In a Sunday phone call, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, shared their ‘concerns.’ Ben-Shabbat reportedly told Sullivan that the US and other countries should stay out of the conflict, according to Hebrew media sources. International pressure on Israel to avoid the evictions or the violence will be ‘a prize for the rioters and those sending them who hoped to put pressure on Israel‘ he said.
In Sheikh Jarrah, about 40 Palestinians face eviction. Israeli security forces and Jewish settlers also attacked Palestinian demonstrators. In addition, Israeli police raided the al-Aqsa mosque, firing rubber bullets and tear gas, injuring 215 people, including 153 hospitalized.
Last night Israeli forces raided homes of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem & assaulted, tear gassed and arrested some of the young men. The families are facing forced displacement from their homes on Thursday where Jewish settlers will take over pic.twitter.com/Am3BeKA5Cs
â€” Ù„ÙŠÙ†Ø© (@LinahAlsaafin) May 4, 2021
Palestinian families have every right to live in #SheikhJarrah.
I’m calling on the @StateDept to immediately condemn these violations of international law as Palestinians are forcibly being removed from their homes in East Jerusalem.#SaveSheikhJarrahpic.twitter.com/YyXrosu5ow
â€” Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) May 5, 2021
Though Sullivan only expressed concern about Israeli aggression, he agreed with Ben-Shabbat that the firing of rockets and incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel is intolerable and must be condemned.
The Biden administration appointed envoys for Iran, Libya, Horn of Africa and Yemen. Huge crisis in Jerusalem and Gaza and no U.S. envoy for Israel-Palestine. No ambassador to Israel and no consul general in Jerusalem for the Palestinians. This doesn’t make any sense
â€” Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) May 10, 2021