Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem – The Israeli High Court has postponed the verdict of forcible expulsion of four Palestinian families here after violent crackdowns on protests and prayers by Israeli security forces.
It was an important step since years of threatening to seize Palestinian property and hand it over to illegal Israeli prisoners. But it has caused widespread protests and a backlash from Israelis.
The court’s decision to suspend the verdict on Sunday was a resounding victory for Sheikh Zararah and those who reached out in the evening and spent the night well with the protesters and slogans against the Israeli occupation.
A resident named Muhammad al-Kurd threatened to evict, calling for the protests to continue. He called on supporters to “intensify efforts and presence in Sheikh Zarara” instead of resisting.
Advocate Hussein Abu Hussein told Al-Jazeera that he was “confident that popular resistance has influenced the Israeli government to delay the legal process.”
On Sunday, lawyers filed a request in court with Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandleblitt for an indefinite explanation that land ownership was apparently transferred to a settlement group in 19 settle2 and the settlers were allowed to illegally register the land in their name.
In response to the indictment’s request, Mandelblitt asked for 14 days to consider the response and see if the government would agree to be part of the ongoing lawsuit between the settlers and the Palestinians.
The court readily agreed to Mandelbilt’s request, overturning Monday’s ruling and saying a new court date would be announced within 30 days.
The defense is reasonable that the Israeli government should be respected Promises from the Jordanian government To compensate the Palestinians and the settlement group created during the reign of Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967.
After Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, settler groups began a legal battle to occupy the area, claiming that the land had lost Jewish property. 1948 war.
Thirty Palestinians were forced from Sheikh Zararah in 2002, and others occupied the homes of Israeli settlers in 2006 and 2017.
‘I saw residents take me home’
The al-Kurdi family is one of four families threatened with expulsion on Sunday.
Nabil al-Kurd, 77, has lived in the area since 1977, on land donated by the Jordanian government to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA.
Nabil’s father, Saeed, lived in Haifa until Israel expelled him and his family in 1986. Eventually they moved to East Jerusalem and were fortunate enough to be included in the refugee housing project.
In 2009, an Israeli court split Nabil’s home and handed over part of it to Jewish settlers.
Nabil’s daughter Muna told Al Jazeera, “I grew up in this house and saw the residents take me home.”
Despite the dire legal situation, Nabil has expressed optimism over the public demonstrations of Palestinian supporters in East Jerusalem in recent weeks.
“The spark is getting wider,” he said of the night’s protests against the settlers’ occupation plans. “It’s no longer limited to Sheikh Zara.”
At the start of Ramadan, Palestinians successfully protested the lifting of Israeli police restrictions at the Damascus Gate, which Israeli police sealed off to prevent possible meetings between Palestinians and Palestinians, leading to violence.
On the right was the Israelite Harassment of Palestinians during the procession While chanting “Death to the Arabs”.
“It all started in Bab al-Amoud [Damascus Gate] And then it came here and then it went to Al Aqsa, ”Nabil said.
Prohibitions and harassment ended when Israeli security forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday. Snipers shoot Palestinians Rubber-coated steel rounds and soldiers chase and beat others.
Several worshipers were attacked during the morning prayers. Hundreds of Palestinians were injured.
‘A new nokba’
Al-Kurd, Iskafi, al-Qasim and al-Jawni have rejected a proposal by four Palestinian families to sign a lease to a settlement group that will continue to live on the property until its residents are exhausted. They say the fight against Israeli settlers centered on Sheikh Zararah is not legal, but political.
El1-year-old Abdel Fattah Iskafi is also under threat of forcible eviction. His parents were refugees from Bekahar in West Jerusalem.
Iskafi’s parents moved to Sheikh Zarah in 1955 when he was six years old. It has been at home ever since.
“It simply came to our notice then [catastrophe] “If they expel us,” he told Al Jazeera Day in 1948 When the state of Israel was declared.
194. Between 1949 and 1949, about 750,000 Palestinians out of a population of 1.9 million were expelled from their towns and villages in a bid to make way for new Jewish immigrants.
Muna al-Kurd, 23, has long been an advocate for the plight of Sheikh Zararah’s residents, and he is the beating heart of a neighbor. “I was talking about our ordeal when I was 12,” he said.
Muna launched the Save Sheikh Zarah campaign three months ago with the help of friends to spread awareness about the planned forced expulsion on social media.
“The scale of global solidarity has led to outrage [Israeli] Occupy governments and crackdowns have increased, Muna said, condemning the “occupation justice system” for failed Palestinians.
“I believe in popular resistance,” he said sharply.