Norway condemns eviction of Palestinian family in Jerusalem

Palestinian man - demolished house - JerusalemPhoto: AP Photo / Mahmoud Illean

Norway condemns the eviction of a Palestinian family from their home in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday night.

“The eviction of the Salihiya family from their home in Sheikh Jarrah in the occupied East Jerusalem on the night of January 19 is unacceptable,” Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said.

Israeli authorities demolished the home after family members and other people staying there were arrested. The family says they have lived in the house since 1967, but Israel accused them of illegally occupying the house.

The eviction is the first since 2017 in the conflict-ridden district of East Jerusalem, but there are disputes over a number of other houses.

Huitfeldt commented on the eviction during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, where the topic was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Security Council has previously condemned all attempts to change the demographic composition of the population in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem.

“The rights of Palestinians in East Jerusalem must be respected. Although many are angry, I now urge everyone to avoid a new flare-up of violence,” Huitfeldt stated.

Norway considers the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, to be in violation of international law. Huitfeldt points out that Norway supports Palestinian organizations that work to protect the rights of the Palestinian people and provides legal assistance in cases of eviction.

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