JERUSALEM (Reuters/AFP) - Israeli police evicted two Palestinian families on Sunday from homes in Arab East Jerusalem and Jews moved in, despite pressure from Israels main ally, the United States, to freeze settlements. Police said they were acting on eviction orders issued by an Israeli court, which upheld a settler organisations land ownership claim based on 19th-century documents. In legal proceedings stretching back to the 1980s, Palestinians have disputed the claim in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood that has become a focal point of settler development plans in East Jerusalem. The Israeli Supreme Court ordered the evictions following an appeal by the Nahalat Shimon International settler group which claimed Jewish settlers have title deeds for the properties, despite UN and Palestinian denials. We are thrown out and they let settlers inside our house. God is with us, a Palestinian resident screamed at police as Jewish families entered the dwellings. As some settlers carried boxes containing the belongings of the expelled families to a truck, others moved into the houses holding drills, shovels and ladders. Police clashed with protesters and detained around 10 people as border guards and an ambulance were seen nearby. We are all afraid of being kicked out, said Amal Kassem, a Sheikh Jarrah resident for more than five decades. She said Jewish settlers were holding fake title deeds to homes which the Palestinians obtained in line with a deal struck between Jordan and the UN agency for refugees in 1956, when Jordan had jurisdiction over the area. UN agencies and the British consulate condemned the Israeli action. Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, called the evictions totally unacceptable, noting that international mediators recently appealed to Israel to stop provocative actions in East Jerusalem. I deplore the totally unacceptable actions by Israel in which Israeli security forces evicted Palestinian refugee families registered with UNWRA from their homes in the Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah to allow settlers to take possession of their properties, said Richard Miron of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. The British consulate, which is located in Sheikh Jarrah along with a number of other foreign missions, echoed the view. The Israelis claim that the imposition of extremist Jewish settlers into this ancient Arab neighbourhood is a matter for the courts or the municipality is unacceptable, it said in a statement. These actions are incompatible with the Israeli professed desire for peace. We urge Israel not to allow the extremists to set the agenda. Expressing his outrage at evictions, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, said Israel was demonstrating its utter failure to respect international law. Israel, the occupying power, once again has shown its commitment to the settler organisations by evicting more than 50 Palestinians, many of them children, from the houses where they have lived for more than 50 years, he said. New settlers from abroad are accommodating themselves and their belongings in the Palestinian houses and 19 newly homeless children will have nowhere to sleep.