Israelis 'force bulldozer driver to damage road' in Abu Dis
Published Monday 20/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 09:44
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man whose bulldozer was seized by Israeli forces two weeks ago was forced to dig up a road in the village of Abu Dis in order to get it back, the man told Ma'an.
A native of Eizariya village east of Jerusalem, Badr Dahdoul was removing roadblocks from a road near al-Quds University in Abu Dis two weeks ago when Israeli forces detained him and confiscated his bulldozer.
The road had originally been closed by Israeli forces while they were demolishing a Palestinian house near the separation wall as it passes through Abu Dis.
Dahdoul explained that he was taken into custody while removing the roadblocks and was ordered to pay a fine of 12,000 shekels ($3,400).
On Sunday, Israeli authorities forced Dahdoul to damage the road with his bulldozer before they would agree to return it to him.
Member of Abu Dis local council Abdul-Salam Ayyad, however, blamed Dahdoul for damaging the road.
"He should have retrieved his bulldozer through legal procedures instead of damaging the only route residents use to reach the main street," he said.