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The occupation arrests 13 Palestinians ... and the United Nations: possible Israeli war crimes in Sheikh Jarrah

Today, Saturday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 13 Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem.


The Palestinian News Agency "Wafa" reported that the forces raided a number of homes in the Old City, and in the neighborhoods of Al-Suwana, Al-Issawiya, Ras Al-Amoud, and Silwan, and arrested 13 Palestinians, and raided the home of the Fatah Youth leader in Al-Issawiya, but they did not find him in the house.


The United Nations urged Israel to immediately stop all forced evictions against the Palestinians, especially in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, warning that these measures may amount to war crimes.


During a press conference held on Friday in Geneva, the spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Robert Colville, indicated that the orders to carry out the evacuations, if issued and implemented, would constitute a violation by Israel of its obligations under international law.


The UN official referred to the two laws that Israel relies on in the implementation of forced evictions, namely the Absentees' Property Law and the Legal and Administrative Matters Law of 1970, pointing out that Israel applies them in a discriminatory manner based on the nationality or origin of the owner, which in practice allows it to transfer its residents to potential East Jerusalem. .


He continued, "It is prohibited to transfer groups of the civilian population of the occupying power to the territories it occupies in accordance with international humanitarian law, and this may amount to a war crime."


Colville warned that at least 970 Palestinians, including 424 children, are facing the risk of displacement according to the eviction lawsuits, most of which were initiated by settlement associations, adding: "Given the disturbing scenes in Sheikh Jarrah during the past days, we would like to emphasize that East Jerusalem remains part of the Palestinian territories." Occupied territories, and international humanitarian law applies to them. "


The spokesman called on the Israeli authorities to respect the law and private property in the potential lands, stressing that it is not permissible for Israel to impose its own laws in the occupied lands to expel the Palestinian residents from their homes.


These statements came against the background of the outbreak of confrontations in East Jerusalem between the Israeli police and the Palestinians protesting against the decision to evacuate a number of families in Sheikh Jarrah.