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US lawmakers condemn Israel over potential evictions in Sheikh Jarrah

The statements come as more members of congress are condemning Israeli policies in Jerusalem

Jerusalem24 – Several prominent US lawmakers have spoken out against Israel over the potential evictions of several Palestinian families in  Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem in favor of extremist settler groups.

“The United States must speak out strongly against the violence by government-allied Israeli extremists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and make clear that the evictions of Palestinian families must not go forward,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in a tweet.

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, denounced the evictions as “abhorrent and unacceptable.”

“The Administration should make clear to the Israeli government that these evictions are illegal and must stop immediately,” she said.

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also slammed Israel over the “inhumane” evictions, tweeting: “Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence.”

Somali-American congresswoman Ilhan Omar also spoke out earlier this week against Israel’s actions. “We provide $3.8 billion in military aid to the Israeli government a year, without any accountability. As we speak, the Israeli military plans to force over 500 Palestinians from their homes. We must make sure that no US tax dollars are used to fund this violence,” she said in a tweet earlier this week.

African-American congresswoman Cori Bush also tweeted: “I know what it’s like to be brutalized for simply advocating for my own humanity. I stand in strong solidarity with our Palestinian siblings mobilizing to #SaveSheikhJarrah.”

She also urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken to condemn the attacks against Palestinians.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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