U.N.-sponsored conference accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

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(JNS.org) The United Nations-sponsored International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians.

“Since Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967, it has implemented a comprehensive policy to deepen its control over the city by weakening Palestinian presence and ties there. In Jerusalem, a policy of ethnic cleansing was pushing Palestinians out of the city. Since September, the situation had erupted,” said Shawan Jabarin, director of the Al-Haq legal center in Ramallah, at the conference in Indonesia.

Jabarin called on world nations “to sever cooperation with Israel, ban settlement products, and implement sanctions.”

In a statement for the conference, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned violence on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and lamented the “Israeli occupation.”

“The anger we are witnessing is bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation. It is the result of fear, humiliation, frustration, and mistrust,” Ban said.

The conference was organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Posted on December 16, 2015 .