Jerusalem court delays Palestinian eviction hearing

A Jerusalem court has delayed a hearing over the evictions of Palestinian families in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah as tensions in the city have soared in recent days.

At least 90 Palestinians were injured on Saturday evening in an Israeli police crackdown on protesters outside the Old City of Jerusalem as tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers prayed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, on the holy night of Laylat al-Qadr.

The violence came after Israeli forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and injured more than 200 Palestinians on Friday night. Israeli forces said 17 of their officers were wounded over the past two days.

Tensions have escalated in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Gaza throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, amid growing anger about potential evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, on land claimed by illegal Jewish settlers.

Israeli security forces were on high alert on Sunday, bracing for a further escalation ahead of what Israelis call Jerusalem Day on Monday. Many Israelis mark the day East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967 – and later annexed by Israel – with marches throughout Jerusalem each year.

Only ‘pressure from outside’ will work – Gideon Levy

Renowned Israeli critic and author Gideon Levy says Israeli policies towards Palestinians, like those in Sheikh Jarrah, can only be changed by outside pressure.

“[The situation] will not change and anyone who expects the Israelis to wake up one morning and think ‘this occupation is not nice, let’s put an end to it’ is living in an illusion because Israel never had the intention to put an end to the occupation, does not have it today and never have it ever.,” Levy told Al Jazeera from Tel Aviv.

“The only way to change it would be by putting pressure from the outside. What was so efficient with apartheid South Africa might be efficient here. Nothing but this.”

‘An expansionist colonial policy’ – Sheikh Jarrah resident

A Sheikh Jarrah resident says Israeli settlers who took over one section his house in 2009 and are now not only looking to take over the other half, but seven other homes in the neighborhood, adding that such instance were “nothing new”.

“It’s a expansionist colonial policy that has taken place since the inception of Israel in 1948.

A dialogue between Mohamed’s sister Mona was captured on video last week, showing the 22-year-old confronting the settler in the garden of her family home.

Netanyahu: Israel ‘rejects’ pressure not to build in Jerusalem

Israel ‘firmly rejects’ pressure not to build in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said following days of unrest and growing international condemnation of planned evictions of Palestinians from homes in the city claimed by illegal Jewish settlers.

Netanyahu’s comments came on Sunday as Israel’s justice ministry said it was delaying a key Monday hearing on the case of Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

Hope Netanyahu government ‘disappear politically’ – former Israeli minister

Former Israeli Minister of Justice Yossi Beilin says he hoped the Netanyahu government in the next few days will “disappear politically”, and that a new, more sensitive government will emerge.

“I really hope that the majorities on both sides, which are reasonable, the last thing that they need is the Israeli police entering the Haram al-Sharif,” Beilin said.

“Maybe the new government in Israel will contribute to ending these idiotic confrontations which have gone on for thousands years.”

Hope Netanyahu government ‘disappear politically’ – former Israeli minister

Former Israeli Minister of Justice Yossi Beilin says he hoped the Netanyahu government in the next few days will “disappear politically”, and that a new, more sensitive government will emerge.

“I really hope that the majorities on both sides, which are reasonable, the last thing that they need is the Israeli police entering the Haram al-Sharif,” Beilin said.

“Maybe the new government in Israel will contribute to ending these idiotic confrontations which have gone on for thousands years.”

‘Will not allow violent disturbances’: Israeli PM

Addressing a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “will not allow any extremists to destabilise the calm in Jerusalem. We will enforce law and order decisively and responsibly.”

“We will continue to maintain freedom of worship for all faiths, but we will not allow violent disturbances,” he said.

‘Enough of the clashes’: Pope

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed concern over the violence in Jerusalem and invited all “to find shared solutions so that the multireligious and multicultural identity of the Holy City is respected”.

“I pray that it be a place of encounter and not of clashes, a place of prayer and peace,” Francis told the public gathered in St Peter’s Square for his traditional Sunday noon remarks.

“Violence only generates violence. Enough of the clashes!” the pontiff added.

Jerusalem court delays Sheikh Jarrah evictions hearing

Israel’s justice ministry said it would delay a key Monday hearing in a case that could see Palestinian families evicted from their East Jerusalem homes to make way for illegal Jewish settlers.

“In all the circumstances and in light of the attorney general’s request, the regular hearing for tomorrow, May 10, 2021 [is] cancelled,” it said in a statement, adding it would schedule a new hearing within 30 days.

Dozens of Palestinians and several Israeli police officers have been wounded at protests in recent days in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, the scene of a long-running land dispute and located a short walk from flashpoint holy sites.

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