NEW YORK, Â Thursday, July 25, 2019 (WAFA) âÂ The US blocked an attempt to get the United Nations Security Council to issue a formal statement condemning Israelâs demolitions of Palestinian homes Sur Baher neighborhood, southeast of Jerusalem, earlier this week.
The draft statement, circulated by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa to the 15-member council, expressed âgrave concernâ and warned that the demolition âundermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for just and lasting peace,â as quoted in a Reuters report.
According to Reuters, diplomats said that the US told its counterparts in the UNSC that it could not support the draft text. A revised three paragraph draft statement was circulated, but rejected again by the US.
Israel recently commenced the demolition of 16 buildings, which comprise of 100 apartments, in Wadi al-Hummus.
The Israeli high court has approved the demolition of the buildings, thus upholding military allegations that the buildings are âclose to the Annexation Wallâ and âpose a security threatâ due to their proximity to the illegal wall.
Palestinian appeals to demolition orders are frequently dismissed by Israeli courts, which are in fact complicit in perpetuating the Israeli policies of forcible transfer and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
The buildings are located in Area A, supposedly under the full jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority as per the Oslo Accords.
The demolition is expected to have a disastrous effect on all other areas of the West Bank adjacent to Israelâs wall, putting these areas at a high risk of mass demolitions under security pretenses and putting the lives of Palestinians living in such areas at the risk of imminent forcible transfer.