Thursday, January 7, 2016
Israel demolishes houses and restaurant in Jerusalem and five Bedouin dwellings east of the city
Israeli bulldozers under army escort on Thursday demolished three Palestinian structures built without construction permits in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Beit Safafa, the owners told Ma'an.
Nadia Abu Diab said that Jerusalem municipality excavators tore down a two-story building and unfinished apartment belonging to her family in Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.She said the 125-square meter apartment had been under construction since September last year, and that her family had been in the process of obtaining a license. She said the Jerusalem municipality demolished the apartment without prior notice.
Separately, in Beit Safafa, a Palestinian neighborhood divided between East and West Jerusalem, Israeli bulldozers demolished part of a restaurant belonging to local resident Imad Burqan. Burqan told Ma'an the Jerusalem municipality demolished an extension of the Mediterranean Restaurant made of tin sheets and steel bars that he had added to the building about three months ago.Construction licenses are very expensive and difficult to obtain for Palestinians, notably in the Jerusalem area, in a bid by Israeli authorities to force Palestinians out and change the demographic balance of the city.
On Wednesday morning Israel demolished five dwellings housing Palestinian Bedouin families in the Abu Nuwwar community east of Jerusalem -- part of the wider E1 corridor -- leaving 25 people homeless.
Dawood al-Jahalin, a spokesperson for the Abu Nuwwar Bedouin community, told Ma'an that Israeli military and police vehicles surrounded the area at around 8:30 a.m., before bulldozers demolished five dwellings and an agricultural structure.The families were not given any time to remove their belongings before the dwellings -- made of steel, wood, and canvas -- were torn down, he said.
Abu Nuwwar is one of several Bedouin villages facing forced evacuation due to plans by Israeli authorities to build thousands of homes for Jewish-only settlements in the E1 corridor.