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Israeli forces demolish East Jerusalem home
Published Monday 03/01/2011 (updated) 04/01/2011 10:49
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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Monday demolished part of a Palestinian home in occupied East Jerusalem.

Forces bulldozed nearly 90 square meters of Nasser Yousif Seyam's home in Lafta village north of Sheikh Jarrah, leaving around 35 square meters standing, witnesses said.

The family of nine must now live in one bedroom, one lounge and a corridor.

Seyam told Ma'an a legal dispute began in 2004, when he received a demolition order which was frozen three times. The Jerusalem municipality said his license was conditional on submitting a plan for the surrounding area, which he could not afford.

"They came to the house today, which was empty except for my 10-year-old child. They removed the furniture and started demolishing."

On Wednesday, Israeli forces demolished 11 structures in the At-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, which authorities said were constructed without permits.

"The Municipality only takes down illegal buildings when the owners have refused to do so. In Jerusalem, like everywhere else in the world. by law, illegal structures have to be taken down," a municipality spokesman said.

However, Palestinians say it is virtually impossible to secure Israeli permission to build in East Jerusalem.

In late December, two Palestinian families destroyed their own homes in compliance with Israeli demolition orders.

Director of UNRWA Operations West Bank Barbara Shenstone said the families opted to demolish their own homes rather than wait for Jerusalem municipality to do so because a municipal demolition would cost them up to 120,000 shekels ($33,389).

"These condemnable acts have a devastating impact," Shenstone said in a statement at the time.

"While children around the world are enjoying the holiday season in their homes, these children have suffered the trauma and indignity of watching their homes destroyed in the presence of their parents. It is extremely cruel and distressing."

On 23 December, Maxwell Gaylard, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, offered his own condemnation after visiting the site of a home that had been demolished 24 hours earlier.

"The destruction of this home and the displacement of these people raises serious concerns with regard to Israel's obligations under international law," he said.

"These actions have a severe social and economic impact on the lives and welfare of Palestinians and increase their dependence on humanitarian assistance," he added.

"The government of Israel must take immediate steps to cease demolitions and evictions in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem."

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1 ) Bull / Doza
03/01/2011 16:53
All that hard work and I only get a one line accolade.

2 ) Outsider / EU
03/01/2011 17:59
To keep the bulldozers busy, why don't they put them to work on illegal squats like Totzhar?

3 ) betz55 / USA
03/01/2011 18:14
They bulldoze Palestinians homes and yet protect the illegal settler squat terrorists settlements. Palestine should get bulldozers, line them up and go east to west until they get to the green line and raze the illegal settlements to the ground which were built on their land.

4 ) Filipe / Portugal
03/01/2011 19:48
Like everywhere else in the world !!!!!!!!

""The Municipality only takes down illegal buildings when the owners have refused to do so. In Jerusalem, like everywhere else in the world. by law, illegal structures have to be taken down," a municipality spokesman said."


But, unlike everywhere else in the world--------- here it is called "crimes against humanity" !!!!

What a bunch of whining !!!!!


5 ) Mo / Canada
03/01/2011 21:41
Settlers are still not allowed to build legally (although the "freeze" is officially over building has not been given permission to resume), and Arabs who build illegaly think they have the right to live wherever they want?? Too much hypocracy

6 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
04/01/2011 08:20
They are racists. They do not demolish Jewish homes in poorer shapt.

7 ) BornFree&Equal / Scotland
04/01/2011 10:58
#4 Filipe - so why does Beit Yonatan still stand in Silwan? Even Israeli courts have demanded it be demolished yet the authorities do not act. Same for illegal Jewish settlements. This is not a democracy.

8 ) Malach HaMavet / Israel
04/01/2011 19:52
7 ) BornFree&Equal (so you claim)

It seems you're ignorant of the fact that Silwan once had a substantial Jewish community, which was driven out because of the Arab riots of 1936,Beit Yonanta was one of the houses that was stolen from the Jews

It has now been reclaimed by it's rightful owners,live with it !!

9 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
05/01/2011 06:31
6 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA

We hadn't realized that you are a realestate appraiser

Since you nver seen either an Arab or Jeiwsh home, how did you come to that conclusion

7) Scottie
Just in case you don't already know it, Silwan had a substantial Jewish population until they wee forced out by the '39 Riots--Beit Yonatan is one of the homes

10 ) Carl / USA
09/01/2011 02:12
The Americans subsidize this behavior, of course. Israel is our attack lapdog, and the powers that be in this country could care less about human rights. Israelis should recall that the US denied Jews entry to the US when they tried to flee Europe and the terror. Now the Israeli's are in search of some Lebenstraum. Israelis would do well to remember that Hitler expressed admiration for the way the so-called "New World" was settled, which racist Zionists want to emulate. A dangerous game.
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