Amnesty International: Israel should scrap Silwan forced evictions plans

Palestinian-owned buildings in Silwan, East Jerusalem, have been demolished on the orders of the Israeli municipal authorities © Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Saleh Higazi, said that what's currently happening in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan "is yet another illustration of Israel’s criminal policy of forced displacement of Palestinians in motion."

“By continuing to pursue this court case - after the outcry over the planned forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem – Israel is fanning the flames of the latest upsurge in violence and perpetuating the same systematic human rights violations against Palestinians that are at the root of the latest violence," Higazi said.

“For years Israel has sought to expand illegal settlements in the area of Silwan, forcibly displacing more than 200 Palestinians from their homes."

“The recent protests locally and worldwide against forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah send a clear message that Israel’s land grabs will not go unnoticed. Israel’s authorities must immediately halt plans for forced evictions in Batn al-Hawa in Silwan and any other areas of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Such forced evictions flagrantly violate the prohibition in international humanitarian law of forcible transfer and amount to war crimes," he added.

“Let us be clear, the USA, UK, EU countries and the international community at large have a responsibility to stop Israel from continuing with its policies of forcible transfer and dispossession. Instead of allowing Israel to trample over Palestinians’ rights with impunity, there must be a concerted effort to address the systematic oppression and dispossession of Palestinians which are among the root causes of these repeated cycles of violence and civilian bloodshed," he concluded.

Source : Safa