3 Aug 2009

Palestinian families in East Jerusalem evicted

5:58 am on 3 August 2009

Israeli police have evicted nine Palestinian families living in two houses in occupied East Jerusalem.

Jewish settlers moved into the houses almost immediately.

The United States has urged Israel to abandon plans for a building project in the area, and the evictions have been condemned by the United Nations, the Palestinians and the British government.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since 1967, a move not recognised by the international community.

The operation to evict the 53 Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah district of the city was carried out by police in riot gear on Sunday.

It followed a ruling by Israel's Supreme Court based on 19th-century documents, that the land originally belonged to Jewish families.

Some 200,000 Jews live in East Jerusalem, alongside about 250,000 Palestinians.