State Department Asked Israel to Stop Sheikh Jarrah families’ Eviction

The State Department strongly urged Israel to refrain from evicting Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah area of occupied East Jerusalem, noting at the same time that Israeli court’s proposal offered this week is something the Israeli and Palestinian parties should consider, according to Middle East Monitor.

Israel’s Supreme Court suggested Monday in a high-profile eviction case the families to be allowed to remain in their homes under protected residents status, but would have to pay rent to a settler group that has the rights to the land that once belonged to Jewish families.

State Department spokesman Ned Price reiterated the department’s stand that families should not be evicted from the homes they’ve lived in for decades and appealed to Israeli authorities to refrain from actions that exacerbate tensions and undercut efforts towards two-state solution.

Israel has asked the US earlier this week to put pressure on the Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah to pay rent to illegal settler after the court proposed them to accept protected residence status instead of ownership of their properties.

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