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Israeli forces attack Palestinian sit-in protest in Sheikh Jarrah district of Jerusalem al-Quds

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli troops attack Palestinian protesters in Sheikh Jarrah district of occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, May 3, 2021.

The Sheikh Jarrah district of occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds was the scene of clashes on Monday involving Israeli troops attacking a crowd of Palestinians who had held a sit-in protest against expulsion of some inhabitants of the area.

The protesters expressed their indignation by holding banners and chanting slogans against Israel’s repression of Palestinians as Israeli troops attempted to forcibly disperse the sit-in protesters.

In the ensuing clashes, a 13-year-old Palestinian was among those arrested by the Israeli soldiers while one Jewish settler was also injured.

An Israeli court has ruled that over a dozen Palestinian families must leave their homes in the area in the days to come; that is a total of 58 people, including 17 children.

Palestinians see this as part of Israel’s agenda of changing the geographic and demographic character of Jerusalem al-Quds.

The resistance movement Hamas believes the Israeli regime is responsible for harming the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian homes and structures are being demolished for the construction of a new settlement outpost.

Hamas has also said that a recent assault on Christian worshipers in the Old City and the earlier attacks on Muslim worshipers at the holy al-Aqsa Mosque compound assert the “racist nature” of Israel.

Fadi al-Hadami, the Palestinian minister responsible for Jerusalem al-Quds affairs, says Israel’s demolition campaign amounts to “ethnic cleansing.”

Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian homes in the occupied territories, claiming that the structures have been built without ‘permits,’ which are nearly impossible to obtain.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israeli naval forces attack Palestinian fishermen off Gaza

Separately on Monday morning, Israel’s naval forces attacked Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip, forcing them to return ashore.

Israeli gunboats fired live ammunition and water cannons as a warning. Locals said they even tried to sink the fishing boats.

Israel maintains a heavy naval presence off the coast of the impoverished Palestinian enclave, severely affecting the livelihood of some 4,000 fishermen and at least 1,500 more people involved in the fishing industry.

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