Human Rights office concerned about forceful eviction of Palestinians by Israel

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A Bedouin child wanders away from his home in al-Hadidiya village in the West Bank, which is now within a closed military zone claimed by the Israeli army. [Photo: IRIN/Phoebe Greenwood]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the forced eviction and forcible transfer of Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as a result of a series of demolitions carried out by Israeli authorities in at least six different locations since 19 August 2013.

Spokesperson Cecile Pouilly told reporters in Geneva that in one incident, on 19 August, Israeli authorities demolished all of the structures in the Bedouin community of Tel al Adassa in East Jerusalem, rendering all 7 families –a total of 39 people, homeless, citing a lack of building permits.

"The Israeli authorities ordered the community to evacuate the area permanently or to risk high monetary fines and confiscation of livestock. No alternative locations or housing options were offered. Left with no choice, the community has split and moved to two different locations, where they remain vulnerable to further demolitions and repeated displacement due to lack of legal security of tenure and inability to obtain building permits.

In this case, the permanent removal of the families may amount to a violation of the prohibition the forcible transfer of individuals or communities under article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention."

Spokesperson Cecile Pouilly says the case also raises concerns regarding the prohibition on forced eviction under international human rights law, and the enjoyment of the rights to adequate housing and freedom from arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family and home.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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