A Jerusalem court has postponed a hearing into the evictions of Palestinian families in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah as tensions in the city have exploded in recent days.
At least 90 Palestinians were injured Saturday night in an Israeli police crackdown on protesters outside Jerusalem’s Old City as tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers prayed at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, on the holy night of Laylat. al-Qadr.
The violence came after Israeli forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and injured more than 200 Palestinians on Friday evening. Israeli forces said 17 of their officers had been wounded in the past two days.
Tensions have escalated in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Gaza throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, amid growing anger over potential evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, on land claimed by illegal Jewish settlers .
Israeli security forces were on high alert on Sunday, preparing for further escalation ahead of what Israelis are calling Jerusalem Day on Monday. Many Israelis mark the day that East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967 – and later annexed by Israel – with marches through Jerusalem every year.
Here are all the latest updates:
Sheikh Jarrah’s families condemn court delay
Sheikh Jarrah’s families condemned a Jerusalem court ruling that delayed Monday’s hearings on the evictions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood, while calling for more solidarity with the families on the ground and also on the ground. social networks.
In a press release sent to Al Jazeera, the families said they expected the move and that the move does not mean the case is closed. On the contrary, they will need everyone’s support as the occupation’s violence against them has not ceased, the statement said.
‘Will not allow violent unrest’: Israeli prime minister
Addressing a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “will not allow any extremist to destabilize the calm in Jerusalem.” We will apply law and order decisively and responsibly. “
“We will continue to maintain freedom of worship for all faiths, but we will not allow violent unrest,” he said.
“ Enough clashes ”: the Pope
Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his concern at the violence in Jerusalem and called on everyone “to find common solutions so that the multireligious and multicultural identity of the Holy City is respected”.
“I pray that it will be a place of meeting and not of confrontation, a place of prayer and peace,” François declared to the audience gathered at Place Saint-Pierre for his traditional Sunday noon remarks.
“Violence only generates violence. Enough clashes! added the pontiff.
Jerusalem court postpones hearing on Sheikh Jarrah’s deportations
Israel’s justice ministry said it would delay a key hearing on Monday in a case that could see Palestinian families evicted from their homes in east Jerusalem to make way for illegal Jewish settlers.
“In all the circumstances and in light of the request of the Attorney General, the ordinary hearing tomorrow, May 10, 2021 [is] canceled, ”he said in a statement, adding that he would organize a new hearing within 30 days.
Dozens of Palestinians and several Israeli policemen have been injured in clashes in recent days in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, the scene of a long-standing land dispute and located a short walk from the holy sites of the flash points.
Jordan warns Israel of ‘barbaric’ attacks on mosque: statement
Jordan urged Israel on Sunday to end what it called “barbaric” attacks on worshipers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and said this would intensify international pressure.
“What the Israeli police and special forces are doing, from violations against the mosque to attacks on worshipers, is barbaric [behaviour] it is rejected and condemned, ”the government said in a statement.
Jordan, which has custody of Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem, said Israel should respect the faithful and international law protecting Arab rights.
Israeli forces stormed Al-Aqsa and fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Friday evening, injuring more than 200 Palestinians.