Palestinians reject proposal to end Sheikh Jarrah conflict

Cedars-Sinai hospital in Jerusalem and Har Homa in the West Bank. United Nations Cedars-Sinai hospital in Jerusalem and Har Homa in the West Bank. United Nations (CNN) – Hundreds of people from the war-scarred…

Palestinians reject proposal to end Sheikh Jarrah conflict

Cedars-Sinai hospital in Jerusalem and Har Homa in the West Bank. United Nations

Cedars-Sinai hospital in Jerusalem and Har Homa in the West Bank. United Nations

(CNN) – Hundreds of people from the war-scarred Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem Tuesday rejected an Israeli proposal to end their long-running struggle over the ownership of nearby homes and homes.

“We will never accept a deal that takes from us our homes,” said Bassem Awad, head of the boycott committee of Sheikh Jarrah. “We will not accept to continue to have one’s home taken by the state, to have one’s children being forced to run away from home because they are the least controversial and the weakest and to see most of the residents having to leave and flee to rented apartments when all their infrastructure has been destroyed and a school has been destroyed.”

Meanwhile, calls mounted for Israel to freeze plans to forcibly evict families from Sheikh Jarrah, particularly after reports that settlement housing projects in annexed east Jerusalem have been approved and settlers have been granted government approval to expand their legal status.

Tuesday was the first day that Palestinians outside of Sheikh Jarrah, which has experienced a lot of trouble over the past several months, could be able to march, some with relatives of Sheikh Jarrah residents.

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The demonstrations come as Israeli police said they launched a large-scale operation against “illegal settlement construction and infrastructure projects” in the West Bank, as a response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the West Bank as Israeli territory.

This prompted the Palestinians to demand the West Bank’s borders be redrawn to strip Israel of the West Bank city of East Jerusalem, among other proposals.

Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrated in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, with some chanting “We’ll never accept the Trump speech!” They held rallies and expressed their anger over Trump’s decision.

Protests also took place in the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan, where Palestinian factions denounced Trump’s move.

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