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UN calls on Israel to stop evicting Palestinians

December 22, 2021 at 9:06 am

Nabil al-Kurd poses for a photo as the risk of eviction from their homes continues in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on November 7, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israel must immediately halt its settlement activities, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the peace process in the Middle East said yesterday.

Tor Wennesland called on Israel “to cease the advancement of all settlement activities immediately,” describing the move as a “flagrant violation of UN resolutions.”

Speaking at a UN Security Council briefing, Wennesland demanded a “cessation of all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories,” adding that the “violent incidents have unfortunately continued.”

Referring to the evictions carried out against Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods of occupied East Jerusalem, Wennesland called on the occupation authorities “to end the displacement and eviction of Palestinians, while enabling them to build legally and address their development need.”

The UN official expressed his “continued concern” over the “deteriorating security situation in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”

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