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On Wednesday, the Israeli Central Court decided to postpone consideration of the decision to evacuate two Palestinian families from their homes in favor of Israeli settlers, in the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, weeks after a similar decision regarding another Palestinian neighborhood.
On May 9, the Israeli Supreme Court announced the postponement of a session scheduled for the expulsion of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to a later date set within thirty days.
The Sheikh Jarrah case triggered violent clashes between the Israeli police forces and Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, especially in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, before the outbreak of a confrontation between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip by firing rockets at the Jewish state.
On Wednesday, the court decided to postpone consideration of the eviction decision, in response to the two families ’request to take the advice of the attorney general of the Israeli government, as confirmed by the lawyers of the two families.
The lawyer for the two families, Yazid Kawar, told the French press that “such a public and popular case must include the opinion of the attorney general.”
Kawar added, “It is clear that the government was supportive of the settlement project in this case, and therefore the attorney general must take responsibility.”
The families are now awaiting the court “for its decision on whether to refer the file to the attorney general or not.” Kawar expects it to take place “during the next week.”
Outside the court, which is located in occupied East Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinians from the neighborhood and others, in addition to Israeli peace activists, gathered in the midst of an intense presence of the Israeli police, which set up iron barriers and removed the demonstrators by the side of the road, and arrested a number of young men after skirmishes.
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