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6 arrested in rally against Sheikh Jarrah eviction outside Jerusalem mayor’s home

Left-wing activists protest outside Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon's home, on January 19, 2022, against evictions in Sheikh Jarrah earlier in the day. (Yahel Gazit)
Left-wing activists protest outside Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon's home, on January 19, 2022, against evictions in Sheikh Jarrah earlier in the day. (Yahel Gazit)

Six people are arrested during a protest outside Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon’s home against an eviction and home demolition in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem earlier today.

More than 100 left-wing protesters, including Meretz MK Mossi Raz, gathered outside Leon’s home to protest the eviction.

Activists say that similar protests are taking place around the country, including outside the home of Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz. Attendees, including Raz, complain of police pushing and shoving them during the protest.

“I came with dozens of protesters to protest outside the home of Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon in Rehavia about the terrible eviction of the Salihya family,” Raz tweets. “The police are acting with violence, detaining non-violent protesters and they shoved me.”

A spokeswoman for Raz says he intends to appeal to Public Security Minister Omer Barlev about the alleged police violence.

Around 3 a.m. this morning, the Salihya family was evicted by police from the home that the state says was built illegally, following a protracted legal battle and several-day standoff.

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