Mohammed Deif, the leader of Hamas’s military wing, warned that Israel would have to pay a heavy price if it continued to attack Sheikh Zararah.
Hamas, the armed wing of the Palestinian resistance movement, has issued a warning to Israel against attacks on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, saying Israel would pay a “heavy price” for its actions.
In a written statement on Tuesday night, Brigade Commander Mohammad Deif said, “The Kassam Brigades will not stand idle after being attacked in Sheikh Jarrah Para.
“If the aggression against the people of Sheikh Jarrah Para is not stopped immediately, they will have to pay a heavy price,” he said, adding that they are closely pursuing the issue of development.
Def, who has been on Israel’s wanted list for years, praised Sheikh Zararah’s “steadfast people” who have faced impending forced evictions from their homes.
– Hadil (@Palifidai) May 4, 2021
Israeli forces raided the area on Tuesday night. Residents and solidarity activists were sprayed with skunk water, chemically enhanced sewage, and physically assaulted.
Several Palestinians were arrested, including Tala Obaid, Omar al-Khatib and Mahmoud Nabil al-Kurd, whose families faced displacement from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem. Another Palestinian, including al-Kurda, was released on Wednesday morning, but the detention of local activist al-Khatib has been extended.
Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah and Palestinians stood in front of Palestinian homes last night to protect them from ethnic cleansing by the Israeli army. They were met with beatings, skunk sprays and arrests. In the video, Omar was suffocated and held his breath. # Sevsheikh Jarrah pic.twitter.com/ZqluDSD8G4
– Dr. Ira Hawari Dr. Yar Hawari (য়ার Yar Hawari) May 5, 2021
On Monday, at least 20 Palestinians were injured in an attack by Israeli police on a demonstration in solidarity with residents of Sheikh Zararah.
The Israeli District Court in East Jerusalem has approved a decision in May to evict six Palestinian families from their homes on behalf of Israeli settlers. The same court has ruled that seven more families in Sheikh Zararah will leave their homes by August 21.
A total of 337 Palestinian families have lived in 2 nearby homes since 1956 – 26 refugee families who were ethnically cleansed from their homes in Jaffa and Haifa in 1948.
However, illegal Jewish settlers are seeking to expel them under a law passed by the Israeli parliament in the 1970s.
The Palestinians say they established their homes in 1956 under an agreement with the Jordanian government, which later claimed the territory and the United Nations refugee agency UNRWA.
Palestinians have been forcibly displaced from three neighboring homes in the past few years following an Israeli court ruling.