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2 Palestinians arrested, 10 injured by Israeli forces in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli forces dispersed a protest against the eviction of Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, arrested two Palestinians and injured ten people on Monday evening.

The Israeli forces used tear gas and batons to disperse the people who were protesting in solidarity with Palestinian families facing Israeli eviction orders in Sheikh Jarrah.

One of the protestors, Ahmed Farrah who was brutally beaten by the forces, was released today after being arrested on condition that he be deported from Sheikh Jarrah for 15 days, and pay a fine of 10 thousand shekels.

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Dozens of Palestinians are facing imminent eviction from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah, in a move to force them out and replace it entirely with an Israeli settlement.

The Israeli District Court in Jerusalem ruled at least six families must vacate their homes in Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday, despite living there for generations, to make way for a new Israeli settlement known as Shimon HaTsadiq.

However, the Court on Sunday gave the Palestinian families until Thursday to reach a deal with Israeli settlers regarding the ownership of their homes.

The deal proposed by the court requires the Palestinian families to pay the Israeli settlers to rent their homes until the current owners pass away and then assign the properties to the settlers, not to their heirs.

The families refused this proposal, considering it a recognition of the claimed demands of the settlers.

In February, the Court also rejected an appeal by four Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood against their eviction from their homes. The court upheld the eviction order, and it gave the four families until May 2 to implement the eviction decision.

The same court ruled seven other families should leave their homes by August 1.

A plan for the settlement, consisting of 200 housing units on 18 dunums, has already been submitted to the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem.

In total, 58 people, including 17 children, are set to be forcibly displaced to make way for Israeli settlers.

In 1972, several Israeli settler organisations filed a lawsuit against the Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah, alleging the land originally belonged to Jews.

These groups, mostly funded by donors from the United States, have waged a relentless battle that resulted in the displacement of 43 Palestinians in 2002, as well as the Hanoun and Ghawi families in 2008 and the Shamasneh family in 2017.

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