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Jerusalem issues demolition orders to displace 19 Silwan residents
Published Monday 23/12/2013 (updated) 25/12/2013 14:34
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Inspectors of the municipal council of Jerusalem on Monday handed a demolition warrant to a Palestinian family notifying them that two residential buildings are scheduled to be demolished, potentially displacing 19 people.

The Siyam family were told that the buildings in Silwan neighborhood would be demolished "because they were constructed without the needed license."

The buildings, according to family members, belong to Hammudah Siyam and his brother Mahran. Their brother Dawood told a Ma'an reporter that the buildings were constructed ten years ago.

The first building is a two-story building and consists of four apartments measuring 540 square meters belong to his brother Hammudah who has a family of twelve, he said.

The other building, which consists of one apartment measuring 135 square meters, is inhabited by his brother Mahran's seven family members.

Siyam highlighted that his mother, who passed away two years ago, had funded the construction ten years ago and had earlier paid a fine of 650,000 shekels ($187,000) after the municipality of Jerusalem issued a demolition order previously.

Israel has destroyed more than 604 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, displacing 1011 people, according to UNOCHA.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Johnny benson / USA
24/12/2013 00:04
...for 187 k....they could have bought much better places in Jordan...

2 ) Rafael / USA
24/12/2013 00:29
When the Arabs of East Jerusalem fail to vote or form a party that could get 20% of the City Council seats they do not find politicians going to battle for them. So the PLO and Hamas tell the Arabs of East Jerusalem if you vote we will hurt you. If they do not vote they do not get an equal part of the pie. So do not vote and then cry about it. Not a winning strategy! Avail yourself to the reality that you realize that co-existence is the correct formula forward not resistance.

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
24/12/2013 18:17
@8......that would entail logic and common sense....two things that the Palestinians are lacking.....if they would suddenly find them....it would then possibly bring a peace...maybe....

4 ) Samer / Palestine
24/12/2013 19:59
Wow! Those brave Israelis continue the march of apartheid. Settlements for Israeli squatters while demolishing Palestinian homes. @Johnny benson / USA, thank the Israel thieves for stealing billions of dollars from American tax payers to spend on expansionist apartheid Israel.
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