UNRWA condemns demolition of Palestinian home in East Jerusalem

Israeli police evicted the Salhiyya household from their two adjoining homes, based on information experiences, within the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem early on Wednesday, and later tore down the buildings – a transfer which UNRWA’s West Financial institution discipline workplace has condemned. 

Workers who visited the scene on Thursday morning noticed the overall destruction of the property, with college baggage, garments and household images nonetheless partially seen beneath the rubble. 

Towards worldwide regulation 

“Beneath worldwide humanitarian regulation, the forcible switch of protected individuals, in addition to the destruction of actual or private property belonging individually or collectively to non-public individuals by Israel, because the occupying energy, is strictly forbidden, besides the place such measures could be rendered completely essential by crucial navy causes, or for the safety of the inhabitants beneath occupation,” the company said. 

The 15-member Salhiyya household, who embrace an older lady and younger youngster, had been dwelling in Sheikh Jarrah for almost 40 years, based on UNRWA.   

The neigbourhood and tensions surrounding evictions, and tried evictions, was on the coronary heart of brutal preventing that erupted final 12 months in Gaza, between Israel and the militant group, Hamas. 

Arrests and accidents 

Israeli forces raided the 2 Salhiyya homes on the property, at 3am on Wednesday, whereas the household was sleeping.   

In a matter of hours the houses, in addition to their possessions, had been destroyed, UNRWA mentioned, including that Israeli forces injured a number of members of the family through the eviction operations. 

The pinnacle of the household, Mahmoud Salhiyya, together with different family members, was additionally arrested.  Mr. Salhiyya had threatened to set himself on hearth two days in the past after Israeli forces demolished his enterprise, positioned subsequent door. 

Different households in danger 

UNRWA said that sadly, instances just like the Salhiyya’s aren’t distinctive as scores of Palestine refugee households in numerous areas of Sheikh Jarrah alone – over 200 individuals, lots of them youngsters – at the moment face imminent menace of eviction.  

Throughout East Jerusalem, an estimated 218 Palestinian households are liable to displacement by the Israeli authorities, the company mentioned, citing 2020 information from the UN humanitarian affairs workplace, OCHA

These households comprise some 970 individuals, together with 424 youngsters. 

UNRWA known as on the Israeli authorities to abide by worldwide regulation and, because the occupying energy, to make sure the safety of Palestine refugees and civilians within the West Financial institution, together with East Jerusalem.  

“All people have a proper to protected and safe housing and to dwell in peace and dignity,” mentioned the company. 

Businesses name for launch of critically in poor health youngster 

In one other growth within the area, UNRWA and two different UN companies are calling for the quick launch of a critically in poor health Palestinian youngster detained in Israel. 

Amal Nakhleh, now 18, has been held with out cost for greater than a 12 months, a measure often called administrative detention.  He has a uncommon neuromuscular dysfunction, based on media experiences. 

Israel has prolonged his detention till 18 Could, based on a statement issued on Thursday by the UN Kids’s Fund (UNICEF), UNRWA, and the UN human rights workplace, OHCHR

“Neither Amal nor his attorneys or household have been knowledgeable of the explanations for his arrest and detention. Amal suffers from a extreme autoimmune illness that requires steady medical therapy and monitoring,” they mentioned. 

Not an remoted case 

The UN companies known as for his “quick and unconditional launch”, in step with worldwide human rights regulation. 

This isn’t an remoted case, they added, as at the moment not less than three Palestinians are in administrative detention who had been beneath age 18 once they had been first detained. 

“We echo the calls of the UN Secretary-Common who in his Report on Kids and Armed Battle has, yearly since 2015, urges Israel to finish the executive detention of youngsters. This observe deprives youngsters of their liberty and should instantly finish.” 


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