Israel plays for time on flashpoint Jerusalem evictions

12th May, 2021

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A Palestinian protester carrying the national flag confronts Israeli security forces during a demonstration against the expansion of settlements near the village of Beit Dajan, in the occupied West Bank, on January 8, 2021 AFP


Israel's attorney-general secured a deferment on Sunday of a court hearing on planned evictions of Palestinians in Jerusalem, a session that had threatened to stoke more violence in the holy city and heighten international concern. The government could now have some breathing room to try to defuse a tinderbox situation in Jerusalem, where the court case and friction during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have led to clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police.

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