Tor Winsland, the UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process, warned Thursday that Palestinians in the neighborhoods of “Sheikh Jarrah” and “Silwan” are facing the risk of displacement.
This is with the start of the eviction cases pending before the Israeli courts, considering that the matter “remains a source of great concern.”
Winsland said at the regular session of the UN Security Council held in New York on the situation in the Middle East.
It is “the absence of a political horizon after decades of conflict between the Palestinians and Israel that kills hope and creates space for those who are not interested in sustainable peace.”
The UN official warned of what he called “the lack of light at the end of the tunnel” between the Palestinians and Israel.
He added, “Only through negotiations that end the Israeli occupation and achieve a viable two-state solution.”
On the basis of United Nations resolutions, international law and mutual agreements with Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and Israel, we can hope for an end to the costly and meaningless violence. “
Winsland considered that “the possible evacuations in occupied East Jerusalem are still a source of great concern.”
Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods face the risk of displacement, with the start of eviction cases by settler organizations currently pending before Israeli courts.
He stressed that “all settlement activities are illegal under international law, and Israel must stop the demolition and appropriation of Palestinian property.”
In line with its obligations under international humanitarian law, and to allow the Palestinians in Area (C) and East Jerusalem to develop their societies. “
In terms of security and administration, Israel controls the areas classified (C) according to the Oslo agreement signed with the Palestinian side in 1995.
It is estimated at about 60 percent of the West Bank, and prohibits any change in it, including construction.
The holding of the Israeli court follows a wave of violence in the Palestinian territories that erupted on April 13th, as a result of “brutal” attacks.
Where it is committed by the Israeli police and its settlers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, in an attempt to evacuate 12 Palestinian homes and hand them over to settlers.