AA / New York
The United Nations on Thursday called on Israel to respect the status quo in Jerusalem and to stop settlement, eviction and demolition operations against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
This was stated by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, “Rose Marie DiCarlo”, during the international conference which is currently being held via video conference under the theme: “The forced demographic change in Jerusalem : serious violations and threat to peace. “
The conference, organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, shed light on current Israeli practices aimed at changing the demographics in East Jerusalem, while highlighting the emphasis on evictions and demolition of Palestinian homes.
The one-day conference brought together a number of representatives of United Nations Member States, in addition to representatives of human rights organizations.
In his address, DiCarlo stressed the need to “respect the status quo in Jerusalem and to stop demolitions, evictions and illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories”.
She urged the Israelis and the Palestinians to resume negotiations to reach a two-state solution, with the support of the Middle East Quartet (the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia).
For his part, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, called on the International Criminal Court to “accelerate its investigations into the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people in their occupied territories”.
Mansour said in his intervention at the conference: “If international law and United Nations resolutions are important, practical steps should be taken to support the Palestinian people.
The Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Rights of the Palestinian People, Sheikh Niang, stressed during the conference that “the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem constitute a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions and international law” ‘.
Niang said that the continued establishment of settlements “constitutes a major obstacle to peace between Palestinians and Israelis”.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Samer Bakr, called on the international community to activate international legal mechanisms to hold Israel accountable for its continued violations of international law.
This session comes amid a context favored by the continuation of unjust Israeli practices in East Jerusalem, the last of which is Tuesday, when the occupation authorities stormed the neighborhood of Silwan, where they carried out the demolition of a store. Worse yet, reports of their intention to demolish 100 Palestinian homes in the city, under the pretext of building without a permit.
Twenty-eight Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem are at risk of being evicted from their homes where they have resided since 1956.
The United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was established in 1975 in accordance with General Assembly resolution 3376 which requested it to recommend an implementation program to enable the Palestinian people to ” exercise their inalienable rights.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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