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Tensions escalate in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood

Clashes have broken out again between Palestinian residents, Jewish settlers and security forces in Sheikh Jarrah.

Tensions are high in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Police and the Shin Bet arrested two young Palestinians today suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails Saturday night at the home of a Jewish family, setting it on fire. The Yoshvayev family was not at home when the incident took place, so no one was injured, but the house was severely damaged. The incident came after several others in which Molotov cocktails were thrown at cars belonging to the family.

Sheikh Jarrah is a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood, but in the past few years, right-wing and settler associations have petitioned the court to recognize Jewish ownership over some buildings and land in the area, mostly houses and plots that belonged to either Jewish families or Jewish communities that settled before 1948 in the vicinity of the ancient Tomb of Simeon the Righteous, which Jewish residents use to refer to the neighborhood. A few dozen houses were built on these lands after the war, when Jordan controlled the area, and Palestinian families settled there. A legal battle has been ongoing over these properties since the 1990s, and courts have ordered the eviction of some of the Palestinian families. Tensions in the neighborhood were one of the reasons behind the May 2021 conflict in Gaza.

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