Israel demolishes two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem

Israel demolishes two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem
Israeli authorities have demolished two homes in occupied East Jerusalem, where four out of five Palestinians live below the poverty line.
2 min read
24 December, 2019
Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]

Israel on Tuesday demolished two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem’s Jabal al-Mukaber neighbourhood, local sources said.

Israeli municipal authorities of West Jerusalem stormed the area of the occupied neighbourhood with heavy police backing and demolished the homes for being built without a permit.

The houses belonged to the Shuqairat family, local to the neighbourhood.

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, committing various crimes against Palestinian civilians.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

Often, Israel forces Palestinians to demolish their own homes under the pretext of not having a building permit.

Applications for building permits are also known to take years to be processed, giving Israeli courts a loophole to increase Palestinian home demolitions by branding structures as "illegal".

Four out of five of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem live under the poverty line, and applying for building permits comes with various taxes and fees amounting to tens of thousands of dollars.

Between 2010 and 2014, only 1.5 percent of all Palestinian building permit applications across the occupied West Bank were approved by Israel, according to the UN.

The cost of a permit for a single home is estimated to be in the region of $30,000.

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