About that “Real Estate Dispute” in Sheikh Jarrah

Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“When the Israeli government describes the conflict over the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem as just a ‘real-estate dispute,’ it has a point. Palestinian families are at risk of eviction (and some have already been evicted) from homes they’ve lived in for many years so that Jewish settlers, many of whom were born in Brooklyn, N.Y., can move into them. This is being done on the basis of a 1970 law that permits Jews to acquire Palestinian properties that are said to have been once owned by Jews. Also, under a 1950s law, the Israeli government claimed the properties of so-called ‘absentee’ Palestinians, even if those individuals displaced by war and other means were refugees living elsewhere in Israel.” (05/28/21)