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Netanyahu, Gantz said seeking to delay court hearing on Sheikh Jarrah evictions

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In a bid to quell tensions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Benny Gantz are seeking to delay a court hearing on the pending eviction of Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, which has fueled recent violence in the capital, according to Hebrew media reports on Saturday.

Over 70 Palestinian residents are threatened with eviction and could be replaced by right-wing Jewish nationalists, in a legal battle being waged in the courts. The case has been cited as one of the key issues sparking violent protests in Jerusalem, including some of the worst clashes seen in years on the Temple Mount compound on Friday.

The Israeli Supreme Court will consider an appeal on the case on Monday, which coincides with Jerusalem Day, when tens of thousands of Jewish nationalists are expected to march through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark 54 years since its capture during the Six Day War.

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Gantz, who is also defense minister, and Netanyahu discussed the possibility of trying to postpone the court hearing to reduce tensions, according to the Kan public broadcaster. They have asked the attorney general whether such a move is legally viable. Police clash with protesters demonstrating against the pending eviction of several Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on May 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The US State Department has expressed concern over the looming Sheikh Jarrah evictions. Jalina Porter, a State Department spokesperson said during a telephone briefing: “We are deeply concerned about the potential eviction of Palestinian families in the Silwan neighborhood and........

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