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US Blocks UN Security Council Statement Condemning Jerusalem Violence and Looming Evictions

According to a report from The Times of Israel, the US blocked the UN Security Council from releasing a joint statement on the ongoing violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Diplomatic sources told the Times that Norway’s mission introduced a proposal for a joint statement urging Israel to stop the looming evictions of Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

The proposed statement also would have called for “restraint” and respect for “the historic status quo at the holy sites,” a response to Israeli police storming al-Aqsa mosque and wounding hundreds of Palestinians with tear gas and rubber bullets.

The statement also condemned Israeli settlements. It called on Israel to “cease settlement activities, demolitions and evictions, including in east Jerusalem in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law” and refrain from unilateral steps “that exacerbate tensions and undermine the viability of the two-state solution.”

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