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Israel demolishes 4 homes in East Jerusalem
Published Tuesday 21/05/2013 (updated) 26/05/2013 11:29
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Dina (R), a nine-year-old girl, cries as her father puts his arms
around her and her cousin Halla (L) during the demolition of their
house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina February
5, 2013.(Reuters/Ammar Awad)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished two residential buildings in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Tuesday, having earlier destroyed two Palestinian homes in al-Tur.

Witnesses said that a large Israeli police force surrounded the buildings in Jabal al-Mukabbir and closed off the area before demolishing the buildings.

One building belonged to the Abu al-Dabaat family and consisted of three floors housing four families in four apartments totaling 480 square meters.

"The building has been there since 1973," said Raed Abu al-Dabaat, one of the apartment owners. "It was built on land owned by my father, and he lived there since 1930," he told Ma'an.

"After the building was finished my father was arrested and sentenced to two years for allegedly building without a permit.

"In 2007, we were fined 160,000 shekels ($44,000), and two years later a demolition order was given but we managed to stop it," Abu al-Dabaat said, adding that the family had not received any new demolition orders.

Israeli forces assaulted family members in clashes that erupted before the demolition, and three Palestinians were arrested, a Ma'an reporter said.

The second building was home to the al-Qaq family and housed three people.

The al-Qaq family built the property 13 years ago and received a demolition order in 2002 for lacking a building permit. The demolition order was halted and an Israeli court ordered the family to pay 80,000 shekels ($21,800) as a penalty.

The family then tried to obtain a building permit, but were unable to do so.

Earlier, Israeli forces demolished two houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur, leaving seven people homeless.

According to the UN, 33 percent of all Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem lack Israeli-issued building permits, potentially placing at least 93,100 residents at risk of displacement.

Figures from Israeli NGO Bimkom show that 95 percent of Palestinian applications for a building permit are rejected.

Since 1967, the Israeli authorities have demolished some 2,000 houses in East Jerusalem. Over 1,630 Palestinians were made homeless in house demolitions carried out by Israel between 2004-2012, B'Tselem says.
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1 ) Nour / Palestine
21/05/2013 14:42
OUr so-called leaders are divided, wrecking havoc and giving permission to the Zoinists to run amok. Who could complain? The Palestinian people have accepted the Fatah-Hamas union of thugs to destroy them. The Arab masses rose, the Palestinians went to sleep. Is anybody surprised? The whole Oslo gang purpose is to administer morphine to young Palestinians, while their lands and dignity is being robbed from them. They're too busy watching FCB matches.

2 ) Foolish Beginnings / Sad Conclusion
21/05/2013 15:24
- You don't blame a casino for keeping your money, after you place a losing wager, and
- Building a property under Israel's sovereignty, without a permit from Israel is no different from a wager, and
- In both cases, the Sad Conclusions were caused by the Foolish Beginnings, and it is the Gamblers (or builders without permits) that should be blamed, instead of the Casino or Israel.

3 ) JoeUSA / USA
21/05/2013 23:54
So if 95% of permits are rejected , it means less than 5% of the construction demand in East Jerusalem can legally be built. This is yet another proof of Israeli unjust policies.Israel does not allow for natural growth of the Arab communities , causing a serious housing shortage and artificially affecting the housing market where the average person in Jerusalem can never own a house or an apartment while Jews get subsidized housing in ever expanding settlements built on private confiscated land

4 ) myra / canada
22/05/2013 01:41
the Israeli forces and israeli settlers not sure how they can sleep at night doing such evil.day after day taking Palestinian homes freedoms and dignity.you can not take forever what is not yours.inshallah one day this will come to an end.international community wake up.

5 ) MJC / CDA
22/05/2013 02:14
How is this not reported anywhere but here? Why don't CBC, BBC, AJE, report this? Can you imagine if Palestinians were displacing Israelis and bulldozing their homes?

6 ) gabi / australia
22/05/2013 06:28
"According to the UN 33% of all Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem lack Israeli-issued building permits . . " I suppose they do if they were built before 1967. So Israel uses this as an excuse, eventually, to displace "at least 993,100 residents"? Israeli law permits this. (Is the term "Israeli law" an oxymoron?)

7 ) ian / australia
23/05/2013 04:23
These demolitions are a serious crime. Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem is rejected by the entire world. UNSC Resolutions have called the annexation and the so-called Basic Law (1980) "null and void". East Jerusalem is the occupied territory of a UN recognised state. The whole system of issuing permits and demolishing structures built without them is illegal as Israel has no valid jurisdiction there. It boils down to an official state policy of brutal, inhumane, collective punishment of a

8 ) ian / australia
23/05/2013 04:25
(contd.) civilian population under occupation, traumatising Palestinian families into leaving, clearing the way for Jewish settlers to replace them. (And it's in the context of this kind of relentless evil that occasional intemperate outbursts by Palestinian leaders should be seen...like Jibril Rajoub's latest on Lebanese TV: "You should bear in mind that we don't have a nuclear weapon yet. By God, if we'd had a nuclear weapon we would have used it this morning.")

9 ) Libra - scales of justice / United Kingdom
23/05/2013 10:50
Those children's faces say it all, a picture speaks a thousand words! But I will say it for them, those zionists thugs, have no intentions of giving permits, they want to destroy, and destroy, and destroy. But one thing they will not be able to destroy is the memories of those children and what they witnessed those Nazi zionist doing - it will be with them for life. My message to them is 'God has witnessed these atrocities, and his judgement day will come, do not give up hope, it will come!
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