Representatives Price, Yarmuth Release Statement on Rising Israeli-Palestinian Tensions
WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2021) – Today, Representatives David Price (D-NC) and John Yarmuth (D-KY) released a statement on rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions:
“As strong supporters of the U.S.-Israel special relationship and advocates of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we deplore the current escalations of tension and violence in the region. We condemn with the strongest possible terms the recent rocket attacks on Jerusalem and southern Israel by Hamas. These attacks do nothing to address the ongoing suffering in Gaza, serving only to further destabilize an already fragile situation.
“At the same time, we are deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence taking place on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount. We call on both the Israelis and Palestinians to swiftly and decisively de-escalate the situation.
“Moreover, we are appalled by the potential forced evictions of Palestinian families living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The unjust attempts to forcibly remove and displace Palestinians who have lived in their homes for decades undermines long-term Israeli security, Palestinian dignity, and the prospects for peacefully achieving two states for two peoples. While we appreciate the delay in the court proceedings on this case, we call on the Israeli government to prevent these potential evictions.
“Let us be clear, Israelis and Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, have a right to a just, safe, and secure future, which can only be achieved through diplomacy—not violence.”