WCC: Webinar on Forced Displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem
East Jerusalem is internationally recognized as occupied territory, and Israel has an obligation under international law to ensure the wellbeing of the occupied population. Yet the threat of forced evictions and displacement continues to loom over Palestinian families in East Jerusalem neighbourhoods such as Sheikh Jarrah and Batan al-Hawa, and further demolitions of Palestinian homes have recently been reported in Silwan.
This webinar, scheduled for 28 October at 15.00 CET (9 am Eastern US/6 am Pacific US time) and organized following the annual World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, forms part of a range of efforts made by the WCC and its Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI) to advocate for just peace in the region. It also follows a recent ‘East Jerusalem Initiative’, through which the WCC has accompanied Palestinian families facing eviction and displacement through global advocacy efforts.
It will shed light on a range of key issues currently and historically at stake in East Jerusalem, and their potential consequences from a humanitarian and socio-political perspective locally as well as regionally.
Photo: A Palestinian boy steps on the rubble of what was part of his home, following a house demolition in the neighbourhood of Shu’fat in East Jerusalem, 2020. (Albin Hillert/WCC)