Jerusalem (In Palestine Today)- Several Palestinian and pro-Palestine advocates are calling on to save families of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, as they’re facing forced eviction from their homes by Israeli settlers.
In solidarity with the families of Sheikh Jarrah, the activists have launched an online campaign, calling on the international community to intervene and save the families from the eviction, by tweeting on the hashtag #SaveSheikhJarrah, today at 3pm, Jerusalem time.
Dozens of Palestinians are facing imminent eviction from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the occupied Jerusalem, in a move to force them out and replace it entirely with an Israeli settlement.
The Jerusalem District Court ruled at least six families must vacate their homes in Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday, despite living there for generations, to make way for a new Israeli settlement known as Shimon HaTsadiq.
In February, the Israeli District Court in Jerusalem rejected an appeal by four Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood against their eviction from their homes. The court upheld the eviction order, and it gave the four families until May 2 to implement the eviction decision.
The same court ruled seven other families should leave their homes by August 1.
A plan for the settlement, consisting of 200 housing units on 18 dunums, has already been submitted to the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem.
In total, 58 people, including 17 children, are set to be forcibly displaced to make way for Israeli settlers.
In 1972, several Israeli settler organisations filed a lawsuit against the Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah, alleging the land originally belonged to Jews.
These groups, mostly funded by donors from the United States, have waged a relentless battle that resulted in the displacement of 43 Palestinians in 2002, as well as the Hanoun and Ghawi families in 2008 and the Shamasneh family in 2017.