Tensions erupt between Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah and Israeli forces a few days before an expected eviction order again four Palestinian families in favor of Israeli settlers, Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz/NRC.

Israel / Palestine: NRC urges parties to the conflict to avoid further escalation and prevent loss of life

Published 11. May 2021
Statement by NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland on the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Palestine:

“Once again civilians are bearing the brunt of a dramatic escalation in hostilities. The fear and suffering among civilians is felt from families facing expulsion from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, to children in Gaza under relentless air strikes, and families in Israel under indiscriminate rocket attacks.”

“Palestinian and Israeli children always pay the heaviest price in these outbreaks of violence, leaving them not only physically scarred but also emotionally damaged. We call on all parties to the conflict to stop the provocations and to ensure that civilians are protected.  We urge the international community to use all its influence to end violations of international law, including the forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, and to get all parties, Israeli and Palestinian alike, to step back and prevent suffering and loss of life.”

“This latest violence also shows that the prolonged conflict and occupation are unsustainable. There can be no peace and security as long as there are systemic injustices, be it in the form of forced evictions, a siege on two million people or military repression of everyday life.”