20 kids ousted from Arab homes in East Jerusalem are “traumatized”
NEW YORK – (Aug 3) – 20 children ousted from the homes their parents had lived in for 50 years in East Jerusalem to make way for Israeli settlers are extremely traumatized, said a U.N. official.
Dozens of people registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East( UNRWA) were forced out by Israeli security forces over the weekend from the Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, with Israeli settlers moving into their homes.
According to UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness, the evicted families’ belongings were loaded onto trucks and dumped at the edge of a busy Jerusalem road.
On Monday, the UN agency helped the refugees – who lived in their houses for over half a century – recover their possessions, he said.
“Of the 53 people evicted, 20 are children and are reported to be particularly traumatized,” Gunness said.
“These actions are contrary to the provisions of the Geneva Conventions related to the occupied territory,” Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement issued Sunday in Jerusalem.
The evictions, he said, flout the united calls by the international community, including those by the diplomatic Quartet comprising the UN, the United States, the European Union and Russia.
Some have accused Israel of carrying out ethnic cleansing.