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UN Security Council to hold emergency meet on escalating Jerusalem violence

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NEW YORK — The UN Security Council will convene an emergency session on Monday morning to discuss the escalating violence in Jerusalem, including major clashes on the Temple Mount.

The session will be held hours before a scheduled annual march of thousands of Jewish nationalists through the Old City in what some security officials fear may cause the situation, already tense over the impending eviction of 4 Palestinian families from an East Jerusalem neighborhood, to boil over.

The closed-door session will convene following a request from Tunisia, three security council diplomats told The Times of Israel. Such unscheduled meetings are not entirely rare, and the 15-member body has met under such circumstances several times this year to discuss escalations in Myanmar and Ethiopia.

However, Monday’s session is not likely to result in any type of resolution or joint statement, two of the diplomats speculated, noting that the council’s members have entrenched and often opposing views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that make consensus-building difficult.

The 9 a.m. session will feature a briefing from the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland. In January, the Norwegian diplomat replaced Nikolay Mladenov who was praised by both Israelis and Palestinians for his diplomatic efforts to maintain calm in the region.

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Separately on Sunday, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan held a phone call with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat to discuss Washington’s “serious concerns about the situation in Jerusalem, including violent confrontations at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount during the........

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