Hamas militants in Gaza threatened Israel on Tuesday over tensions in East Jerusalem as a number of Palestinian families faced evictions as part of an ongoing effort by right-wing Israelites to Take control of a house in Sheikh Jarrah.
In a rare public statement from Mohammed Deif, the armed wing chief of Hamas, the elusive Izaddin al-Qassum Brigade, Hamas warned that Israel would pay “a heavy price.” “If the eviction continues
“I salute our steadfast Palestinians at the occupied Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem. The resistance leaders and Al-Qassum are keeping a close eye on what is happening in the neighborhood, ”Deif said.
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“This is our last warning. If the aggression against our people in the Sheikh Jarrah district does not stop immediately, we will not stand aside and this profession will have to pay a hefty price, ”he warned.
Deif, one of Hamas’s founders, was injured in a series of Israeli assassination attempts. One of his wife and two of his children were killed in an Israeli effort in his life during the 2014 edge-protection operation in the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s borders with the Gaza Strip have been largely silent in recent months after fighting between Israel and militants. Last week, however, saw dozens of rockets fire on Israel after the collision in Jerusalem.
Deif’s threat comes after two Palestinians were arrested and 10 injured in clashes in East Jerusalem on Monday evening, according to Israeli police and the Palestinian Red Crescent.
Israeli police and border officials arrived “after the protest, including dozens of demonstrators harassing the peace,” according to police, who threw stones and bottles at security forces and blocked traffic.
Police said they gave “reasonable” time for protesters to leave “unlawful protests” before they dispersed.
Palestinians resisted the decay and authorities ended the demonstrations with the use of police on cars and smelly water.
The Red Crescent said three people were taken to hospital.
The weekly protests were held over the years in Sheikh Jarrah, with Palestinian activists and citizens protesting the expulsion of some Palestinian families in support of right-wing Jews.
According to the Peace Now watchdog group, Jewish claims attempted to expel 58 more Palestinians, the Supreme Court is scheduled to announce a ruling for the family of four on Thursday.
According to left-wing nonprofit Ir Amim, 600 evictions, including the homes of 75 Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, are under investigation by the Justice Department.
East Jerusalem Palestinians and their allies have accused them of discriminatory law against them, effectively enabling Jews to restore property in East Jerusalem, although Palestinians are incapable of claiming their rights. Are mostly western Jews.
Eviction when it happened was often the result of years or decades of court battles. The litigation relied on a 1950 law that allowed the Israeli government to restore Palestinian property that was deemed ineligible by law, as well as a 1970 law that laid out a legal route for Jews to restore Jewish-owned property in the country. East Jerusalem from before the year. Fri 1948
The Jews will be their residents and allies, such as the right-wing Ateret Cohanim, arguing that they are expanding the Jews’ existence in the Israeli capital through legal means.
Opponents of the expulsion Sheikh Jarrah have regularly assembled in neighborhoods, including Joint List MK Ofer Cassif, who last month was beaten by police. Police charged Cassif of assaulting police officers before prompting them to injure them, although they did not disclose video evidence supporting the claim.
And last month, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi handed over UN-certified documents to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah to help prevent Israel from expelling families from Sheikh Jarrah.
Jordan ran the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, until the six-day war in 1967 and remained a curator of the city’s Muslim sanctuary. The kingdom said it had built a home for Palestinian refugees in East Jerusalem after the creation of the Jewish state in 1948.
Jerusalem’s status is one of the most serious aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the international community insisting that the two sides must negotiate. Israel sees the entire city as the capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their own future state.
Aaron Boxerman contributed to this report.