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Sanders, Warren, Ocasio-Cortez slam Israel over pending Sheikh Jarrah evictions

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Several prominent progressive US Democrats condemned Israel on Saturday over the pending evictions of several Palestinian families in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, whose homes are claimed by nationalist Jews as part of a long-running legal battle.

“The United States must speak out strongly against the violence by government-allied Israeli extremists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and make clear that the evictions of Palestinian families must not go forward,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in a tweet, seemingly referring to far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir.

Ben Gvir last week set up what he said was a “parliamentary office” in the contentious neighborhood and on Saturday called for enabling policemen “to defend themselves and use weapons including live fire” against “the terrorists in the Temple Mount and throughout the country.”

Sanders was not the only lawmaker to issue a statement of condemnation. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, denounced the evictions as “abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, talk during a Democratic presidential primary debate, February 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP/John Locher)

“The Administration should make clear to the Israeli government that these evictions are illegal and must stop immediately,” she said.

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