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Sheikh Jarrah

May 27, 2010

Sheikh Jarrah

Sheikh Jarrah

Immediately following a court-ordered eviction of the Palestinian Al-Kurd family from their home in Sheikh Jarrah in November 2008, Jewish settlers occupied the house. The Al-Kurd family has erected a “protest tent” in the front yard beside their house, and international and Israeli activists keep a 24-hour watch in the tent to prevent violent attacks. Settlers claim ownership of the land due to property documents dating to the Ottoman Empire. Though the Israeli state may recognize Jewish title to this land, it does not recognize Palestinian ownership of land before 1948. Settlers hope to displace Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah, and to create a Jewish community in its place.

by David Parker

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