Sheikh Jarrah eviction
Israel’s Supreme Court is set to rule on the planned eviction of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied al-Quds. Monday’s verdict could lead to the forcible removal of Palestinians from their ancestral homes to make way for the regime to build settler units. The ruling was delayed after the attorney general requested more time to study the case in May. The Israeli plan had sparked anger and protests which met with a crackdown by regime forces, leaving hundreds of Palestinians injured. Since May’s clashes, Sheikh Jarrah has been blockaded by Israeli troops, which locals say amounts to a siege. The case has also captured global attention, with international rights groups accusing Israel of plotting to grab more land in the occupied territories to hand them over to settlers.
US evictions ban row
US House Democrats have called on the administration of President Joe Biden to immediately extend a nationwide ban on housing evictions that expired on Saturday. The request was made through a statement by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats. They urged the administration to extend the moratorium, related to the coronavirus, through October the 18th. Biden had asked Congress to extend the deadline on Thursday amid the surging Delta variant. But Congress failed to act after Republican House members blocked a Democratic-led bid. The House has already left for a six-week summer recess and it remains unclear whether the administration could extend the moratorium using executive powers. Over 15 million Americans face evictions as they are currently behind on their rental payments amid Covid restrictions.
Malaysia opposition march
Malaysia's opposition lawmakers, angry over the postponement of a parliament session, have marched toward the legislative building to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. The lawmakers, who chanted slogans against Muhyiddin, were stopped by police. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim delivered a speech, accusing the premier of acting against the constitution. The parliament convened last week following a months-long suspension due to a virus state of emergency. But its final session on Monday was postponed with a notice citing detection of several COVID cases among attendees. The opposition, however, claims it was a politically-motivated move to dodge a no-confidence vote. Muhyiddin is at the heart of controversy since the king rebuked his government for misleading parliament over coronavirus laws. Public anger against the government’s pandemic response has also led to protests and calls for the premier to quit
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