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Israel's top court meets to reach verdict on expulsion of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah

In this file picture, activists protest Israeli occupation in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of al-Quds, on March 19, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Israel’s so-called supreme court is holding a hearing to reach a decision on a high-profile case in which four Palestinian families in the occupied East al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah are facing imminent expulsion to make way for extremist Jewish settlers.

Dozens of people protested outside the court on Monday in support of Palestinians from the neighborhood and against “Israeli settlement,” AFP news agency reported.

The ruling, which was initially expected in May, was postponed when Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit requested more time to study the case in the wake of daily protests and sit-ins.

At the time, Israeli forces violently dispersed the protests by using tear gas, sound bombs and rubber bullets.

The Sheikh Jarrah protests in May coincided with a decision by the Israeli regime to ban gatherings in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the Damascus Gate of the Old City of al-Quds, and riots by far-right Jewish groups.

The escalations further intensified after Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque compound – the third-holiest site for Muslims – several times during Ramadan, wounding hundreds of Palestinians.

The raids prompted Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip to respond to Israeli acts of aggression, and fire retaliatory rockets into Israeli-occupied territories.

The Israeli army then launched a devastating 11-day offensive on the besieged Palestinian coastal enclave that killed at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.

The four Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah have requested that Israel's supreme court hear an appeal on their case.

The threatened Sheikh Jarrah expulsions have drawn international attention and sparked global outrage.

Palestinian youth injured by settler gunfire in Sheikh Jarrah

Meanwhile, a young Palestinian man was injured on Monday morning when an extremist Jewish settler opened fire at him near Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Local sources said the settler opened fire at the youth during a solidarity event with the Sheikh Jarrah residents, lightly injuring him in the leg.

Israeli police closed off the area following the incident.

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