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UN warns Israel’s forced evictions in East Jerusalem could amount to war crimes amid violent clashes in annexed area

UN warns Israel’s forced evictions in East Jerusalem could amount to war crimes amid violent clashes in annexed area

UN Special Coordinator

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After the Israeli occupation attempted to participate in forced evictions within the annexed portion of the occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations has cautioned that Israel's conduct in East Jerusalem "may amount to war crimes.

 

" “We want to be clear: East Jerusalem is still part of the occupied Palestinian territory, and international humanitarian law still applies,” Colville said.

Moving people from an occupied territory is a criminal offense under international law, and it "can amount to war crimes," he said. Several Israeli allies, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, have called on Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied West Bank this week. If the European countries' appeal to Israel is ignored, "the decision to advance settlements in Har Homa, between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem, would do more harm to the prospects for a viable Palestinian State," according to a joint statement released on Thursday.

 

The situation in East Jerusalem has been particularly tense recently, with clashes between Israeli police and people supporting Palestinian families who are at risk of being evicted from the Sheikh Jarrah area.

Riot officers were deployed, using water cannons and tear gas on the crowd as an Israeli high court judge considers whether to overrule a move to evict the Palestinians and grant them the right to stay in their homes. However, if the court allows the eviction to proceed, six families face the threat of swift removal, and seven more could be forced out by August, with a total of around 60 people affected first-hand in total.

 

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