Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah Threatened with Forced Eviction

The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday (8/2/2021), delayed the final verdict on the appeal by Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, occupied East Jerusalem, who are facing imminent expulsion to make way for Jewish settlers.

Palestinians protest in front of the Israeli Supreme Court.
Palestinians protest in front of the Israeli Supreme Court after delaying the final verdict on the appeal by Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem. (ANADOLU AGENCY/Mustofa Alkharouf)

ACTNews, JERUSALEM – Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, are in despair. Currently, they are threatened with forced eviction by the Israeli authorities, in which the Palestinian residential area will be converted into a Jewish settlement.

Initially, A lower court had approved the eviction of the four families in January. However, the four families decided to make an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court over their ownership of their land and homes. Unfortunately, on Monday (8/2/2021), the court has postponed the final verdict of the appeal.

"The court heard all sides of the case but didn't reach a verdict," said, Sami Arshid, a lawyer for the Palestinian families, after the court session. No date for the decision has been given, he added. On the other hand, many countries have urged Israel to reconsider its eviction plans.

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said the court had proposed a compromise by protected tenancy status for the families, allowing them to stay in their homes on rent. 

The lawsuit stems from the events of 1948 when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcefully evicted from their homes and lands, a tragedy Palestinians call the "Nakba," or "Catastrophe."

In 1956, 28 families settled in Sheikh Jarrah. Israeli settlers and extremist Jewish associations, however, said the houses were built on the land they owned before Israel was established in 1948, a claim denied by Palestinians.[]