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Euro-Med reports Israeli violations against Palestinians in Jerusalem

April 23, 2019 2:13 P.M. (Updated: May 3, 2019 1:55 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A new report documenting Israeli human rights violations of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem was issued, on Tuesday, by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor.

The Euro-Med report, entitled "Strangers in their Land: Human Rights Violations in the Holy City," covers cases of home raids, searches, demolitions, travel bans, expulsions and other violations during March 2019.

The report documents Israel's systematic and deliberate escalation policies and illegal practices, which constitute gross human rights violations against Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem.

The report stressed that the United States Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in December 2017, gave the green light to the Israeli authorities to continue and escalate their flagrant violations against the Palestinian people in general and those of Jerusalem in particular, in an attempt to obliterate the Arab, Christian, and Islamic identities from the Holy City.

The report documents cases where Israel deliberately shut down social and political activities and events organized in Jerusalem, revealing that the long-term contribution would be erasing the Palestinian identity from the public scene in Jerusalem.

The Euro-Med report monitors grave violations committed by the Israeli authorities against the Palestinian population of Jerusalem, including procedures followed during and after their arrest, such as home searches without a judicial warrant and high fines.

Documenting Israeli religious violations, the report relies primarily on testimonies collected by Euro-Med's team and human rights activists in Jerusalem.

Concluding the report, the Euro-Med called on the international community to act seriously and effectively to stop Israeli policies in violation of international law, including displacement, abuse, and arbitrary detention practices, and calls for safeguarding freedoms, especially relating to religion.

Euro-Med also condemned in the strongest terms the blatant violations of the rights of Jerusalemites to live in dignity and without racial discrimination, especially as the Israeli municipality continues to deny Palestinians an organizational plan to regulate construction in East Jerusalem.

The human rights organization urged human rights organizations to highlight the seriousness of the measures taken by the Israeli occupation authorities regarding the policy of sudden demolition without warning, including the destruction of properties with families' belongings buried under the rubble.

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