Activists reject Israeli court proposal to relax terms of Sheikh Jarrah injunction

Civil rights activists, joined by hundreds of Palestinians, have rejected a proposal by Israel’s High Court of Justice to relax the terms of its injunction barring further demolition of homes in the Palestinian village of Sheikh Jarrah, according to the BBC. At the weekend, the court recommended that Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem, who occupied the building in Sheikh Jarrah following the Israeli government’s decision to revoke residency rights of Palestinian residents of the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, accept back the building, following which the injunction would be lifted.

The announcement by Israel’s top court was accompanied by condemnation by Yasser Abed Rabbo, deputy chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. “We regret the decision of the Israeli authorities to halt the building demolition of Sheikh Jarrah houses,” he said. “The Israeli justice system has consistently halted justice to the Palestinian people. The decision is based on a series of self-serving political agreements, between those who benefit from the illegal Israeli occupation and the occupier and that benefit the Israeli settlers.”

The Palestinian lawsuit submitted to the court and rejected by it came with the backing of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who wrote to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and the UN Security Council: “The action of the Israeli authorities is deplorable and risks exacerbating the situation. This illegal action, in addition to the incitement and victimization of the families and local communities, and the denial of the right to adequate housing, constitutes a clear violation of international law.”

The call for an international investigation of Israel’s actions comes days after the United Nations passed a non-binding resolution calling for an end to Israel’s construction of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories — including East Jerusalem — citing “a failure to adhere to prior promises,” to announce that they are in fact building homes.

In the Court’s decision to move forward with the demolition of Sheikh Jarrah, this year marks two decades since the displacement of 173 Palestinian families, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs. At the time, the Israeli government claimed that the residents of Sheikh Jarrah had stolen property from Jews on their land. Today, with continued occupation of their homes by the Israeli government, Sheikh Jarrah residents have launched a lawsuit demanding to be recognized as Israeli citizens.

Read the full story at BBC News.


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