Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and agreement on its future will have to be at the heart of any solution. During their trip to the Middle East in October 2010, the Elders visited East Jerusalem where they were deeply concerned to see the extent of settlement expansion into Arab neighbourhoods.
They heard from Palestinian residents and activists who oppose the changing character of East Jerusalem and fear they will be evicted, deported or have their homes demolished.
The Elders also joined a weekly demonstration in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where mainly Israeli protesters gather to oppose their government’s actions.
Delegation leader Mary Robinson, together with her fellow Elders Jimmy Carter and Ela Bhatt, issued a statement warning that continued settlement expansion will make a viable two-state solution almost impossible.
Photos: Mati Milstein / Garo Nalbandian / The Elders