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Israeli forces demolish buildings in East Jerusalem
Published Monday 28/01/2013 (updated) 29/01/2013 18:51
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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces demolished at least four buildings and a sewage network in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan early Monday, locals said.

Bulldozers leveled land and uprooted olive trees in order to access the demolition sites, closing all the surrounding roads, witnesses told Ma'an.

The raid, shortly after the dawn prayer, prompted clashes with local residents. Witnesses said several youth were detained by Israeli police, including Khalid al-Zeir and Firas Awad. An Israeli police spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Silwan resident Abdul-Munim Shuweiki said forces demolished a fence and uprooted 10-year-old olive trees to access his land.

The bulldozers razed his garage and a steel building, damaging an external staircase, he told Silwan's Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

Ahmad Simrin, who owns land in the area, said Israeli bulldozers leveled parts of his land and demolished a sewage network.

He told the Wadi Hilweh Center that he showed an Israeli commander a title deed dating back to 1892, which proves that the land was owned by his grandfather Awad Simrin. Israel does not recognize that deed and insists the area is a national park, he said.

Israeli bulldozers also demolished a tin-roofed room in the neighborhood, which was built in 1956, according to owner Faraj Shukeir.

The demolition also damaged an older room and the front yard of the house.

Israeli forces then demolished a newer house, built eleven years ago and inhabited by a family of four, belonging to Silwan resident Ayman Shukeir.

Silwan -- adjacent to the Old City's Dome of the Rock compound and Western Wall -- is a populated by a number of settler homes under heavy Israeli guard, and the site of frequent clashes with forces on arrest raids targeting the Palestinian population.

Israel insists that Jerusalem is its "eternal and indivisible" capital, and annexed the city's eastern sector after a 1967 war in a move never recognized by the international community.

For Palestinians, East Jerusalem is the capital of their promised state.
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1 ) Big Mike / USA
28/01/2013 18:27
And the world turns a blind eye to this criminal conduct by the Zionist government again. US is conspirator in this crime.

2 ) gabi / australia
29/01/2013 01:22
Israel digging itself deeper and deeper into world pariah status.

3 ) Nathalie / Canada
29/01/2013 14:07
Why do we, each one of us, try to at least make others know about this! And pray, as prayer is a powerful tool! Let`s do it and feel that we are doing something!

4 ) Paul / USA
29/01/2013 15:35
Yes, number 3) This story is particularly good example because it gives names & testimony from recipients of this treatment. I am sending it out to many USA and GB new services. Perhaps Gabi could take care of Australia, and Nathalie take care of Canada. It is the least we can do. Hopefully Maan will keep this story in one of the side slots etc. for awhile. This story gets the point across better than the usual generic "home got demolished" "trees uprooted" without names & testimony.

5 ) gabi / australia
30/01/2013 23:45
# 4 - good idea. Have just done as you suggested, though not to our new services (no interest at all there in printing this stuff - too scared of the anti-Semitic label) ) but to our foreign minister. He won't read it either but his minions will - and maybe pass it on. Well, I can hope!

6 ) yessir Arafatman / Syria
31/01/2013 18:34
Funny how you use the term Zionist as an insult Mike. Not a big fan of Jews are you?

7 ) gabi / australia
01/02/2013 03:10
# 6 - if you defined Zionism properly, it is not an insult. But when it is used to justify stealing someone else's land, then it is. It has nothing to do with "being a fan (or otherwise) of Jews". There are plenty of anti-Zionist Jews out there.

8 ) Paul / USA
01/02/2013 06:38
bazs.net (BAZS - Believers Against Zionist State) has been set up to aid in exposing news facts showing the West, prinicipallly Christians in GB, USA etc. the truth of Z-deception. #6) as to your remark about Zs&Js, for myself & bazs.net, we are quite clear about the difference between a Z & a J. Zs delight in making anything opposing their agenda "anti-semitic" as if it is anti-jewish. Ishmael was of Shem-Abraham too. Don't be deceived. Zs invade, take. Jews live with Arabs & await Messiah!
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