Family waiting for court ruling on home.
(photo credit: Gil Zohar)
NGOs like the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions, Bimkom – Planners for
Planning Rights, and Rabbis for Human Rights routinely decry the difficulties
Palestinians have in obtaining building permits. According to ICAHD, since 1967,
more than 2,000 homes have been demolished in east Jerusalem while the number of
outstanding administrative and punitive demolition orders is estimated at up to
20,000. The most egregious case is that of Salim and Arabiya, whose home in
Shawamreh in Anata (Area C), which adjoins Jerusalem to the northeast, was
demolished on January 23 for the fifth time, along with a number of other
structures in the Beduin compound.But the reality of demolitions is more
nuanced. Witness the case of the State of Israel vs Ibrahim Abu el-Hawa, which
has been making its way through the Jerusalem Municipal Court for more than
three years and is scheduled to resume on April 24.