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Press Release Regarding The Eviction By The Israeli Police Of Palestinian Families From Their Homes In The Sheikh Jarrah District Of East Jerusalem , 03.08.2009

We are concerned about the eviction by the Israeli Police of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem on August 2, 2009 and the allocation of the mentioned homes to settlers.

These practices are contrary to Israel’s responsibilities under international law and to fundamental human rights. They also harm the efforts to create the conducive environment for the resumption of the peace talks aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We deem Israel’s adherence to its commitments under international law and its avoidance of steps that would undermine confidence between the parties, as well as those that would alter the status of East Jerusalem vital for the success of the peace efforts, and call upon Israel to halt such practices immediately.