborhood between Palestinians and Israeli settlers had sparked violent clashes between the resistance factions in Gaza and the Israeli army that lasted for 11 days in May, in addition to daily protests and confrontations in Jerusalem.

In August, Israel’s Supreme Court postponed a hearing concerning the expulsion of four families — Skafi, Jaouni, al-Kurd and Qasim — easing the tension and restoring some calm in the neighborhood.

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