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    More Trouble In Israel

    UN council meets on Jerusalem violence, considers statement

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council held emergency consultations Monday on escalating violence in east Jerusalem and was considering a proposed statement calling on Israel to cease evictions and calling for “restraint” and respect for “the historic status quo at the holy sites.”

    Ireland’s U.N. ambassador, Geraldine Byrne Nason, who joined in calling for the emergency meeting, said that “the Security Council should urgently speak out, and we hope that it will be able to do so today.”

    Council diplomats said all 15 members expressed concern at the clashes and rising violence but the United States, Israel’s closest ally, said a statement might not be useful at this time.

    U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price, speaking to reporters in Washington, said the Biden administration wants to ensure that anything from the Security Council “be that statements or anything else -- don’t escalate tensions. That’s our overriding priority.”

    The U.S. agreed to have council experts discuss the statement after all other members said the U.N.’s most powerful body must react, the council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because consultations were private. But the U.S. was still wary late Monday afternoon, they said.

    The draft statement would express the Security Council’s “grave concern” at escalating tensions and violence in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and “serious concern” over the possible evictions of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, “many of whom have lived in their homes for generations.”

    There have been weeks of mounting tensions and almost nightly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops in the Old City of Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, already a time of heightened religious sensitivities.

    Most recently, the tensions have been fueled by the planned eviction of dozens of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem where Israeli settlers have waged a lengthy legal battle to take over properties.

    The proposed statement would call on Israel “to cease settlement activities, demolitions and evictions, including in east Jerusalem in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law” and refrain from unilateral steps “that exacerbate tensions and undermine the viability of the two-state solution.”
    Palestinians fear loss of family homes as evictions loom

    Today, two towering pines named for Mousa and Daoud stand watch over the entrance to the garden where they all played as children. Pink bougainvillea climbs an iron archway on a path leading past almond, orange and lemon trees to their modest stone house.

    “The Samira tree has no leaves,” she says, pointing to the cypress that bears her name. “But the roots are strong.”

    She and her husband, empty nesters with grown children of their own, may have to leave it all behind on Aug. 1. That’s when Israel is set to forcibly evict them following a decades-long legal battle waged by ideological Jewish settlers against them and their neighbors.

    The Dajanis are one of several Palestinian families facing imminent eviction in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem. The families’ plight has ignited weeks of demonstrations and clashes in recent days between protesters and Israeli police.

    It also highlights an array of discriminatory polices that rights groups say are aimed at pushing Palestinians out of Jerusalem to preserve its Jewish majority. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem and the New York-based Human Rights Watch both pointed to such policies as an example of what they say has become an apartheid regime.
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    Israel learned it's lessons from the US.

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    Evictions?

    The usual reason for evictions in Jerusalem is Jews reclaiming property they were ethnically cleansed from--why is the ethnic cleansing acceptable but undoing it wrong?

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    And right on cue...LP rushes in to declare that there is nothing that Israelis can do wrong, and nothing that Palestinians can do right.

    If a patch of land falls in what Loren describes as "Greater Israel" then anyone even remotely Palestinian in the vicinity is a "terrorist."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ford View Post
    And right on cue...LP rushes in to declare that there is nothing that Israelis can do wrong, and nothing that Palestinians can do right.
    Would you consider Hamas shooting hundreds of rockets at Israel "Palestinians doing right"?

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    Haven't we seen this before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    Evictions?

    The usual reason for evictions in Jerusalem is Jews reclaiming property they were ethnically cleansed from--why is the ethnic cleansing acceptable but undoing it wrong?
    Do you support Palestinians reclaiming property they were ethnically cleansed from, Loren?

    I mean, if you're going to be joining us human rights advocates (HRWs?), you're going to have to advocate for everyone's rights equally.

    Or are you going to argue that Jewish Israelis and Palestinians are so different, saying one group has human rights implies the others aren't human?

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    Palestinian accuses guy of stealing the house her family has lived in for decades. The guy agrees he is stealing it, but if he doesn't someone else will, so it doesn't matter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arctish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    Evictions?

    The usual reason for evictions in Jerusalem is Jews reclaiming property they were ethnically cleansed from--why is the ethnic cleansing acceptable but undoing it wrong?
    Do you support Palestinians reclaiming property they were ethnically cleansed from, Loren?

    I mean, if you're going to be joining us human rights advocates (HRWs?), you're going to have to advocate for everyone's rights equally.

    Or are you going to argue that Jewish Israelis and Palestinians are so different, saying one group has human rights implies the others aren't human?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    Evictions?

    The usual reason for evictions in Jerusalem is Jews reclaiming property they were ethnically cleansed from--why is the ethnic cleansing acceptable but undoing it wrong?
    No.

    THIS is ethnic cleansing.

    And it has been going on for decades.

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