Security and countering violence

The United Nations Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 1967, issued a statement calling on Israel to stop its orders to evict Palestinian families living in occupied East Jerusalem.

Michael Lynk argues that these expulsions aim to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem in order to establish new demographics which would, also, legitimize the annexation of Israel in this region.

The UN Special Rapporteur has revealed that Israeli courts have issued 16 eviction orders against families living in the historic Palestinian neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. According to the expert, the occupation seeks to make these neighbourhoods slowly disappear so as to “physically fragment East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.” 

Michael Lynk said the eviction orders come from complaints filed by settler organizations, primarily the Nahalat Shimon and Ateret Cohanim.

According to reports published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), deportations in East Jerusalem currently target 877 people, including 391 children affecting, thus, hundreds of families.