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What can stop Palestinians being evicted from Sheikh Jarrah?

Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood face the imminent threat of eviction by Israel.

Although Sheikh Jarrah makes up just a tiny part of occupied East Jerusalem, the area is a major source of tension between Palestinians and Israelis.

A recent order to evict Palestinian families has triggered days of violent protests.

On Friday, more than 200 people were injured when Israeli security forces stormed the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to clear demonstrators.

Despite international calls for restraint, the protests are intensifying.

So why is the Sheikh Jarrah dispute so contentious?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Fadwa Khader – Political activist and member of the Palestinian People’s Party, the PPP

Yossi Mekelberg – Professor of international relations and associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House

Rami Khouri – Senior public policy fellow and professor at American University of Beirut