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Israeli court gives protected status to Sheikh Jarrah residents facing eviction

The Supreme Court adjourned without ruling on the planned eviction of four Palestinian families who reside in the East Jerusalem neighborhood.
Palestinian residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood attend a hearing at Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Aug. 2, 2021.

Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday proposed a compromise with the four Palestinian families facing eviction from Sheikh Jarrah, the East Jerusalem neighborhood that’s become a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

The court hasn’t reached a verdict in the high-profile case but suggested the 70 Palestinians could stay in their homes as “protected residents." Under the arrangement, the residents would be required to recognize Jewish ownership of their properties and pay an annual fee of 1,500 Israeli shekels ($465) to Nahalat Shimon, the US-based settler organization that has challenged the Palestinians' claim to the land.

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