Jerusalem -Gaza Post – Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday demolished a Palestinian house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan according to local sources.
They claimed that Israeli police stormed the Bir Ayoub neighborhood of Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and cordoned off a house belonging to Mohammad Zaytoon before municipal crews demolished it.
The occupation authorities began dismantling the structure, which was built five years ago, after Zaytoon refused to tear it down himself, leaving his entire family, including three children, homeless.
Journalists were barred from covering the event due to heavily armed police officers.
Meanwhile, Amir Rabay’a was forced to self-demolish his house in Jerusalem’s Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood in order to avoid paying exorbitant fines if the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem carried out the demolition on its own.
The two structures were demolished on the flimsy pretext of being built without permits.
The occupation demolishes houses on a regular basis under the guise of illegal construction in order to limit Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.
Simultaneously, the municipality and government construct tens of thousands of housing units for Jews in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem, with the goal of offsetting the demographic balance in favor of Jewish settlers in the occupied city.
Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967, are denied citizenship rights, they are only classified as “residents” whose permits can be revoked if they leave the city for more than a few years.
(Source / 30.11.2021)