Sheikh Jarrah: Palestinian Threatens to Set Himself on Fire over Israeli Eviction Order (VIDEOS)

The Salhia family threatens to set the house on fire if the Israeli forces expel them. (Photo: via ActiveStills)

A Palestinian man has threatened to set himself and his family on fire in protest of an Israeli eviction order, Anadolu News Agency reported on Monday.

Israeli municipal authorities issued an order to expel Mahmoud Al-Salhia and his family from their house in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to build a school in their place.

Years-long attempts by the family to have the order revoked have failed.

Israeli forces, on Monday, managed to vacate the house and a nearby plant nursery by force and sought to evacuate the house, but Mahmoud climbed to the roof of the house and threatened to set himself and his family ablaze in the event of an eviction.

“We will not leave here, either we die or we live,” a fuming Mahmoud shouted as he carried a container of gasoline.

“The (Israeli) municipality wants to remove a family from their home in order to set up schools. Who are the schools for? Schools for them,” he explained.

“Whoever approaches, I will burn the house which is full of gas pipes, and I will bomb the house with whoever is inside,” he warned.

The house is located near dozens of homes threatened with eviction, which the Israeli Supreme Court has not yet issued a verdict regarding Jewish settlers’ request to evict Palestinian families.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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