100+ Groups Condemn Israeli Violence in East Jerusalem and Gaza | Common Dreams News

The groups’ statement says the current conflagration is part of a “broader context of Israel’s ongoing policy to forcibly remove Palestinians from their homes through eviction, home demolition, and displacement.”

As the death toll from Israel’s ongoing air and artillery strikes in Gaza topped 120 on Friday and as Israeli security forces killed at least 10 Arab protesters in the occupied West Bank, over 100 U.S.-based advocacy groups issued a statement urging the Biden administration to condemn the Israeli government’s plan to ethnically cleanse thousands of Palestinians from neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. 

The groups—which include peace, faith-based, labor, racial justice, and other organizations—wrote that they “stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem currently at risk of losing their homes and call on the Biden administration to immediately and publicly condemn the Israeli government’s plans to forcibly displace 1,550 Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Bustan neighborhoods,” while urging the U.S. administration to “exert the utmost diplomatic pressure to prevent these potential war crimes from taking place.”

The statement says the planned expulsions are occurring in the “broader context of Israel’s ongoing policy to forcibly remove Palestinians from their homes through eviction, home demolition, and displacement, with the express intent of pushing Palestinians out of Jerusalem in order to create and maintain a Jewish majority and supremacy in the city.” 

100+ Groups Condemn Israeli Violence in East Jerusalem and Gaza | Common Dreams News