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Palestinian eviction hearing delayed, Tensions rise: What you need to know

A Palestinian protestors. Picture courtesy : Aj Jazeera

As the tensions are rising in East Jerusalem, Israel’s Supreme Court has delayed the hearing of eviction of Palestinians from the region. Here is everything you need to know:

  1. In a decade-long case, Israel’s Supreme Court was expected to hear the hear regarding eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

  2. The court said that the new date to hear the case will be announced within 30 days.

  3. An organization called ‘Nahalat Shimon’ argued that the owners of the land before 1948 were Jewish people, and hence the current Palestinian owners should be evicted and the property should be given to Israeli Jews.

  4. The Palestinians say that the laws are stacked against them as there is no legal way they can claim the properties they lost to Jewish families in the 1940s in what became the state of Israel.

  5. The Israeli Foreign Ministry is calling the situation a ‘Real Estate dispute’. The mistily released a statement, "Regrettably, the PA and Palestinian terror groups are presenting a real-estate dispute between private parties, as a nationalistic cause, in order to incite violence in Jerusalem.”

  6. On Saturday at-least 90 Palestinians were injured when the Israeli forces attacked the protesters outside the old city of Jerusalem.

  7. Israeli security forces are on high alert on Sunday as the situation is expected to worsen.

  8. The UN chief, Antonio Guterres has expressed concerns over the situation and has called the Israeli forces to “respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly”.

  9. UN Security Council will be meeting on Monday to discuss the situation.

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