Occupied Palestinian Territory: Expansion plans in East Jerusalem put 20 Palestinian communities at risk
|Publisher||Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)|
|Publication Date||14 December 2012|
|Cite as||Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Occupied Palestinian Territory: Expansion plans in East Jerusalem put 20 Palestinian communities at risk , 14 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50cee4972.html [accessed 25 May 2013]|
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One day after the United Nations recognised Palestine as a non-member observer state, Israel announced plans to build over three thousands settlement units in and around Jerusalem -including in the highly contentiousstrategic location of area E1. The plans, which would put inhabitants at risk of forced eviction and internal displacement, were met with mounting international condemnation. More than 20 Palestinian Bedouin communities, with a population of 2,700, live in the vicinity of E1. Most have beenrepeatedly displaced since 1948 by previous demolitions, and suffered a reduced standard of living as a consequence, as well as limitations on livelihoods. Most of the communities currently have outstanding demolition orders and have been told by authorities to leave the area in the coming months or face forced eviction.
These Bedouin communities have previously faced forcible eviction from E1, but international pressure had prevented the Israeli authorities from carrying out their plans. For more information, visit IDMC's page on Occupied Palestinian Territories