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Palestine: Israel demolishes Palestinian home in East Jerusalem’s Silwan

11th Aug 2021
Palestine: Israel demolishes Palestinian home in East Jerusalem’s Silwan

By Abdelraouf Arna’out

 

JERUSALEM (AA): Israeli forces on Tuesday tore down a Palestinian house in Silwan town in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a local official.

“Israeli bulldozers backed by police forces demolished the two-apartment house,” Fakhri Abu Diab, a member of a local land committee in Silwan, told Anadolu Agency.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) stated that the home is owned by two siblings, identified as Ramah and Ali Odah.

It added that the home is in the Be’er Ayyoub area in Silwan and that the soldiers closed the entire area and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

The soldiers then forced the family to remove their furniture and belongings from the property before demolishing it, rendering twelve Palestinians homeless.

Ali said that it took the family many years to save some money to build their home to provide stability and decent shelter to the family and added that the family has also been paying various high fines and fees to the City Council, but it kept it refusing to grant them a permit for the property.

“These violations are completely politically and demographically motivated,” he told Silwanic, “They don’t want us here; this is our land, but they want to remove the Palestinians to replace them with illegal colonizers.”

He said Israeli forces cited lack of a building permit for demolishing the house, which was built ten years ago.

“Israeli municipal authorities claim that Palestinians homes were built without permits, but the fact is that they do not grant permits for the Palestinians to build their homes,” Abu Diab said.

He said the Israeli demolition policy is part of government efforts to obliterate the Palestinian presence in Silwan and Jerusalem.

There was no comment from the Israeli authorities on the report.

Israeli authorities have recently announced plans to demolish dozens of Palestinian homes in al-Bustan and Batin al-Hawa neighborhoods in Silwan.

International law regards both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal.

Writing by Ahmed Asmar

Additional report by imemc.org

[Photo: Israeli bulldozers backed by police forces tear down a Palestinian house in Silwan town in East Jerusalem, on August 10, 2021. Photographer: Mostafa Alkharouf/AA]

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