JERUSALEM, PALESTINE: An Israeli court on Tuesday suspended the eviction order against a Palestinian family, who lived in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the occupied East Jerusalem.
The decision was welcomed by the family that would otherwise be evicted in March.
Recent provocative acts of certain Jewish groups in the region are believed to have affected the court’s decision.
Last week, at least 31 Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood sustained injuries and 12 others were detained when the Israeli forces attacked a rally by the Palestinians who were protesting Israeli eviction orders against Palestinian families.
Last year, tensions ran high in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood after an Israeli court ordered the eviction of several Palestinian families in favor of Israeli settlers.
In 1956, 28 families settled in Sheikh Jarrah under an agreement between the Jordanian government, which ruled the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, before the Israeli occupation in 1967, and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
Israeli settlement associations, however, claim that the homes were built on land that was owned by Jews before 1948, a claim vehemently rejected by Palestinians.