UN: Evicting Arab Squatters ´Violates Geneva Convention´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/19/12)
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A senior UN official on Wednesday condemned Israel´s eviction of Arab
squatters from two houses in eastern Jerusalem.
"Evictions of Palestinians from their homes and properties in
occupied territory contravene international law, including the Fourth
Geneva Convention, and should cease," UN humanitarian coordinator
Maxwell Gaylard said.
Israel liberated Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem from 19 years
of Jordanian occupation in the 1967 Six Day War. Israel subsequently
annexed Jerusalem and declared the city to be its "eternal and
The formal position of the United Nations is that Israel is
an ‘occupying power’ in the liberated areas, while Israel defines
easter Jerusalem as a part of Israel proper, and Judea and Samaria
as ‘disputed territories´ - which does not preclude development and
The matter has never been decided by a competent international court.
Gaylard´s remarks came after Israel Police on Wednesday evicted two
Arab families who were illegally occupying two homes that legally
belonged to Jews in eastern Jerusalem.
The squatters had chosen to remain despite having been served with a
court order directing them to move.
"Jews own the buildings according to all legal opinions," Jerusalem
activist Aryeh King said. “The land was purchased from Arabs by legal
means, and was registered under the name of the Jewish owners.”
A court had ruled that the Arab family living in the buildings had no
right to the property, he continued. Despite the verdict, the Jewish
owners offered the Arabs hundreds of thousands of shekels to
leave, “going beyond the letter of the law,” King said. The Arabs
refused the offer.
More evictions of Arab squatters in eastern Jerusalem are expected in
the coming months as senior officials respond to sharp criticism that
the Israel Police and IDF have systemically refused to enforce land-
use and ownership laws in Arab neighborhoods.
Earlier this year, the State Prosecutor´s office formed a panel to
review discrepancies in policy and enforcement in eastern Jerusalem,
and to reformulate policy more clearly to ensure proper enforcement.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/19/12)
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