The United Nations (UN) on Friday called for Israeli authorities to cancel the court’s ruling to evict 1,300 Palestinians in the Masafer Yatta area, near Hebron (Al-Khalil), the Middle East Monitor reported.
In a statement, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Lynn Hastings warned that the recent Israeli Supreme Court’s ruling to evict the residents of Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron Hills “amounts to forcible transfer”.
.@btselem “The international community must prevent Israel from forcibly transferring the Masafer Yatta communities and make sure, should this crime be committed, that those responsible for it will be held accountable” #SaveMasaferYatta https://t.co/Sci6wg0chZ
— South Hebron Hills Watch (@SoHebronWatch) May 7, 2022
“The decision affects over one thousand Palestinians, including 500 children, in the occupied West Bank and allows for the eviction of the residents,” announced Hastings in the statement.
She added: “As all domestic legal remedies have been exhausted, the community is now unprotected and at risk of imminent displacement.”
In #SaveMasaferYatta , activism is not a choice but a necessity
I was only a toddler when my family was expelled from our village in the South Hebron Hills. Now I’m campaigning to stop it from happening again. https://t.co/9M0JWLVhgc
— Ali Awad #SaveMasaferYatta (@Ali_awad1998) May 7, 2022
The UN humanitarian coordinator warned:
“Such evictions resulting in displacement could amount to a forcible transfer, contrary to resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and international law.”
She reiterated the calls of the UN secretary-general on Israel “to cease demolitions and evictions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in line with its obligations under international law.”
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)