On Saturday, the Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed its rejection of the Israeli evacuation measures against Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem.
The ministry said in a statement, “The Kingdom rejects Israel’s plans and measures to evacuate Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and impose Israeli sovereignty over them,” according to the official news agency (SPA).
It condemned “any unilateral measures, any violations of international legitimacy decisions, and anything that might undermine the chances of resuming the peace process to achieve security and stability in the region.”
I reaffirmed Riyadh’s standing with the Palestinian people, and “supporting all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue.”
And she added: “With what enables the Palestinian people to establish their independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.”
For more than a week, the “Sheikh Jarrah” neighborhood in Jerusalem has witnessed clashes between the Israeli police and its Palestinian residents, and in solidarity with them.
Palestinians are protesting against Israeli decisions to evacuate Palestinian families from homes built in 1956, which settlement associations claim were built on land that was owned by Jews before 1948.
Next Monday, the Israeli Supreme Court is expected to issue a final decision regarding the eviction of 4 Palestinian families from the neighborhood in favor of settlers who claim ownership of the land.
As of Friday evening, 12 Palestinian families in the neighborhood had received eviction decisions issued by the Israeli “Central” and Magistrate’s Courts.
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