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Today: Aug 17, 2017

Two Palestinian Houses Demolished

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JCSER strongly condemns Israels ongoing policy of house demolitions, carried out against Palestinian Jerusalemites, and the occupation of Palestinian houses, as happened today in the neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Silwan, in Occupied East Jerusalem. Both forms of action are part of Israels systematic campaign to Judaize Jerusalem and create new facts on the ground. In addition to the demolition and occupation policies, Israel is also establishing new facts on the ground through its construction of the Apartheid Wall surrounding or dividing many of the Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Early Monday morning, Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by large police units, demolished two Palestinian houses in Dahiet Al-Mualimin and a cement wall in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, north of Occupied Jerusalem. The first house belonged to Ibrahim Atiyeh Baraghith and had a total area of 150 square meters. The house included three bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and a bathroom. It was home to six family members, four of whom are children. According to Ibrahim Baraghith, the demolition was carried out without prior notice. A demolition warning was put on my house the day before Eid Al-Adha. I just saw the warning today when the Israeli bulldozers arrived at the site and demolished the house.

The second house belonged to Amal Salman Abed Al-Muhsen Kawazbeh and had a total area of 120 square meters. It was home to eight family members, six of whom are children. The demolition was carried out twenty-four hours after the demolition warning was fixed on the walls of my house. Furthermore, we were not given the chance to protest against the demolition, said Mrs. Kawazbeh.

Furthermore, Israeli bulldozers demolished a cement wall surrounding a two-dunum piece of land in Beit Hanina, north of Occupied Jerusalem. The wall belonged to Mohammed Bader Natsheh. The demolition was carried out despite a previous court decision temporarily preventing the demolition.

According to JCSERs data, Israeli occupation authorities have demolished eight houses and a wall and closed a ninth house in the Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood of Occupied Jerusalem since January 1, 2004.

In another part of the city, the Silwan neighborhood in the south of Occupied Jerusalem, Jewish settlers, under the protection of large police units and border guards, occupied some sixteen Palestinian houses. As of late last night, two houses belonging to the Al-Ajlouni family had been evacuated in accordance with a court decision. With this recent occupation, the number of Palestinian houses occupied by Jewish settlers in the Silwan neighborhood has risen to thirty which is the highest number of properties occupied by Jewish settlers in neighborhoods adjacent to the Old City. More than sixty settlement nuclei have been established by settlers inside the Old City since the beginning of 1983, in addition to the establishment of the Old Citys Jewish neighborhood, which was built on the rubble of the Palestinian neighborhood of Ash-Sharaf following the occupation of East Jerusalem in June 1967. According to JCSERs data, over 3,000 Jewish settlers live inside the Old City, in addition to an indefinite number of settlers and their families who live in properties, which have been occupied in Silwan during the past fifteen years. With the occupation of Palestinian properties in this neighborhood, the Israelis aim to connect the area known as the City of David to the Al-Magharbeh neighborhood, the Western Wall, and the Jewish neighborhood inside the Old City via a tunnel currently under construction.