PCHR Condemns Closure of Arab Studies Society’s Mapping and Survey Office in Occupied Jerusalem and Arrest of its Director


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, March 14, 2017

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli Police’s raid of the Mapping and Survey Office of the Arab Studies Society- Orient House in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem.  The Israeli police confiscated the office contents and arrested its Director, Khalil Tufakji, who is also an expert of mapping and settlement.  PCHR believes that the closure of this office comes as part of the Israeli measures to create a Jewish majority in the city and suppress any Palestinian activity against the Israeli policies in it.  PCHR also calls upon the intentional community, particularly the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) and High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, to fulfill their legal and moral obligations stipulated in the UN Charter and the mentioned Convention, and to take all deterrent measures against the Israeli Government on grounds of its blatant violations in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in addition to stopping all its measures aiming at creating a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem, which is an integral part of the oPt…