Why we went to the UN Security Council about East Jerusalem?
- By: Dr. Yudith Oppenheimer
Last week, as the Executive Director of Ir Amim, I spoke before the United Nations Security Council at a session discussing the Middle East. Having accepted an invitation from the French presidency on behalf of the Security Council, I presented the dire and unprecedented situation in East Jerusalem whereby four Palestinian communities, numbering approximately 3000 individuals, are simultaneously under impending threat of mass displacement. Of these four communities - Sheikh Jarrah, Batan al-Hawa, Al Bustan, and Al Walajeh – the first two face eviction at the hands of settler groups operating with the full complicity and backing of the State, while imminent mass home demolitions loom over the latter two as the direct result of government policy.
The four communities, which together number about 300 families, are at a critical junction in terms of exhausting the limited legal proceedings available to them; the danger of their displacement is fast-approaching.