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Israeli forces demolish East Jerusalem home
Published Monday 18/08/2014 (updated) 21/08/2014 10:41
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished a residential building in the al-Tur neighborhood of Jerusalem on Monday on the pretext that it was built without a permit.

Members of the Ghazzawi family, who own the building, told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers escorted bulldozers to the area and began tearing down the building.

Family members were not given any time to remove their belongings.

Tawfiq Ghazzawi said the two-story building was built in 1997 and contained two apartments, one for him and his mother and another for his brother, Ayid.

The family have already paid fines of over 200,000 shekels ($57,126) and have been refused a construction permit several times by Israel's Jerusalem municipality.

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 ) Mel / USA
18/08/2014 14:53
The destructive work of Zionist Israel goes on.NEVER STOPS!This is why NOTHING IS OVER w/out the end of USG/Israeli militarist occupation & collective punishment,expulsion,persecution (war crimes)of the occupied people of Palestine.Don't imagine Israel will stop,in its dragnet Plan D/Charter to Judaize ALL Palestine. Not until it's MADE TO STOP,by the world,resistance,intrnt.LAWS & NATO/UN forces,in place,to stop Israel's massive Absolutist-ZS(ZionistState)terrorism,on Muslims&Christians. ENUF!

2 ) suharto / indonesia
18/08/2014 17:49
O believers stand firm on your feet and keep on fighting agsinst robbers,looters,anti christ followers,satanic worshippers but they think they son of god ,in fact son of satan

3 ) Paul / Kenya
18/08/2014 18:58
Being one of those poor Palestinians, where does he get all that money from ?

4 ) Tela / Palestine
19/08/2014 20:03
@Paul Where do you think? Palestinians try to maintain a tight-knit community in the face of Israel's aggressive strategies to break up communities, destroy social institutions, separate relatives and so on. Family and friends willingly foot the bill. It's expensive to live in Jerusalem if you're Palestinian and in the end you pay for the bulldozer to demolish your home, even though you paid thousands in fines, because a license to build costs half a million shekels... if you're Palestinian.
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