Israeli police evicted more than 50 Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem Sunday and then moved Jewish settlers into the houses.
Police said they were acting on eviction orders from an Israeli court that upheld Jewish settlers' claims to the land in the Sheikh Jarrah area.
The evicted Palestinians were from two families, and officials say some of the family members had lived in the dwellings for 50 years. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said some of the newly homeless are children.
The forcible eviction drew quick criticism from Palestinians, the United Nations and the United States.
The U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Robert Serry, called the evictions "totally unacceptable." U.S. and Palestinian officials separately said Israel was disregarding its obligations when it forced the Palestinians from their homes.
The international community has been pressuring Israel to stop settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their desired future state.
About 250,000 Palestinians and 200,000 Jews live in East Jerusalem.
Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.