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Municipality issues demolition orders in East Jerusalem
Published Sunday 19/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 09:45
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli municipality workers on Sunday distributed orders for the demolition of eight buildings in East Jerusalem, witnesses and residents told Ma'an.

Witnesses said municipality workers accompanied by Israeli police issued demolition notices for buildings in the Silwan area of East Jerusalem.

The workers issued notices in the neighborhoods of Wadi al-Hilweh, Ein al-Lawza, Bier Ayub, and Wad Yasoul, witnesses said.

Resident Said Nasser said he was handed demolition orders for three car repair shops he owns in the Ein al-Lawza neighborhood.

He said he was notified that he would be fined 150,000 shekels ($43,000) for the shops' "illegal" construction.

The shops were built 20 years ago, he said.

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 ) William / USA
20/01/2014 16:45
Israeli government officials, IDF, "monsters." The world is paying more attention, finally, to the inhuman treatment of Palestinians and to the daily violation of their human rights.

2 ) @ William-1 / USA too
20/01/2014 19:25
-a- Here in the US, and in most other states too, the same thing would happen when people, that are possibly not even owners, decide to build without getting the required government building permits, and -b- There is nothing "monstrous" about a "municipality issuing demolition orders", under these circumstances !!

3 ) Outlier / USA
20/01/2014 19:45
Building his buildings 20 years ago without permits was a bonehead move. What was he expecting - flowers and an "attaboy?"

4 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
20/01/2014 21:56
The canard that Israel "rarely grants permits to Palestinian is nonsense.Each year the municipality issues a statistical abstract which shows the actual # of permits given yearly to each specific precinct and demographic. Charedi Jews, a similarly sized demographic receive LESS permits and MORE demolitions! The fact is, while Jewish-owned structures have increased 113% since 1967 in the city, Arabs have enjoyed a 166%. Ma'an readers deserve FACTS, not recycled canards.

5 ) @ Rachanim-4 / Truth & Honesty
22/01/2014 03:06
- Truth - Granting permits is NOT an obligation of the state, but Getting a permit IS an obligation of the Individual, and - Honesty - "Israel's rarely granting permits to Palestinians" is certainly no worse than Palestinians would do, if their situations were reversed.
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