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UN demands Israel ends displacements after eviction of Palestinian family

January 19, 2022 at 8:06 pm

UN Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland on February 17, 2009 [KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/ Getty Images]

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, demanded, Wednesday, that Israeli authorities end the displacement of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Wennesland’s call at the UN Security Council briefing came after Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian’s home earlier Wednesday that is at the centre of an anti-expulsion campaign in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

Israeli police went to the home of the Salhiyeh family before dawn and assaulted several occupants, Walid Tayeh, the family’s lawyer, told Anadolu Agency.

Wennesland voiced concern about the potential evictions of more Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods, which he said would prompt violence.

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“I call on Israeli authorities to end the displacement and eviction of Palestinians, in line with its obligations under international law, and to approve additional plans that would enable Palestinian communities to build legally and address their development needs,” said Wennesland.

Israeli police said it enforced a court-approved eviction order of what it called “illegal buildings built on grounds designated for a school.”

The house has been at the centre of an anti-expulsion campaign since 2017, when Israeli municipal authorities allocated the land where the house sits to build a school.

The Salhiyeh family said they have been living in the home since 1948 after they were expelled from the Ein Karen neighbourhood in West Jerusalem.