Displacement and the ‘Jerusalem Question’

NRC|Published 15. Apr 2015
This paper gives an overview of the negotiations over East Jerusalem and developments on the ground.

The report hopes to re-focus the attention of national and international stakeholders on the key flashpoint areas in East Jerusalem. Alterations to the status quo in these areas – through increased settlement expansion, settler takeover within Palestinian communities, as well as restrictions on building and planning, and residency rights revocation – cause displacement and undermine the prospects for a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a viable Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

The report concludes with a number of recommended interventions which would preserve the continued viability of Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem and protect those vulnerable communities. Until such time as a political agreement is reached between the parties, the entirety of East Jerusalem remains occupied territory, the 1967 borders are the applicable international legal boundaries and all Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem remain unlawful.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development.