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Two homes were demolished in east Jerusalem in the past two days, the Israel
Committee Against Housing Demolitions reported on Tuesday.
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On Monday, a
three-room house in Sheikh Jarrah, where the Siyam family lived, was demolished.
On Tuesday morning, the Ovada family’s house in Beit Hanina was demolished, the
The Jerusalem Municipality denied that any demolitions
took place in Beit Hanina on Tuesday. It said that Monday’s demolition was a
court-ordered destruction of a three-room addition to an existing structure, and
that it was carried out after the courts rejected an appeal.
The Ir Amim
NGO expressed in a statement “grave concern for what appears to be a shift in
the Jerusalem Municipality’s policy in east Jerusalem, which simultaneously
increases home demolitions while promoting the construction of hundreds of new
residential units for Israelis in east Jerusalem.”
The number of
inhabited structures that were demolished in east Jerusalem jumped from two in
the first six months of 2010 to 12 in the month of December alone, according to
Ir Amim statistics. Five structures were demolished in the first half of the
year, compared with 32 in November and December, the organization
“The issue of construction without permits in east Jerusalem is a
direct result of decades of Israeli policies that systematically avert the
necessary planning and development of this part of the city that would enable
Palestinian residents to build according to law,” Ir Amim said.
Jerusalem Municipality does not keep statistics about house demolitions specific
to east Jerusalem, but rather for the whole city.