Court advances case on Sheikh Jarrah’s deportations –

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Court advances case on Sheikh Jarrah’s deportations – fr


The High Court of Justice has notified the state that it does not intend to ignore the issue of the impending eviction of four Palestinian families from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and gave the prosecutor on Wednesday. General Avichai Mandelblit until June 8 to give his opinion on the matter.
He had initially delayed any decision on the matter earlier this month pending a review of the matter by Mandelblit.

The subject is so sensitive that it was assumed that the case would slowly disappear from the court’s role. Among the difficulties in presenting a state opinion is the absence of any government.

The four families are part of 28 Palestinian families, all of whom could be evicted depending on the resolution of a land dispute with the Nahalat Shimon company, which wants to develop the area for Jewish housing.

Palestinian families had initially fled cities now within sovereign Israel during the 1948 War of Independence, including neighborhoods in West Jerusalem.

They settled in East Jerusalem, under Jordanian rule in the aftermath of the 1948 war. In 1954, Jordan gave them housing in exchange for their agreement to relinquish their right to be listed as refugees with the United States. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, a decision that denied them food allowances and services such as education and health.

The property remained registered in the name of the Jewish owners, who in the case of the four families were two Jewish companies. Their land rights have now been transferred to the Nahalat Shimon Company, whose rights to this property have been upheld by two lower court rulings.

The HCJ is now assessing whether or not to hear an appeal. The plight of the families sparked intense violence in the neighborhood, especially between the police and Palestinian residents.

The ongoing deportations were one of the sparks that led to the 11-day war in Gaza that ended last week. The United Nations, the European Union and the United States have all weighed in on behalf of families.

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