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Palestinian families forced to share homes with settlers in Sheikh Jarrah

Several Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah are forced to share their homes with Israeli settlers.
A Palestinian boy waves his national flag in front of the house occupied by settlers belonging to the Palestinian Al-Kurd family, Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, Sept. 16, 2011.

House No. 13 of the Palestinian Al-Kurd family is located in Karm al-Jaouni in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. At the entrance, a large banner reads, “We will not leave.” A group of Israeli settlers share part of the family’s house. The family has become a symbol of resistance against Israeli decisions that aim to evict Palestinians from the neighborhood.

In 1956, the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood welcomed 28 Palestinian families that were displaced from the 1948 occupied territories as per an agreement between the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Jordanian government. The surface area of the neighborhood is estimated at 808 dunams (200 acres), and it is home today to around 2,800 people. The Israeli municipality in Jerusalem manages it.

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