Israeli Government Authorizes Right-Wing Israelis to Hold Provocative Rally in Sheikh Jarrah (VIDEOS)

Tensions erupt between Palestinians and Jewish settlers in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. (Photo: via Oren Ziv Twitter page)

The Israeli government authorized extremist Israelis, headed by right-wing lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir, to hold a provocative rally in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Wednesday night, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to eyewitnesses, dozens of right-wing Israelis gathered in the neighborhood around the Salem family home, waving Israeli flags and dancing in the street.

The Palestinian residents and supporters confronted the right-wing settlers as police intervened to remove the Palestinian supporters out of the neighborhood, breaking into homes and forcibly removing them from the area.

The Israeli High Court ruled on Tuesday that four Palestinian residents, whose homes are threatened with takeover by Jewish settlers, can stay in their homes as protected tenants until a decision is made regarding ownership of the homes.

The Palestinians have been living in these homes for decades while settler organizations try to evict them under the pretext they own the land the homes were built on in the 1950s. The Palestinians say the settlers have forged documents of ownership.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

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