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A Palestinian adolescent retains the scars of the eviction struggle in Jerusalem.

Jana Kiswani (L) is 16 years old (AFP via Getty Images)

Jana Kiswani, a 16-year-old Palestinian, was shot in the back by an Israeli police officer as she entered her home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, according to her relatives.

The kid, who has a shattered spine, bears witness to the emotions and violence that surrounded an Israeli court’s decision to remove eight Palestinian families from houses seized by Jewish settlers.

The Sheikh Jarrah conflict sparked 11 days of heavy fighting between Israel and Gaza’s governing Hamas terrorist organization last month, and frequent protests and clashes with Israeli police have kept emotions high in the area.

On the 18th of May, Ms. Kiswani was shot during a clash in Sheikh Jarrah. When the officer shot, she said she was obeying police directions to get inside.

“I didn’t do anything. I didn’t pick up a rock, or even say a word to him or argue with him or anything, he had no right to shoot me,” Mr Kiswani told Reuters. “If it’s not safe in my own home, where is it safe?”

When asked about Ms. Kiswani’s shooting, an Israeli police spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident explicitly, but did say that several events that day were under investigation. The police officer who shot her has been suspended, according to Israel’s Kan public channel.

As her relatives ran to her rescue, CCTV video from the teenager’s house showed her tumbling to the ground in the courtyard and a stun grenade bursting.

The long-term effects of her injuries, according to her relatives, are yet unknown. The young lady is in bed, taking painkillers and sitting up, and will shortly begin physiotherapy.

Based on documentation from the 19th century, an Israeli district court found in favor of Jewish settler allegations that the property on which the eight families live used to belong to Jews in October.

The families have petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court to examine the case, with a decision on whether the appeal will be heard pending. Ms Kiswani’s family is not among those facing eviction right now.

Israel defines the Sheikh Jarrah conflict as a property dispute in the courts, and claims that police are upholding the quiet despite occasionally violent protests in the area.

In a 1967 conflict, Israel took East Jerusalem and annexed it in a move that was not recognized by the international world.

It views the entire city of Jerusalem to be its capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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