Jerusalem arrests during protest against ouster of Palestinians

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Jerusalem | Two Palestinians were arrested in East Jerusalem by Israeli security forces, during clashes on the sidelines of a demonstration in support of Palestinian families threatened with eviction in favor of Israeli settlers, police said on Tuesday.

Ten people were also injured in the clashes that took place on the night of Monday to Tuesday, in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, a few days before a court decision to rule on the expulsion of the families, said the Palestinian Red Crescent. .

Israeli security forces arrived in the area on Monday evening because of a “demonstration by dozens of people disrupting public order,” police said in a statement, saying the gathering was illegal.

Police, who claimed that demonstrators had obstructed traffic and threw stones and bottles at the police, said they had given “a reasonable time” for the protesters to leave the scene, before being forced to leave. “disperse” them.

“Two suspects were arrested for throwing stones and assaulting police,” added this source.

Security forces, including mounted police, dispersed the rally by spraying water at the protesters, an AFP journalist said.

Four Palestinian families are currently threatened with eviction from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

The Israeli Supreme Court is due to render its decision on this matter on Thursday.

According to Israeli law, if Jews can prove that their families lived in East Jerusalem before the 1948 war, which led to the creation of the State of Israel, they can ask for their “right to property”. There is no such law for Palestinians who lost their property during the war.

According to the Israeli anti-colonization organization “Peace Now”, Israeli settlers are currently seeking to expel more than 58 Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

Demonstrations are regularly organized in this district of East Jerusalem in support of Palestinian families. Last month, an Israeli MP was filmed being assaulted by Israeli police during such a rally.

Some 210,000 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian part of the city occupied and annexed by Israel, also home to more than 300,000 Palestinians.

All Israeli settlements are deemed illegal under international law.