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Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah families reject proposed Supreme Court deal

Palestinians and left wing activists protest against the expulsion of Palestinian families from homes in a property dispute in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. April 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Palestinians and left wing activists protest against the expulsion of Palestinian families from homes in a property dispute in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. April 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah reject a Supreme Court deal that would see them stay on as protected tenants, staving off the threat of eviction.

The compromise “prepares the way for our right to the land to be taken away,” the families say in a statement.

The Jewish group Nahalat Shimon seeks to evict the Palestinian residents, who live in homes built on land owned by Jews before 1948. Nahalat Shimon avowedly seeks to expand the Jewish enclave in Sheikh Jarrah as much as possible and “Judaize” the neighborhood.

The compromise would likely have seen the Palestinians avoid eviction for at least 15 years.

The planned evictions in Sheikh Jarrah were a key flashpoint in the escalation to the 11-day May conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In recent weeks, the Palestinian families have struggled to reach a consensus on the Supreme Court’s deal, with some opposed and others more willing to accept. At the same time, they faced pressure to reject the offer.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called the families a few days ago and asked them to refuse, according to the terror leader’s office.

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