Joint List Lawmakers Clash with Right-wing and Settlers in Sheikh Jarrah

Racist MK Itamar Ben-Gvir a member of the far-right Religious Zionism alliance returned to the Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied east Jerusalem on Monday morning after being removed by police on Sunday night amid violent clashes between settlers and Arabs. Tensions lit up after racist Ben Gvir said Sunday morning, he will open in the Palestinian neighborhood following a firebomb attack on a settler’s home over the weekend.

Israeli peace activists demonstration in solidarity with Salem family and Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem, Friday, February 12, 2022 (Photo: Free Jerusalem)

Joint List lawmakers clashed with right-wing activists in Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday evening. Flanked by heavy police security, MKs Ahmad Tibi, Ofer Cassif and Osama Saadi to the area to pay a visit to the Salem family that is expected to be evicted from their home next month, after a settler group claimed ownership of the property. The Salem family arrived in Sheikh Jarrah as refugees from Qaluniya, near Jerusalem, following the 1948 Nakba, and moved into a home that had been owned by Jews before 1948. After Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, it passed legislation that allowed Israelis to reclaim property that had fallen into the hands of the Jordanians after 1948, which includes the Salem family home.

The clashes persisted even after the legislators entered the home and stones were thrown at the property and police forces threw stun grenades into the family home. The Red Crescent said 31 Palestinians including a child were wounded in Sunday’s clashes with security forces and settlers, with six people taken to hospital.