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Supreme Court floats compromise in Sheikh Jarrah evictions case

Palestinians and left-wing activists protest against the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, on April 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Palestinians and left-wing activists protest against the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, on April 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Supreme Court of Justice has floated a compromise that would push off the pending evictions of four Palestinian families from East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

According to the Haaretz daily, the compromise would allow the Palestinian families to continue living in the homes for another 20 years, during which they will have to pay some rent to the Jewish trusts that owned the land before Israel’s establishment in 1948 and petitioned for the houses’ return.

A representative for the trusts says he opposes the proposal and calls for the Palestinians to recognize Jewish ownership over the homes. The Palestinians agree to the proposal but refuse to recognize Jewish ownership over them.

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