• UK urges ’Israel’ to cease forced displacement of Palestinian family from its house in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah
    QudsNJanuary 18, 2022 - Quds News Network

    Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The United Kingdom government has urged Israeli occupation authorities to cease forced displacement of Palestinian family from its house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, saying such practices “only serve to increase tensions on the ground.”

    The British Consul General in Jerusalem, Diane Corner, joined on Monday other representatives of the European Union and like minded countries to bear witness to the ongoing forced displacement of the Salhia family, who live and run a business opposite the British Consulate in East Jerusalem.

    In a tweet, the British Consulate General in Jerusalem said that “Evictions in Occupied Territory are against international humanitarian law in all but the most exceptional circumstances.”

    “The UK urges the Government of Israel to cease such practices which only serve to increase tensions on the ground.” (...)


    • À Jérusalem-Est, une famille palestinienne risquant l’expulsion menace de s’immoler
      France 24 – Publié le : 17/01/2022 - 19:25

      Les membres d’une famille palestinienne menacée d’expulsion dans le quartier de Cheikh Jarrah, à Jérusalem-Est, se sont retranchés lundi avec un baril d’essence sur le toit de leur maison, menaçant de s’immoler.

      La police israélienne continuait de négocier, lundi 17 janvier au soir, avec les membres d’une famille palestinienne menacée d’éviction dans le quartier sensible de Cheikh Jarrah, à Jérusalem-Est. Ceux-ci sont retranchés avec un baril d’essence sur le toit de leur maison.

      Plus tôt lundi, peu après l’arrivée sur place de policiers pour tenter d’expulser la famille menacée d’éviction depuis 2017, Mohamed Salhiya s’est installé sur son toit avec un baril d’essence, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP. Il a ensuite été rejoint par des membres de sa famille qui « ont menacé de s’immoler et de mettre le feu à la maison si les forces d’occupation (nom donné par des Palestiniens à Israël, NDLR) en prenaient le contrôle », a déclaré à l’AFP Mona Al Kurdi, une militante palestinienne vivant dans le quartier. « La famille vit dans cette maison depuis des décennies », a-t-elle ajouté. (...)

  • Breaking| Israeli Supreme Court delays decision regarding Sheikh Jarrah for 7 days
    QudsN - August 2, 2021

    Journalists interviewing owners of threatened Sheikh Jarrah houses after today’s court hearing. [Credit: Mahmoud El Kurd]

    Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli Supreme Court has delayed its decision regarding the Seikh Jarrah forced expulsions for seven days.

    The Israeli court has not give a final decision. However, it gave the owners of the Sheikh Jarrah houses seven days to list names that will be considered “protected tenants” in a way to pressure them.

    Considering the owners of the houses protected tenants could delay the forced expulsion of those, whose houses are threatened of confiscation, however, it does not mean that they will be free to use their houses or sell them, and it does not protect them from any future expulsion plans.

    #Sheikh_Jarrah #jerusalem

    • In Sheikh Jarrah, Israel’s Supreme Court seeks to avoid ruling on who’s right
      Nir Hasson | Aug. 3, 2021 - Haaretz.com

      By offering a compromise, top court justices showed they did not want to discuss the legal substance of the case nor order the eviction of hundreds of Palestinians from their homes, especially now

      An extraordinary hearing was held in Room D of the Supreme Court of Justice on Monday. Outside were scores of journalists, diplomats, left-wing activists and a small group of right-wingers. There were also scores of Sheikh Jarrah residents who had arrived in a last-ditch effort to prevent eviction from their homes.

      At the start of the proceedings, the justices sought in any way possible, albeit with decidedly moderate pressure, to bring the two parties to a compromise deal.

      The thrust of the arrangement Justices Isaac Amit, Daphne Barak-Erez and Noam Sohlberg sought would let the Palestinian residents remain in their homes with the status of protected tenants. Moreover, they would be recognized as first-generation protected tenants, meaning that their children and grandchildren would be able to stay in the houses. In exchange, they would pay 1,500 shekels ($465) a year to the company Nahalat Shimon, which has been seeking to evict them.

      The problem isn’t the money but the question of recognizing Nahalat Shimon as the owner. The Palestinians refuse to. For their part, representatives of the settlers demanded explicit Palestinian recognition of ownership of the land under the buildings and a promise not to raise further claims in the future. The Palestinians resolutely refused.

      The arrangement the court proposed had other problems, for example, who would be the recognized tenant of each property, because it was often the case that a number of brothers inherited a house but only one of them can be designated a protected tenant.

      Another problem is that protected tenants aren’t wholly protected from eviction. For instance, if the settlers are able to get a construction permit in the framework of the P’nui U’Binui (urban renewal) program, they can order the residents out in exchange for providing them with substitute housing. Justice Amit, the chairman of the three-judge panel, was optimistic that this problem could be solved by “constructive diplomacy.”

      “We will rule that the petitioners declare that they are the protected tenants and that the respondent is registered as the owner, and the issue is resolved. This [compromise] will provide breathing space of a few good years until then either there will be a real estate agreement or peace will come. We do not know what will happen. Is it possible to sum up this matter?” Amit said to the two sides.

      It was clear that Amit and his colleagues didn’t want to sign an order evicting the families from their homes. “What we are saying is let’s bring this down from the level of principles to a pragmatic level. People should be able to continue living there – that’s the idea – to try and reach a practical arrangement without making declarations of one kind or another. We’ve seen how interested the media are in this. We want a practical solution,” said Amit.

      But as the hearing progressed, the justices found it harder and harder to bring the two sides together. In the end, they responded to the request by the Palestinians’ lawyers, Sami Arshid and Salah Abu Hussein, to break for consultations. But the court told them they couldn’t leave the courtroom. The justices expressed concern that if they were allowed to leave they would be subject to outside influences that would cause them to reject any compromise.

      “You will remain here under house arrest but without electronic handcuffs,” joked Amit. The non-Palestinian spectators, who have never experienced arrest or house arrest, perhaps enjoyed the joke more.

      After the hearings resumed, however, the justices despaired of compromise. Instead, they instructed the two parties to begin making their cases over the substance of the legal dispute itself. That was unusual since the Palestinians’ claims have already been rejected for a variety of technical reasons – statute of limitations, a lack of public interest in pursuing the litigation, presumption of administrative correctness and others.

      Arshid and Abu Hussein jumped at the opportunity and began to detail the difficulties and illogic of a foreign company controlled by right-wing activists becoming the owners of an East Jerusalem neighborhood. All the eviction orders to date have been based on two foundations: The first is the registration of the land as Jewish in 1972 and the second is the hearings that took place in the Supreme Court in the 1980s during which the Palestinians recognized Jewish ownership of the land. Since then, in nearly all the legal proceedings, it has been claimed that the Palestinians were not entitled to appeal either of these foundations. This time, they were allowed to.

      Arshid and Abu Hussein claimed, for example, that the 1972 registration was done by accident or fraudulently, that the settlers have no documents attesting to their ownership, that the Israeli Justice Ministry’s Custodian General didn’t have the authority to award control of the land to Jews, that the government of Jordan transferred control of the land to them and that even Yaakov Shapira, when he was Israeli justice minister in 1968, promised that even if the land was restored to the Jews who controlled it before 1948 the tenants wouldn’t be evicted.

      Ilan Shemer, representing Nahalat Shimon, rejected all the Palestinian claims. He asserted that the current Sheikh Jarrah residents aren’t necessarily connected with those who were settled in the place by the Jordanian government. He noted that the defendants had revised their claims over the years and each time raised new ones in their defense.

      “You can’t claim there was fraud 50 years later,” he said and added, “They want us to overturn every ruling since the creation of the world.”

      As the hearings proceeded, it was clear that the judges were even less happy to make a decision and even more determined to get the parties to agree to a compromise. “Contrary to what we wanted, you have both sought to bring this to court. But our hope is not yet lost,” said Amit.

      The justices instructed the Palestinian side to present the court with a list of candidates for protected-tenant status. Most of those in court assumed that the justices’ intention was to use the list in the next hearing to pressure the parties to compromise, thereby avoiding a decision to evict the residents.

      In the end, the Sheikh Jarrah legal battle revolves around one question. Is it simply a real estate dispute, as the settlers assert, or is it part of a campaign by the state – its official arms (the custodian general, Land Registry, the Israel Police) and its unofficial ones (the Nahalat Shimon Company) to dispossess the Palestinians and Judaize the neighborhood? If it’s the latter, it’s a campaign based on discrimination and unjust laws.

      Needless to say, for the rest of the world, apart from Israel, the Palestinian viewpoint is the one that is accepted; the view that it’s a private dispute is rejected.

      The three justices struggled to decide where the court stood on this question. On the one hand, they are clearly not happy reopening a discussion on the legal substance of the affair. On the other, they also very much do not want to order the eviction of hundreds of people from their homes – at least not now, when Sheikh Jarrah is the focus of media and diplomatic attention.

      But the Palestinians also have a problem. Sheikh Jarrah has become a powerful symbol for the Palestinian public. Its residents have become culture heroes, a status that makes it difficult for them to agree to a compromise, even if it ensures they will not be evicted.

      The pressure on them in the time that remains until the next hearing will be immense. It appears that the justices are aware of that as could be seen in Justice Amit’s parting wishes to the lawyers on Monday: “If we meet again, may it be with fewer people. Not that this is a problem – we’re willing to rent Teddy Stadium. But everyone realizes what the problem is.”

    • Palestinians Reject Israeli Court’s Deal That Would Put Them at “Mercy of Settlers” in Sheikh Jarrah
      StoryAugust 03, 2021 | Democracy Now !, Nermeen Shaikh, with Juan González.

      MOHAMMED EL-KURD : The court is really aware of the international media pressure. They even explicitly made a remark about the media pressure. And so, they wanted to reach a, quote-unquote, “diplomatic” solution, and so they’re evading their responsibilities, pressuring us to reach a settlement with the settlers instead.

      Now, the way this is being reported or the way this is being conveyed might sound like a good deal, but what’s happening here is that we would be living at the mercy of settlers, paying rent to live in our own homes, and dealing with all kinds of arbitrary policies. I imagine I don’t — I personally don’t love the idea of having a landlord, let alone having a settler landlord.

      JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Mohammed, could you go a little bit, for our listeners and viewers who don’t know the story of the history of your home, going back to, actually, to 1956? And you wrote in an article in The Nation last summer that your grandmother, who was an icon of Palestinian resistance, was one of the original people who settled in that particular home?

      MOHAMMED EL-KURD: Yeah, absolutely. My grandmother was among 27 other families that were forcibly expelled from their homes in the 1948 Nakba upon the establishment of what is called the state of Israel on Palestinian lands through ethnic cleansing, and so they were made refugees. And they went from city to city, and they found themselves in Jerusalem. The United Nations, alongside the Jordanian government, decided to build Sheikh Jarrah, the units at Sheikh Jarrah, as a refugee project to house them. Unfortunately, they never — both of these entities never fulfilled their promises of transferring the land ownership to the Palestinian refugees because of the Naksa in 1967, because of the war with the Israeli forces. And so, in the ’70s, you began seeing Israeli settler organizations, largely registered in the United States and funded by private donors in the United States, claiming our property.

      Now, to understand this, you have to understand the larger picture, that every — almost every neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem is facing the same threat of NGOs, settler NGOs, that are fabricating documents and using an inherently biased judicial system, an inherently colonial judicial system, to expel Palestinians. So you have a partnership here between the settler organizations and the state to expel Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah. And this is exactly what’s happened in Sheikh Jarrah since 1972. This has been 49 years of postponement and delays and court cases.

      So I think it’s really important for people that are listening to understand that the punishment is not just in the act of the expulsion. The punishment is the process itself. It’s losing your youth, losing your hope, losing the prospects of your future to the lingering threat of homelessness at all times. And this reality is not just for people in Sheikh Jarrah; it’s the reality for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians all across Palestine. (...)

    • Territoires palestiniens : un verdict en demi-teinte pour les familles de Sheikh Jarrah
      RFI - Publié le : 03/08/2021

      À Jérusalem, à la Cour suprême, c’était une audience que beaucoup ont suivi lundi : celle des familles de Sheikh Jarrah, un quartier stratégique de Jérusalem-Est. Quatre d’entre elles sont menacées d’éviction forcée de leurs maisons au profit de colons israéliens, qui précisent être les propriétaires des terres.

      Avec notre correspondante dans les Territoires Palestiniens, Alice Froussard

      L’audience à la Cour suprême était entièrement en hébreu, une langue que la plupart des Palestiniens de Jérusalem-Est ne comprennent pas et il n’y avait aucun traducteur. Alors dans la salle, ceux qui comprenaient chuchotaient, traduisaient à l’oreille des autres. Muna et Mohammad al Kurd, les deux jumeaux, devenus les militants emblématiques de la cause de Sheikh Jarrah, le racontaient à travers des lives ou des photos postées sur les réseaux sociaux.
      D’une certaine manière, lundi il y avait donc plus d’informations sur Twitter que dans la salle grâce aux tweets des journalistes, grâce aux médias, aux militants des droits de l’homme qui retraduisaient les paroles en temps réel.
      Ce suivi en ligne, cette présence sur les réseaux sociaux est aussi une manière pour les Palestiniens d’être présent, soutenant les familles en postant des messages, en réexpliquant le contexte. Nombre d’entre eux, sur les réseaux sociaux, faisaient part aussi de leur manque d’espoir quant à la décision finale, confiant qu’ils n’attendaient rien d’un tribunal israélien, avec des juges israéliens, qui ne rendraient « jamais justice à des Palestiniens ».
      ​ De nombreuses réactions après le verdict
      Après le verdict, ou du moins, l’absence de décision, les réactions se sont multipliées, car la solution proposée par les juges de la Cour suprême est un « compromis », où les familles de Sheikh Jarrah peuvent rester dans leur maison, à condition de payer un petit loyer aux associations de colons. En échange, elles « ne sont pas expulsées pour quelques années ». Cela revient en fait, pour les Palestiniens, à abandonner leurs titres de propriété.
      À la sortie du tribunal, dans un live sur Instagram, Mohammad al Kurd expliquait que « ces colons ne sont pas leurs propriétaires et que dans ce compromis, rien ne garantit qu’ils n’augmentent pas le loyer ou que la municipalité de Jérusalem ne démolira pas leurs maisons ». Selon lui, si les juges n’ont pas rendu de verdict final, c’est en partie à cause de la pression médiatique et diplomatique.
      ​ Les militants insistent sur la « résistance populaire »
      Les Palestiniens sont bien décidés à ne pas s’arrêter. Lundi, beaucoup de militants insistaient sur la « résistance populaire », car, comme le précise un tweet de l’association Adalah, regroupant des avocats Palestiniens en Israël, « la justice a utilisé la loi comme une arme contre les Palestiniens ».
      Lundi, c’était aussi le début d’un autre mouvement sur les réseaux sociaux, absolument lié à Sheikh Jarrah : « August Month of Action » avec ce hasthag pour faire du bruit sur toutes les injustices palestiniennes. Même si ces militants le savent, cela ne se réglera pas en une nuit.

  • Muna et Mohammed al-Kurd, célèbres militants palestiniens de Sheikh Jarrah, interpellés
    Par MEE - Published date : Dimanche 6 juin 2021 | Middle East Eye édition française

    Muna et son frère Mohammed al-Kurd ont promis de s’opposer à l’ordonnance imminente d’un tribunal israélien les obligeant à quitter leur domicile à Jérusalem (MEE & AFP)

    Les jumeaux sont devenus des icônes de la lutte palestinienne contre l’expansion des colons israéliens à Jérusalem-Est occupée.

    Nasser Odeh, l’avocat de la famille, a confirmé que la police avait arrêté Muna al-Kurd pour « troubles à l’ordre public », incluant participation à des « émeutes », et indiqué que son frère était toujours sous enquête.

    Muna et Mohammed, dont la famille vit sous la menace d’une expulsion imminente, à Karm al-Jaouni dans le quartier Sheikh Jarrah, à Jérusalem-Est occupé, sont devenus des icônes de la lutte palestinienne contre l’expansion des colons israéliens.

    Ils mènent chaque jour, en anglais et en arabe, une intense campagne sur les réseaux sociaux autour du hashtag #SheikhJarrah afin d’attirer l’attention du monde sur le sort de familles palestiniennes menacées d’expulsions ou déjà expulsées de leurs maisons. (...)

    #Sheikh_Jarrah #al-Kurd

  • Journalist Assaulted and Detained while Reporting from Sheikh Jarrah – – IMEMC News

    Israeli soldiers assaulted and detained a journalist, on Saturday, from the contentious Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, Quds News Network reported.

    The Al Jazeera correspondent in Jerusalem, Givara Budeiri, was clearly identifiable and wearing a PRESS vest, however several Israeli troops assaulted and detained her.

    The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood has been the scene of a colonial scheme which has gained international attention, with activists and civilians standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people under the threat of forced expulsion.

    The team was reporting on the Palestinian Naksa or setback, which occurred on June 5, 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    (...) Budeiri was later released, on the condition that she not enter the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for 2 weeks, according to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic).


  • Éric Cantona, Susan Sarandon, Bella Hadid… ces stars qui s’engagent pour les Palestiniens | Middle East Eye édition française

    D’autres stars militantes, connues pour prendre la parole sur divers sujets d’actualité, n’ont pas pris tant de précaution. 

    Sur son fil Twitter, l’actrice et militante #Susan_Sarandon retweete vidéos, photos, articles et commentaires clairement propalestiniens. La comédienne et productrice #Viola_Davis, première actrice afro-américaine noire à avoir été récompensée par un Oscar, a publié un diaporama expliquant la situation à #Sheikh_Jarrah, le quartier de #Jérusalem où les Palestiniens sont menacés d’expulsion par les Israéliens.


  • Israeli Soldiers Injure Four Palestinians In Sheikh Jarrah
    May 22, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    Israeli soldiers attacked, on Saturday evening, dozens of nonviolent protesters during a procession at the entrance of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, demanding an end to the assaults by the Israeli colonialist settlers and the siege; at least four were injured.

    The protesters marched while chanting against the ongoing siege on Sheikh Jarrah for the 14th consecutive day.

    The protest was attended by dozens of Palestinians, and many international peace activists, who also condemned the seriously escalating assaults and violations by the soldiers and the colonists targeting the Palestinians, their homes, and property.

    The soldiers and police officers attacked the protesters with gas bombs and concussion grenades, wounding four before Palestinian medics rushed them to hospitals.

    It is worth mentioning that dozens of additional soldiers and police officers have been deployed at the entrances of the neighborhood, preventing the Palestinians from entering or leaving it, while allowing groups of fanatic Israeli colonists to continue to provocative marches, and assaults.

    28 Palestinian families are living in Sheikh Jarrah; they moved there when they were forced out of their homes and lands during the Nakba of 1948, when Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine, after ethnically cleansing hundreds of towns and villages. (...)

    #Sheikh_Jarrah #colonialisme_de_peuplement

  • The Untold Story of #Sheikh_Jarrah -

    [...] the “logic” through which Jews claim Palestinian properties as their own should not be associated with a few extremist organizations. After all, the ethnic cleansing of #Palestine in 1948 was not the work of a few extreme Zionists. Similarly, the illegal occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967 and the massive settlement enterprise that followed was not the brainchild of a few extremist individuals. Colonialism in Israel was, and remains, a state-run project, which ultimately aims to achieve the same objective as that being carried out in Sheikh Jarrah: the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and Palestinians to ensure a Jewish demographic majority.

    This is the untold story of Sheikh Jarrah, one that cannot be expressed by a few sound bites on the news or in social media posts. However, this most relevant of narratives is largely hidden. It is easier to blame a few Jewish extremists than to hold the entire Israeli government and establishment accountable. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is constantly manipulating the subject of demographics to advance the interests of his Jewish constituency. He is not only a strong believer in an exclusive Jewish state, but also fully aware of the political influence of Jewish settlers. For example, shortly before the 23 March General Election, Netanyahu gave the green light for the construction of 540 illegal settlement units in the so-called Har-Homa E Area – Mount Abu Ghneim – in the occupied West Bank, in the hope of acquiring as many settler votes as possible.

    #sionisme #vols

  • #Sheikh_Jarrah : la #censure opérée par les #réseaux_sociaux dénoncée | Middle East Eye édition française

    « Nous sommes désolés pour tous ceux qui sont touchés, en particulier ceux qui sensibilisent à des causes importantes dans le monde », a posté Instagram après avoir annoncé que le problème avait été résolu.


    Al Jazeera rappelle que « la #complicité entre Israël et les entreprises de réseaux sociaux dans la réglementation et la censure du contenu et des comptes palestiniens est bien documentée. À la suite d’une visite d’une délégation au siège de Facebook en 2016, le ministre israélien de la Justice avait déclaré à l’époque que #Facebook, #Google et #YouTube ‘’se conformaient à 95 % aux demandes israéliennes de suppression de contenu’’, presque entièrement palestinien ».

    Pire, ces entreprises, en révélant aux autorités israéliennes les données des utilisateurs ciblés, ont « permis l’arrestation de centaines de Palestiniens au cours des dernières années, principalement pour leurs publications sur Facebook. En revanche, les Israéliens ne subissent pas le même traitement », précise encore Al Jazeera.

    En 2017, 7amleh avait publié une étude selon laquelle toutes les 46 secondes, des Israéliens publient un commentaire raciste ou insultant à l’encontre des Palestiniens et des Arabes. Pourtant, peu de mesures ont été prises contre ces comptes.

    #sans_vergogne #criminels

  • Dr. Yara Hawari د. يارا هواري sur Twitter : “... this Palestinian woman in Jerusalem was dragged by her hijab, beaten & handcuffed by Israeli soldiers whilst they took selfies with her. Israeli soldiers are known to routinely take pictures of their Palestinian prisoners as a trophy, even posting them on social media.” / Twitter


    #sionisme #vitrine_de_la_jungle

  • Le sourire de cette jeune femme symbolise le destin inéluctable de la #Palestine
    (1) تويتر \ ابو فَتْحي 🇵🇸𓂆 على تويتر : « قسماً بالله ضحكتها بآخر الفيديو بتلخِّص كل إشي، كل إشي. #القدس_تنتفض #انقذوا_حي_الشيخ_الجراح https://t.co/5yn5WoA1P8 »

  • Soldiers Attack Palestinians In Sheikh Jarrah, Abduct Five
    May 9, 2021 – – IMEMC News

    Israeli soldiers attacked on Sunday night, many Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem, causing injuries, and abducted five.

    Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, including mounted police officers, invaded the neighborhood and assaulted dozens of residents, including children and women, causing injuries.

    They added that the invasion was carried out when the situation was calm, and no protests were taking place.

    The Israeli army was also pushing and dragging the Palestinians from the neighborhood and forced them all away. Locals said the streets are now filled with soldiers and police officers.

    Israel has been trying to remove and evict at least 75 Palestinian families from their homes and neighborhood, to replace them with illegal colonialist settlers.

    It is worth mentioning that the soldiers abducted, Sunday, twenty-five Palestinians; 24 of them are former political prisoners, during ongoing invasions and violent searches of homes and buildings, in Jerusalem.

    In addition, the soldiers injured overnight until morning hours, Sunday, at least 205 Palestinians, including some who were injured in the eyes, during protests that erupted after dozens of soldiers and police officers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque; The soldiers also abducted and detained many Palestinians.

    Furthermore, a Palestinian father and his four children were injured, on Sunday at dawn, after the soldiers fired concussion grenades at them near Bab

    #Jerusalem #Sheikh_Jarrah

    • Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians in Gaza
      May 9, 2021

      Israeli soldiers shot and injured, on Saturday at night, at least three Palestinians during protests that took place on their lands near the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city, in the besieged coastal region.

      Media sources said dozens of Palestinians protested the escalating Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, especially in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

      They added that the soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence, especially in the Malka military base, fired many live rounds, gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians, wounding at least three and causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

      The protesters carried Palestinian flags and wore the kufiyahs, and chanted in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah, and in condemnation of the Israeli attempts to displace the Palestinians to replace them with illegal colonialist settlers, in addition to the escalating violations against the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.

      They also chanted against the repeated invasions and violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Palestinian neighborhoods, and towns in the city.


    • Israeli Army Fires Missiles Into Central Gaza
      May 9, 2021

      Israeli soldiers fired on Sunday at dawn, several missiles into two sites in Deir al-Balah city, in central Gaza Strip.

      Media sources said an Israeli F16 fighter jet fired missiles into two sites, believed to be run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, causing damage.

      They added that the missiles also caused damage to nearby homes but did not lead to casualties.

      The Israeli army claimed it fired the missiles after a homemade shell was fired into settlements across the fence and added that the shell landed in an undeveloped area causing no damage or injuries.


  • Clashes renew in Jerusalem as some 90,000 gather to pray at Al-Aqsa
    Nir Hasson, Jack Khoury, Josh Breiner | May 8, 2021 | 3:03 PM |
    Updated: May. 8, 2021 8:10 PM Haaretz.com

    Clashes break out near Damascus Gate and in Sheikh Jarrah ■ Israeli police deploy tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets ■ 29 Palestinians arrested in East Jerusalem, two in the Old City

    Violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police broke out in Jerusalem Saturday night, one day after 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers were injured in violent clashes that garnered international condemnation.

    Police used sponge-tipped bullets and tear gas against the thousands of Palestinians who were gathered at the Damascus Gate. Palestinians threw stones at Israeli police forces at the site.

    The Palestinian Red Crescent said that 17 Palestinians had been wounded, many by sponge-tipped bullets. Six were evacuated to hospitals. They added that the Israeli police had prevented ambulances from reaching the site to evacuate the injured.

    The clashes began shortly after prayers marking Laylat Al-Qadr, the holiest night in the month of Ramadan, concluded at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Some 90,000 worshippers had come to pray at the site.

    Clashes also broke out in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, and police dispersed protesters with stun grenades and stink bombs. The police said that dozens of residents had instigated clashes that included “flying Palestinian flags and throwing stones toward police forces.”

    The police added that officers had been attacked in the Old City and two suspects had been arrested. Palestinian protesters threw stones at officers, and one officer was lightly injured and received medical treatment at the site.

    The Israeli army said some 450 Gazans are protesting near the border fence in solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem. The Israeli army said that protesters are “burning tires and throwing explosives. IDF soldiers are spread out at sites along the border and are using riot dispersal methods.” According to Palestinian reports, dozens, not hundreds, of Palestinian youth are protesting at the border.

    To Jerusalem on foot

    Earlier Saturday, the Jerusalem police halted dozens of buses carrying worshippers on their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

    Hundreds of worshippers made their way to the Old City on foot. Police argued that they had reason to believe that some of the passengers were planning to cause disturbances.

    The Israeli Police spokesman Eli Levi said that the police had no intention of closing the road to Jerusalem, but rather were attempting to remove specific individuals from the buses. The police eventually allowed the buses to continue on to Jerusalem.

    The police later allowed the buses to carry the passengers to Jerusalem, after they caused severe roadblocks on the Highway.

    The Israeli army, police and Magen David Adom bolstered their presence in East Jerusalem and around the Temple Mount on Saturday, as they expect violent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians will continue through the night.

    Police believe the clashes on the Temple Mount are led by Hamas operatives, and that they are linked to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to postpone the Palestinian parliamentary elections this month.

    Activists arrested

    Israel Police carried out arrests of 29 Palestinians in East Jerusalem raids earlier Saturday afternoon according to Palestinian activists. The police have been arresting young Palestinians and activists since early Saturday morning, according to the activists.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, IDF chief of staff Aviv Kochavi, the head of Shin Bet and other senior officials on Saturday to assess the situation in Jerusalem.

    “Israel is acting responsibly to ensure law and order in Jerusalem while maintaining freedom of worship in the holy places,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

    Gantz also commented on the escalation in Jerusalem, saying that "Extremists on both sides cannot be allowed to cause an escalation of the situation. Israel will continue to ensure freedom of worship at the Temple Mount and at the same time not allow terror to raise its head or disturb public order.”

    Adding to the tensions in Jerusalem’s Old City, dozens of young Jewish activists marched through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City ahead of the Al Qadr night, singing the Israeli song “Jerusalem of Gold.”

    Rallies were also held in Israeli-Arab cities on Saturday, with protesters waving Palestinian flags in solidarity with the Palestinians who were injured in East Jerusalem on Friday. The rallies took place in Nazareth, Umm al-Fahm, Tamra and other Arab-Israeli towns. A peaceful protest also took place in Jaffa, which ended just before sunset.

    ’Crosses a red line’

    On Friday night, at least 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers were wounded as clashes erupted at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in a serious escalation in tensions that have been building up in Jerusalem over the past weeks.

    United Arab List chairman Mansour Abbas declared that he won’t allow any escalations at Al-Aqsa to prevent freedom of worship for Muslims, calling every injury sustained by a worshipper an act which ’crosses a red line.’

    The United States called for both sides to ease tensions on Friday night.

    “The United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem, including on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah, which have reportedly resulted in scores of injured people,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in perhaps the Biden administration’s most in-depth comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to date.

    Jordan and Egypt fiercely condemned Israel for the violence, saying it’s on Israel to uphold freedom of worship for Palestinian locals.

    A spokesperson for the Jordanian Foreign Ministry warned against a “dangerous escalation,” emphasizing that an international law tasks Israel responsible for upholding peace for worshippers at Al-Aqsa, even as an occupying force.

    Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez slammed Israel’s behavior, especially abusing the human rights of Palestinians, and Israel’s unacceptable efforts to uproot Palestinians from their homes in the flash point East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah.

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    100 Palestinians injured as Jerusalem clashes continue for second night
    Clashes break out near Damascus Gate and in Sheikh Jarrah ■ Israeli police deploy tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets ■ Some 90,000 worshippers gather to pray at Al-Aqsa
    Nir Hasson, Jack Khoury, Josh Breiner | May 9, 2021 | 8:37 AM

    About 100 Palestinians were injured in violent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, as some 90,000 Muslim worshipers poured into Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark Ramadan’s holiest night.

    Clashes were concentrated on the Temple Mount, at various sites in the Old City and in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. They follow escalating tensions in the city throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and have garnered international condemnation.

    Hundreds of young Palestinians threw fireworks and stones at police after early morning prayers on Sunday morning. Most of them dispersed, but a few dozen remain at the site, clashing with officers. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 10 people were injured in the morning’s clashes; six of them were evacuated to the hospital.

    The Red Crescent established a field hospital near Al-Aqsa Mosque to treat the injured, who were hit by sponge-tipped bullets, stun grenades and tear gas fired by Israeli police.

    The organization said that it treated another 90 people over the course of the night, 14 of them at the field hospital. Six children were bruised in the commotion, including a one-year-old infant.

    The Red Crescent had reported earlier in the night that the Israeli police had prevented its ambulances from entering the Damascus Gate area to evacuate the injured.

    Police evacuated the Western Wall plaza twice over the course of the night after Palestinians fired fireworks at the area, but worshipers returned minutes later.

    Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai said that police had regained control over the situation by about 1:30 A.M., and that about 20,000 Muslim worshipers remained on the Temple Mount.

    In Sheikh Jarrah, which has become a flashpoint for violence between Jews and Palestinians in the past week over the planned evictions of Palestinian homes in the neighborhood, police dispersed the dozens of protesters who had gathered with stun grenades and stink grenades. Palestinians also pelted a car belonging to Jews with stones.

    Police said that the clashes involved “Waving Palestinian flags and throwing stones at officers. Police began dispersions and were forced to use means.” Two Palestinians were arrested on suspicion of pepper spraying officers. During the arrest, police said that they found weapons on their persons.

    Earlier in the evening, police reported that they arrested two suspects who attacked police officers in the Old City. One officer was lightly injured and received medical treatment after Palestinian protesters began throwing stones at police forces.

    A rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel in the early hours of Sunday morning, landing in an open area. The IDF responded by attacking a Hamas military post in the southern Gaza Strip.

    The Israeli army said some 450 Gazans protested near the border fence in solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem. The Israeli military said that protesters are “burning tires and throwing explosives. IDF soldiers are spread out at sites along the border and are using riot dispersal methods.” According to Palestinian reports, dozens, not hundreds, of Palestinian youth are protesting at the border. (...)

    Jack khoury.جاك خوري


    #Jerusalem #Sheikh_Jarrah

    • Alice Froussard
      9:00 PM · 8 mai 2021

      Il y a eu ces grenades assourdissantes, ces gaz lacrymo, ces balles de caoutchouc de l’armée israélienne, toutes ces arrestations, ces restrictions à l’entrée de Jérusalem. Pourtant, l’Esplanade des Mosquées est pleine ce soir. #LaylatulQadr

      Diana Buttu
      · 2h

      Al Aqsa compound now.

      9:00 PM · 8 mai 2021·Twitter Web App

      mohammed el-kurd
      10:07 PM · 8 mai 2021

      Israeli forces have gone mad in Sheikh Jarrah, beating everyone in sight, demolishing the solidarity tents, using excessive force... Impunity breeds fascism.

      the Occupation knows it will not be held accountable by a complicit international community. #SaveSheikhJarrah
      À l’origine en anglais et traduit par
      Les forces israéliennes sont devenues folles à Sheikh Jarrah, battant tout le monde en vue, démolissant les tentes de solidarité, utilisant une force excessive ... L’impunité engendre le fascisme.

      l’Occupation sait qu’elle ne sera pas tenue responsable par une communauté internationale complice.#SaveSheikhJarrah

    • Democrats urge U.S. to act against Israel’s ’abhorrent’ East Jerusalem evictions
      Ben Samuels | May 8, 2021 | 9:22 PM - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

      Several Democratic lawmakers are calling for an investigation on whether Israel’s ‘forced displacement for Palestinians’ violates U.S. laws

      WASHINGTON – A steadily increasing number of Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to make clear to the Israeli government that the eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in Jerusalem must stop immediately.

      Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy have called on Israel to stop efforts at evicting Palestinian residents from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah based on claims by Jewish settlers, while Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gregory Meeks and Andy Levin also voiced their dismay.

      “The forced removal of long-time Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah is abhorrent and unacceptable,” Warren tweeted, saying the administration must make clear to Israel that these evictions are illegal.

      “The United States must speak out strongly against the violence by government-allied Israeli extremists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and make clear that the evictions of Palestinian families must not go forward,” Sanders said.

      Murphy - chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism - noted his deep concern by the recent violence and encouraged all parties to exercise restraint.

      “Evictions of Palestinian residents, who have lived in homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah for a generation, are unjustified and must stop. So must Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians, Palestinian attacks on Jewish Israelis, and Hamas rocket and mortar launches,” the Connecticut senator said, adding that he was also concerned about “the Israeli forces’ militarized approach to this unrest, which is escalating, rather than deescalating, the situation.”

      Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called the situation in Sheikh Jarrah “deeply concerning” and calling on Jerusalem’s residents, leaders and officials to ensure that Jerusalem is a city where coexistence, not violence, reigns.

      Ocasio-Cortez called the situation in Sheikh Jarrah “inhumane” and called for the U.S. to show leadership in safeguarding human rights. “From the paramilitary violence in Colombia and Shiekh Jarrah, to the detention of children on our own border and the militarization of US police departments, the United States must seriously assess its role in state violence and condition aid,” she added.

      Ocasio-Cortez and Levin both noted their dismay that these events are occuring during the final days of Ramadan, with Levin similarly urging the State Department to work to immediately deescalate before bringing both sides to the table for a long-term solution.

      The growing criticism comes one day after several progressive House Democrats decried the events in Sheikh Jarrah, urging the State Department to pressure Israel on the matter. Two of those lawmakers, Reps. Marie Newman and Mark Pocan, are circulating a letter intended for Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling the eviction plans “a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.” They are also calling for an investigation on whether Israel’s “forced displacement of Palestinians” violates two U.S. laws stating U.S. weapons are to be sold only for legitimate self-defense and prohibiting U.S. funding for foreign military forces suspected of human rights abuses.

      The State Department issued their most extensive comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to date on Friday, expressing deep concern about the evictions and urging Israel to avoid steps that would exacerbate tensions while calling on both Israeli and Palestinian authorities to act decisively to de-escalate the situation.


  • « On dirait une zone de guerre » : affrontements à Sheikh Jarrah avant des expulsions massives de Palestiniens | Middle East Eye édition française
    Par Sheren Khalel, Mustafa Abu Sneineh, Latifa Abd Altif, Lubna Masarwa | Published date : Jeudi 6 mai 2021 - 09:28

    De violents affrontements ont éclaté entre la police israélienne et des jeunes palestiniens dans le quartier de Sheikh Jarrah à Jérusalem-Est occupée. Les habitants protestent contre une vague d’expulsions ordonnée par un tribunal, laquelle devrait chasser une quarantaine de Palestiniens, dont une dizaine d’enfants, de leurs maisons.

    Les policiers israéliens, dont certains à cheval, ont tenté de repousser les manifestants à l’aide de gaz lacrymogènes, de grenades étourdissantes et d’« eau puante », rapporte une correspondante de Middle East Eye présente sur place.

    « On dirait une zone de guerre », confie un manifestant à MEE.

    Par ailleurs, la police a battu plusieurs manifestants avec des matraques et en a arrêté au moins cinq, dont trois ont été identifiés : Seif Hammoda, Ahmad Abbasi et Siwar Qasim.

    Une dizaine de Palestiniens au moins ont été blessés, a signalé le Croissant-Rouge palestinien juste avant minuit heure locale. Six des blessés ont inhalé des gaz lacrymogènes, trois ont été touchés par des balles en caoutchouc et un autre a subi un traumatisme contondant, énumère l’organisation. (...)

    #Jerusalem #Sheikh_Jarrah

    • L’observateur de l’ONU pour la Palestine appelle la communauté internationale à contester les violations commises par Israël.
      6 mai 2021 |

      L’observateur permanent de la Palestine auprès des Nations unies, Riyad Mansour, a envoyé mercredi une lettre au secrétaire général des Nations unies, au président du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies et au président de l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies.
      Il a demandé à la communauté internationale d’agir pour mettre fin à la confiscation illégale par Israël de terres palestiniennes et au déplacement des propriétaires palestiniens du quartier de Sheikh Jarrah à Jérusalem.

      Voici sa lettre, dans son intégralité :
      La situation en Palestine occupée continue de s’aggraver alors qu’Israël intensifie ses violations des droits humains et ses crimes de guerre contre le peuple palestinien. En particulier, la puissance occupante a intensifié la confiscation de maisons, de terres et de propriétés palestiniennes, cherchant à accélérer le transfert forcé de civils palestiniens et ses projets de colonisation, notamment dans les zones situées à l’intérieur et autour de Jérusalem-Est occupée. Il est désormais évident que tout cela fait partie d’un plan systématique et délibéré visant à éliminer les Palestiniens - c’est-à-dire à procéder à un nettoyage ethnique de ces zones - en vue de leur annexion.
      De nombreuses lettres ont été envoyées au Conseil de sécurité ces derniers mois pour attirer l’attention sur ces violations, notamment sur le sort des familles palestiniennes des quartiers de Sheikh Jarrah et de Silwan, à Jérusalem-Est occupée, qui sont confrontées à la menace constante d’être expulsées de leurs maisons et de subir une dépossession massive, comme tant d’autres avant elles dans la ville, dans le cadre des mesures illégales prises par Israël pour les remplacer par des colons israéliens. À ce jour, à Sheikh Jarrah, 169 Palestiniens - dont 46 enfants - n’ont nulle part où aller, alors qu’Israël intensifie ses intimidations judiciaires et ses attaques contre les familles palestiniennes de Jérusalem et de ses environs, dans le seul but de consolider le contrôle israélien de la ville en modifiant illégalement sa composition démographique, son caractère et son statut.
      Nous attirons une fois de plus l’attention sur cette crise, en appelant la communauté internationale à agir pour mettre un terme aux actions illégales d’Israël et pour protéger les civils palestiniens des crimes de la puissance occupante, une protection à laquelle ils ont droit en vertu du droit humanitaire international. Les mesures de responsabilisation sont le seul recours pour faire respecter la loi, dissuader de nouveaux crimes, y compris le déracinement de centaines de familles palestiniennes supplémentaires, et sauver les perspectives d’une paix juste qui s’amenuisent.(…)
      Aujourd’hui, plus de 1 500 Palestiniens de Jérusalem sont menacés de déplacement forcé et de démolition de leur maison pour faire place à une colonie illégale appelée « Shimon Hatzadik », ainsi qu’à un parc pour colons sous le nom de « Parc du Roi David ». Alors que ces groupes de colons bénéficient du soutien et des services des tribunaux et de la législation israéliens pour leurs projets illégaux, les familles palestiniennes sont confrontées à des attaques incessantes visant à amasser le plus de terres palestiniennes possible, avec le moins de civils palestiniens possible, et à maintenir l’occupation, ce qui montre à quel point un groupe est fortement privilégié par rapport à un autre dans un système à deux vitesses fondé sur la discrimination et l’oppression. (...)

      Cette lettre fait suite à nos 712 lettres concernant la crise actuelle dans le territoire palestinien occupé, y compris Jérusalem-Est, qui constitue le territoire de l’État de Palestine. Ces lettres, datées du 29 septembre 2000 (A/55/432-S/2000/921) au 26 avril 2021 (A/ES-10/xxx-S/2021/xxx) constituent un registre de base des crimes commis par Israël, la puissance occupante, contre le peuple palestinien depuis septembre 2000. Pour tous ces crimes de guerre, actes de terrorisme d’État et violations systématiques des droits humains commis à l’encontre du peuple palestinien, Israël, puissance occupante, doit être tenu pour responsable et les auteurs doivent être traduits en justice.
      Je vous serais reconnaissant de bien vouloir faire le nécessaire pour que le texte de la présente lettre soit mis à la disposition des membres du Conseil de sécurité afin qu’ils puissent l’examiner immédiatement et le distribuer comme document officiel du Conseil de sécurité.
      Je vous prie d’agréer, Excellence, l’assurance de ma très haute considération.
      Dr. Riyad Mansour , Ministre, Observateur permanent

    • Que se passe-t-il dans le quartier de Sheikh Jarrah de Jérusalem Est ?
      Par Lina Alsaafin, le 1er mai 2021, Al Jazeera, Traduction J. Ch. pour l’Agence média Palestine

      (...) Quelle est l’histoire de Karm al-Jaouni à Sheikh Jarrah ?

      En 1956, 28 familles de réfugiés ont été délogées de chez elles dans les villes côtières de Yafa et Haïfa, huit ans avant de finalement s’installer dans la zone de Karm al-Jaouni à Sheikh Jarrah.

      La Cisjordanie, dont Jérusalem Est, était à l’époque sous mandat de la Jordanie, qui a conclu un accord avec l’agence de l’ONU pour les réfugiés (UNRWA) pour construire des unités d’habitation pour ces familles. L’accord stipulait que ces familles devaient renoncer à leur statut de réfugiés en échange de titres de propriété signés à leur nom après trois ans de vie dans cette zone.

      Cependant, cela n’a pas eu lieu et, en 1967, la Jordanie a perdu son mandat alors que Jérusalem Est était occupée par Israël.

      Khalil Toufakji, cartographe palestinien et expert sur Jérusalem, a dit qu’il était allé en 2010 à Ankara pour rechercher dans les archives de l’époque ottomane un document qui nie toute propriété juive sur Karm al-Jaouni.

      « J’ai trouvé l’acte et l’ai présenté au tribunal de district israélien, qui l’a promptement rejeté », a dit Toufakji à Al Jazeera.

      Après des recherches plus approfondies, Toufakji a découvert en 1968 que le parlement d’Israël, la Knesset, avait émis un décret – signé par le ministre des Finances de l’époque – qui déclarait qu’Israël était tenu par l’accord entre la Jordanie et l’UNRWA.

      « C’est ce fait qui a été soulevé devant la Haute Cour de Jérusalem au nom des familles palestiniennes de Sheikh Jarrah », a-t-il dit, mais en ajoutant qu’il y avait peu de raisons de croire que la cour statuerait en leur faveur.

      « Les tribunaux israéliens – juge, jury et législation – sont tous au service des colons juifs », a-t-il dit. (...)

    • EN IMAGES : L’histoire de Sheikh Jarrah en sept clichés d’époque | Middle East Eye édition française

      Ce quartier historique de Jérusalem-Est occupée connaît de vives tensions à la suite de la décision d’un tribunal israélien d’en expulser plusieurs familles palestiniennes. MEE revient, en images, sur l’histoire de ce quartier
      Shafik Mandhai
      Vendredi 7 mai 2021 - 09:56 (...)