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Landslide threatens 40 homes in East Jerusalem
Published Friday 13/12/2013 (updated) 15/12/2013 18:04
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Landslides occurred Friday in an East Jerusalem neighborhood as a result of heavy snow accumulation, threatening at least 40 nearby houses located on lands previously weakened by Israeli authorities' excavations nearby, a local group said.

Landslides led to the degradation of hillsides in the Ain al-Lowza neighborhood of Silwan, opening cracks and threatening 40 nearby houses with potential destruction, the Wadi Helwa Information Center said.

A statement from the group said previous excavations by Israel to build a wall through the area have caused extensive damage to the ground, and the effects of the storm have exacerbated the negative effects.

The majority of the landslides occurred in a large plot of land owned by local resident Abu Tayeh where 40 homes have been built.

Abu Tayeh said it was the first time he had experienced such a severe problem on his land, blaming Israeli authorities for failing to complete work they had started on a neighborhood wall.

"The Israeli municipality does not weigh the value of people's lives," he said.

"They are responsible for causing this collapse, and we demand the completion of the construction of the fence."


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1 ) southparkbear / usa
14/12/2013 16:30
since a storm of this magnitude was last recorded about 120 years ago it is most likely that abu Tayeh is correct saying he has not experienced such before. now legally there is no issue here at all. houses built without a plan or a permit are bounded to violate safety rules. in this case a nice view on the edge of the hill turns to cracks with first landslide. So nature is healing itself

2 ) Tobias / USA
14/12/2013 17:06
The 40 homes were probably built without permits, on foundations that would not have been approved, due to the potential for such landslides.

3 ) Lilith / The World
15/12/2013 00:02
What a surprise!! Blame it on Israel!!!!

4 ) southparkbear / usa
15/12/2013 13:21
a biblical justice

5 ) Peter Beck / USA
15/12/2013 21:57
southparkbear and Tobias, don't pretend you are unaware that Israeli authorities are masters of the "runaround," making it literally impossible for Palestinians to get building permits. Hence the regular home demolitions using the excuse that the home was built illegally. Ethnic cleansing under the radar of the American media. Americans are embarrassingly uninformed on the Israel/Palestine conflict, but it's mostly a willful ignorance.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
16/12/2013 18:12
the U.S., concern countries and Israel all know that palestinian "troubles" are self inflicted #5. after 65 years being terrorized by arabs and palestinians we kinda grew thick skin for their lies
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