The High Court of Justice in Israel reaches a ruling on the expulsion of Sheikh Jarrah | human rights news | World Weekly
It is expected that the ruling will be issued in the final session, which may lead to the forced displacement of Palestinians in favor of Jewish settlers.
The Israeli Supreme Court is expected to reach a decision on a high-profile case of Sheikh Jarrah in which four Palestinian families in occupied East Jerusalem face imminent eviction to make way for Jewish settlers.
The ruling, initially expected in May, was postponed when the attorney general requested more time to study the case and after daily protests and sit-ins Israeli forces violently dispersed them using tear gas, sound bombs and rubber bullets.
Israeli media reported last month that the government was seeking to postpone the session for another six months in order to defuse tensions. A verdict is expected on Monday morning.
The four families are part of a group of more than 500 Palestinians – made up of 28 families – facing eviction from the neighborhood.
In June, Israel’s attorney general told the Supreme Court that he would not interfere with the case’s legal proceedings.
Israeli rights groups condemned the attorney general’s decision at the time, and Peace Now described it as a “cynical attempt to evade responsibility.”
His decision left the Supreme Court to decide whether to hear the four Palestinian families’ appeals of two rulings from the Court of First Instance that they must leave their homes.
The threat to expel Sheikh Jarrah aroused international attention and provoked worldwide outrage.
The 28 Palestinian families, who were expelled from their original homes during the Nakba, have lived in their homes since 1956. These homes were built on land provided by the Jordanian government – which ruled Jerusalem until 1967 – and under the supervision of the Jordanian government. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.
Settler organizations filed a lawsuit in 1972, alleging that Sheikh Jarrah’s lands belonged to them, after invoking an Israeli law allowing Jews to reclaim property that had been owned by Jews prior to Israel’s creation in 1948 – a right denied to Palestinians who apply for restitution of property they had They owned it before they were expelled in 1948.
Palestinian families in the neighborhood claim that they have full ownership rights to their homes because the Jordanian government granted ownership and began registering real estate before the process came to a halt in 1967.
Sheikh Jarrah’s protests in May coincided with a decision to ban gatherings during the holy month of Ramadan at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City and riots by far-right Jewish groups.
The escalation intensified after Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – the third holiest site for Muslims – several times during Ramadan, injuring hundreds of Palestinians.
The raids prompted armed groups from the Gaza Strip to launch rockets at Israel, which launched a devastating 11-day offensive that killed at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.
On the Israeli side, 13 people were killed, including two children.