Hamas warns Israel against forceful eviction of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned Israel against evicting Palestinians in East al-Quds, as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its home demolition and land expropriation policies in the Occupied Territories.
According to Press TV, in a statement on Sunday, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, held the Israeli regime responsible for harming the inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah district of al-Quds, where Palestinian homes and structures are being demolished for the construction of a new settlement outpost in the area.
“The mass displacement of our people in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the seizure of their homes is an obvious targeting of the Palestinian identity of al-Quds and the Palestinian presence in the city,” Barhoum said.
The remarks came after a court ruled that at least six Palestinian families must vacate their homes in the area by Thursday, despite having lived there for generations.
The same court also ruled that seven other Palestinian families face eviction from their homes by August 1. That is a total of 58 people including 17 children.
Barhoum argued that normalization deals between Israel and several Arab states have encouraged the Tel Aviv regime to expand its occupation of Palestinian territories and escalate construction of housing units, mainly in East al-Quds and surrounding neighborhoods.
He added that a national resistance strategy should be adopted in order to confront the Israeli aggression.
The Hamas spokesman further urged Palestinians to intensify their presence in the streets of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to prevent the implementation of “Zionist schemes.”
Barhoum also called on the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as well as the broader Muslim world to assume their responsibilities in protecting Palestinians and supporting their resistance.