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How Israel is turning Sheikh Jarrah into another HebronB696146A-7C75-40FC-8B38-383B61520B38

How Israel is turning Sheikh Jarrah into another HebronB696146A-7C75-40FC-8B38-383B61520B38
Israeli police have transformed Sheikh Jarrah into a hyper-militarized area designed to quash Palestinian resistance and embolden Jewish settlers.

p p p p In recent weeks, Othman Ibn Affan, the main thoroughfare in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, has begun to resemble Hebron’s infamous segregated Shuhada Street.But like in Shuhada Street — where non-resident Palestinians are banned, and local Palestinians live under the constant threat of violence by settlers and soldiers alike — the police’s goal in Sheikh Jarrah is to choke Palestinian presence in the neighborhood and to quash any form of resistance, from demonstrations to street art.What began as a single checkpoint in Sheikh Jarrah, however, turned into a permanent police presence on May 16, after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into officers standing at the checkpoint, wounding seven; the police shot dead the assailant.The limitations on movement have had a severe effect on the life of Sheikh Jarrah’s residents in recent weeks.

“The street has become Shuhada number two,” said Salah Diab, a Palestinian resident under threat of being expelled from his home and one of the leaders of the struggle in Sheikh Jarrah.” The “Hebronization” of Sheikh Jarrah is further apparent in the intensive police activity over recent weeks.

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