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Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah Can Breathe Easier Now – for a Price

Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
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Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

For the past 12 years – with unprecedented consistency for the Israeli left – a few dozen or hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians have protested in a public park in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood against plans to evict residents of the neighborhood in favor of Jews.

Last week, as it does almost every week, the demonstration passed quietly – until a few protestors started waving small Palestinian flags. The police, as they do, violently attacked the protestors, snatched away the flags and arrested four people. The demonstration dispersed with rage and frustration in the face of the police's actions, which only reinforced the general rage and frustration due to the impossible situation of the neighborhood’s residents: The descendants of refugees could be evicted from their houses because the property was owned by Jews before the War of Independence in 1948, while their own property from the same period will remain in Jewish hands.

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