(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The number of
illegal structures in Silwan rose from 13 to 130 in 43 years, said the
State Comptroller in a report released on Wednesday.There
are hundreds of demolition orders against houses in Silwan, including 22
houses that are slated to be demolished to make way for Jerusalem Mayor
Nir Barkat’s controversial Gan Hamelech plan, which will turn a builtup
residential part of Silwan into an archeological park and public green
on illegal construction in east Jerusalem, said that between 1967 and
1995 the number had risen from 13 to 30, and jumped further to 130 last
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every year there are 1,000 illegal structures built in the center of
the city. A very low number of illegal structures have been demolished,
and most of these have since been rebuilt without permits.
Municipality responded to the report's release, saying that it
highlighted a lack of law enforcement over several decades.
The State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, noted that the illegal building was the source of friction between residents and authorities, and that an improvement in the enforcement area would be of great benefit.
Melanie Lidman contributed to this report.