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Clashes erupt as Jerusalem municipality demolishes Palestinian homes
Published Wednesday 05/02/2014 (updated) 07/02/2014 20:21
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Demolition teams from the Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday morning destroyed three Palestinian homes and forced a man to demolish his own home in East Jerusalem, leaving 28 homeless.

Clashes erupted in one neighborhood following the demolitions, injuring 15 and leading to seven detentions, according to eyewitnesses.

The first demolition was in the Beit Hanina neighborhood north of the Old City. Demolition teams, residents said, arrived at 4:30 a.m. at Wadi al-Dam in Beit Hanina and stormed the home of Muhammad Sanduqa.

They then forced the family out and evacuated furniture before bulldozers pulled the house down.

Alaa Sanduqa told Ma'an that his family house was built 17 years ago. The house, he said, measured 65 square meters and housed seven people. He highlighted that his family had paid a fine of 1,000 shekels ($280) for building without a license.

A second demolition raid was carried out in Sur Bahir village south of the Old City. Mujahid Abu Sarhan told Ma'an that he was awakened by the "noise of Israeli soldiers smashing my windows with rifle butts."

"The Israeli forces arrived without prior notice and they assaulted me in front of my baby girl. My house was built in 2008 and since then I have been trying to obtain a construction license."

He says that he paid a fine of 13,000 shekels ($3700) for building without a license.

A third demolition was reported in Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood. Eyewitnesses said municipality demolition teams forcibly evacuated the families of Nasser Ramadan Shqeirat and his brother Hussein.

While the teams evacuated furniture, Israeli forces assaulted women and young people who tried to prevent the evacuation. They sprayed pepper spray at the residents.

Clashes broke out in Jabal al-Mukkabir after the demolitions, which left 15 injured with various bruises and cuts. Fatah secretary in Jabal al-Mukkabir, Iyad Bashir, was among the injured.

Israeli forces also detained 7 young Palestinians and released them hours later. Ramadan Naser Shuqeirat, Oday Naser Shuqeirat, and Ramadan Shtewi Shuqeirat were identified among the detainees.

Khalid Mahmoud Bashir said Israeli forces raided his house in Jabal al-Mukkabir on Wednesday without prior notice, evicted his family and assaulted them with batons and tear gas.

Bashir said he, and his eight family members including a disabled daughter, have been living in the 85 square meter house for five years.

He explained that Jerusalem municipality imposed a fine of 85 thousand shekels on him eight months ago, and he pays the monthly installments for it.

He added that he managed to get a court order to suspend the demolition, but that was "ignored by the occupation bulldozers."

Maher Mashahra, meanwhile, was forced to demolish his house in al-Sala area in Jabal al-Mukkabir. He added that Israeli forces arrived at his house and told him that he had four hours to leave before they demolished the house, or else they would demolish it and force him to pay 45,000 shekels ($12,700) in demolition fees.

He added that he had to rent a bulldozer to demolish the house, as Israeli police surrounded the area, and he was forced to pay $10,000 for the cost of police forces who surrounded the area.

Mashahra had been living in the house for three years with his wife and 3-month old daughter.

An Israeli police spokesman did not return a call seeking comment.
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1 ) Jack Holland / USA
05/02/2014 21:57
I would like permission to reprint this on The Last American Newspaper.com with a link back to your site. You May Contact me at editor@thelastamericannewspaper.com The mainstream US press simply will not share such information with Americans.

2 ) gabi / australia
06/02/2014 01:50
they are very brave, these demolition experts, coming in at 4:30 am to ensure an element of surprise, and probably hoping no filming would take place. What a disgusting lot this "light to all nations" has become.

3 ) Susan Shaw / UK
06/02/2014 18:03
How disgraceful, evacuating furniture, yet making the residents of the demolished houses homeless. What kind of a society is this, that can put furniture above humanity. Using batons, pepper spray & tear gas to forcibly evict people from their own land, their own home. I sincerely hope Baroness Ashton shows 'concern' about this shameful behaviour.

4 ) Rami / Palestine
11/02/2014 08:12
@#3 We all know where Ashton can put her "concern." It hasn't done any good thus far.

5 ) The Facts / Truth
11/02/2014 18:17
- Whether Palestinians can, or cannot defend themselves, and
whether this is, or is not program to steal land from them, and
whether it seems disgusting & cruel, EVERY STATE ENFORCES LAWS,
or soon none obey them, and anarchy becomes everyone's way of life !!
- So, try to remember the facts leading up to this situation, where
it was the "owner's" Lawless, Bad Decision, or Desperate Gamble,
of BUILDING IN THE state's CAPITAL, WITHOUT A state building PERMIT.
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