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Palestinian family refuses $5 million offer by settlers for Sheikh Jarrah home

A Palestinian family in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which faces daily harassment and attacks by settlers, was offered $5 million to vacate their home, so that settlers can move in.
A Palestinian resident scuffles with a member of Israeli security forces during a demonstration in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, Dec. 17, 2021.

The Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah are increasingly being harassed and attacked by settlers and the Israeli police, in an effort to push them to vacate their homes and hand them over to settlers.

Twenty-eight Palestinian families have resided in Sheikh Jarrah since 1956, following their displacement in the Palestinian Nakba in 1948. They were settled there in accordance with an agreement between the Jordan Ministry of Development and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees that provided them with housing. Yet Israeli groups claim that the houses were built on land owned by Jews owned before 1948, which the Palestinians deny.

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