On Saturday lawyers served eviction notices to two Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, a focus of clashes between Arab residents and settlers. The families were ordered to vacate their properties within 45 days.
“The danger is that whether intentionally or in error, the government is aiding the transfer of assets to extremist settlers who want to create provocations in Jerusalem and frustrate any possibility of a two-state solution [two the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Hagit Ofran of the Peace Now movement told Haaretz.
Saturday’s notices threatened owners of the two properties with legal action and fines. The notices did not reveal names of the claimants to the properties.
On Friday, recipients of the eviction notices approached left-wing activists demonstrating in Sheikh Jarrah to ask for help in fighting the orders.