UN has 'serious concerns' over e. J'lem home demolitions
By MELANIE LIDMAN, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
December 23, 2010 03:17
The demolition of an Arab family’s home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of
Ras al-Amud “raises serious concerns with regard to Israel’s obligations under
international law,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Jerusalem Maxwell Gillard
Gillard visited the family of 13 whose illegally built
home was destroyed Tuesday by order of the Jerusalem Municipality.
municipality said it was a one-room structure, about 45 square meters in size,
built hastily with unsafe building materials. The Israeli Committee Against
Demolitions said the structure was a proper house with at least four
A statement released by Gillard said that 396 Palestinian
structures were demolished in east Jerusalem and the West Bank this year,
compared to 275 in the previous year – an increase of almost 45 percent. As a
result, 561 people have been displaced this year, including 280 children, and
the livelihoods of over 3,000 people have also been affected.
position of the United Nations remains that the government of Israel must take
immediate steps to cease demolitions and evictions in the West Bank, including
East Jerusalem,” Gillard said.