Jerusalem Police on Tuesday morning removed a tent in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah that had served as the living quarters for the Gawi family – one of two families that was evicted from its home in the neighborhood in August after lengthy court battles with Jewish claimants to the properties.
A Jerusalem Municipality statement confirmed that the tent, which had been erected on the sidewalk, had been removed because “it was in violation of the law due to the obstruction it caused and the danger it posed to pedestrians.”
Tensions in the neighborhood have remained high since the two evictions
over the summer, the subsequent entry of Jewish families into the
evicted homes, and the entry of an additional Jewish family into a
section of the second, al-Kurd family home, in November.
Additionally, weekly protests against such evictions in the
neighborhood have swelled in recent months to include hundreds of
Israelis, and allegations of stron-armed police tactics during those
protests have led to condemnations from left-wing groups.