The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Philip Lazzarini, said that the suffering of residents threatened with eviction from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem goes beyond reality.
He added during a press conference held today, Wednesday, in front of one of the houses threatened with forced eviction in favor of settlement in the neighborhood, “It is very difficult to explain how the lives of the families of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood are going, and there is a constant threat, which turned their lives upside down in a period of 3 decades.”
He continued, “We know that the decision to evacuate may take place at any moment, and we know that it has been postponed, but it has not been completely suspended,” calling for a halt to the forced eviction of the population, considering it flagrantly inconsistent with international humanitarian law.
He pointed out that “UNRWA continues to call on the Israeli authorities to stop the eviction procedures and protect the rights and dignity of Palestinian refugees in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and in the West Bank, and that Israel, as an occupying and colonial power, must abide by these matters.”
During his visit, Lazzarini was briefed on the daily situation of Palestinian families from the danger of displacement, the strict occupation measures in the neighborhood, including barriers and cement cubes that impede the movement of citizens, and the daily presence of the occupation forces and settlers in it.