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Today: Oct 23, 2017

Large Residential Buildings Threatened with Demolition in Occupied Jerusalem

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has warned of a dramatic new escalation in the West Jerusalem Municipalitys approach to implementing the Israeli governments house demolition policy against Palestinian Jerusalemites, calling attention to a recent announcement published by the WJM. The announcement featured pictures of large, residential buildings in Palestinian neighborhoods such as Beit Hanina, Al-Issawiyya, and Jabal Al-Mukabber, and claimed that they are illegal. Accordingly, the Municipality is in the process of demolishing them, citing the pretext of implementing building laws and regulations and imposing the law. While Israeli authorities have carried out dozens of home demolitions in the recent past, the targeted structures were generally small, independent homes, not larger, multi-story apartment buildings.

JCSERs Director General, said, The recent announcement reveals a new dimension to Israeli policy toward Palestinian Jerusalemites, in which the right to housing and residency is denied both to individuals and groups.

The Municipalitys threat to now demolish large apartment buildings, which are home to dozens of residents, constitutes a grave escalation in the already drastic measures taken by the Municipality in order to fight the phenomenon of illegal construction in Occupied East Jerusalem. These measures have included arresting Palestinian Jerusalemites, imposing fines in the amount of tens of thousands of shekels, raiding construction workshops, confiscating construction equipment and machines, and confiscating trucks loaded with concrete. At the same time, the Municipalitys Building and Planning Committee does not issue enough building permits to enable Palestinian Jerusalemites to build. The WJM has intentionally been refusing to approve structural schemes, which were submitted by Palestinian Jerusalemites years ago, by imposing further restrictions on building permits, JCSER's Director added.

According to JCSER, the building laws and regulations enforced by the Municipality against Palestinian Jerusalemites are not applied in Jewish neighborhoods in West Jerusalem. At the same time, the Municipality has accelerated the pace of construction of Jewish-only settlements built on Palestinian land in Occupied East Jerusalem.

In this regard, JCSER's Director referred to Israels completion of the construction of the Israeli, Jewish-only settlement of Maale Haztim in the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood, and the commencement of another settlement, called Nov Zahav, in the Jabal Al-Mukabber neighborhood. The Building & Planning Committee at the Interior Ministry is currently studying structural schemes submitted to build a third Jewish settlement known as Kadamat Tsion in the Abu Dis neighborhood.

According to JCSERs data, Israeli occupation forces have, during the past year, demolished 122 residential structures in various parts of Occupied Jerusalem - a total of more than 150 family homes, which housed a total of more than 1,500 individuals, including many children.