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Israel’s High Court Blocks Eviction of Palestinians in Jerusalem, for Now

(JNS) Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that families in the eastern Jerusalem Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood would not be evicted at the moment.

Israeli courts had ruled that Jews owned the land before 1948 and were subsequently occupied by Palestinians when Jordan controlled Jerusalem. However, the Supreme Court ruled that the families could stay in their homes for now.

Sheikh Jarrah has been a focal point of tension, and Hamas used the issue as a pretext for violence against Israel, which eventually led to the 11-day war with Israel last year. In February, a senior member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) warned that it was prepared for a fresh round of fighting with Israel.

Khaled al-Batsh, who sits on the organization’s politburo in the Gaza Strip, told Palestinian radio, “What happened in the past was the starting point for ‘The Sword of Jerusalem,’ and we are ready to fight round two.” Batsh referred to PIJ and Hamas’ name of their military campaign during the war last year; Israel named its response to the attacks “Operation Guardian of the Walls.”

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