Israeli forces raided the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, occupied for a second night on Tuesday, spraying skunk water, a chemically enhanced type of sewage, and physically assaulting residents and solidarity activists.
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 have been protesting against the forced eviction of people in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood following an Israeli court order. 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.
Palestinians fear it is part of an ongoing Israeli settlement effort to control Palestinian homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
A Videos shotHow a settlement trying to occupy a Palestinian house in Sheikh Zararah on Saturday has given rise to further outrage.
On Monday, at least 20 Palestinians were injured in clashes after Israeli police launched a solidarity rally with Sheikh Zararah’s residents after Israel won a victory in 1967 and was involved in a move not recognized by most of the international community.
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.
Sheikh Jarrah is a plaza a short distance from the Old City’s Damascus Gate, popular with Palestinians, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Israeli police cordoned off the plaza and a few days after the latest protests, a right-wing Israeli group marched in the area chanting “Death to the Arabs”.
Police finally remove obstacles strain grenades, water cannons and skanka with water to remove the demonstration.