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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Palestinians Forced to Demolish Their Own Shops and Homes

Posted on November 14, 2016
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[ Ed. note – Perhaps it’s the full moon. The Israelis seem to be on a crueler-than-normal home demolition spree just now.  Palestinians in Jerusalem have been forced to demolish homes and also shops. The justification is the same as always: failure to obtain building permits. Good luck trying to get a permit if you’re a Palestinian, though. Not for nothing is Israel referred to as an apartheid state. I wonder why all the protestors so bent out of shape over Donald Trump’s alleged racism don’t seem to have anything to say about the billions of US tax dollars that go to Israel each year? I guess for some strange, unknown reason it just hasn’t caught their attention yet. At any rate, below are a couple of articles from Ma’an News on the latest forced demolitions. ]
12 Palestinians Left Homeless as Family Forced to Demolish Their Homes in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian family from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir was forced to demolish two of their own apartments on Sunday in accordance with an Israeli court order.
Israel’s central Jerusalem district court ordered in August that the family of Muhammad Khalil Abd al-Latif Jaabis demolish the two apartments, which the court said were constructed without the proper permits.
According to Jaabis, the Jerusalem municipality threatened the family, saying that if they didn’t destroy the apartments themselves, the municipality would send demolition crews and then impose a demolition fee — a customary practice for Israeli authorities regarding home demolitions in the Jerusalem district.
Jaabis told Ma’an on Sunday that his family had rented a bulldozer and began demolishing the two apartments — one belonging to him and one to his father and brother — which were built more than 10 years ago.
Israel compelled a  family to demolish their own home in Occupied Jerusalem today-Part of their systematic Ethnic Cleansing plan
 He added that 12 individuals, including six children, lived in the two apartments, and that the families had been attempting to get permits for the homes for years, paying nearly 50,000 shekels ($13,035) in fines in the process.
Demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have seen an unprecedented surge this year, with the number of structures demolished in the first half of 2016 already well exceeding the total number of demolitions carried out in all of 2015.
More than 1,383 Palestinians have been displaced since the beginning of 2016 as a result of demolitions in the occupied territory, compared to 688 Palestinians displaced over the entirety of 2015, according to UN documentation.
According to the UN, the overall rate of Israeli demolitions since 2015 has exceeded every year since the UN began monitoring the practice in 2009.
Meanwhile, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat warned on Monday that any dismantlement of the illegal Israeli outpost Amona in the occupied West Bank would be followed by the mass demolition of Palestinian homes lacking Israeli-issued building permits in East Jerusalem.
According to AFP, the mayor was quoted as saying that the demolition of Amona — in line with an Israeli Supreme Court ruling — “could have implications for similar cases in Jerusalem, where Arabs have illegally built on private or municipal land.”
A large number of Israeli demolitions are carried out due to Palestinian homeowners not obtaining Israeli-issued building permits, though Palestinians are rarely granted permits by Israeli authorities to build, forcing many to build illegally.
In occupied East Jerusalem, though the Israel’s Jerusalem municipality has said that it receives a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities compared to the Jewish population, and that Palestinian applications “see high approval ratings,” procedures to apply for Israeli-issued building permits are lengthy, sometimes lasting for several years, while the application costs can reach up to 300,000 shekels ($79,180).
As four out of five of Palestinians in East Jerusalem live under the poverty line, applying for these permits is nearly impossible. As a result, only 7 percent of Jerusalem building permits go to Palestinian neighborhoods.
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9 Palestinian Households Lose Source of Income as Owners Forced to Demolish Shops
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian residents of the Beit Hanina neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem were forced to demolish their own stores on Monday upon orders by Israel’s Jerusalem municipality.
Nidal Ghaith and Muhammad al-Najjar told Ma’an that they emptied their stores before they disassembled the roofs and demolished the walls.
Al-Najjar said his 50-square-meter store, which was used as a fruit and vegetable market, was built nine years ago, and was the main source of income for four households.
Meanwhile, Ghaith said his store was built three years ago and served as a shop for construction and sanitation material. He added that five households relied on the shop’s income.
Both al-Najjar and Ghaith’s shops were given demolition orders by the municipality for being built without proper permits.
 Najjar’s family was compelled by   to demolish their shops in Beit Hanina Town in Occupied today
A spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality had previously told Ma’an that “self demolitions occur when house owners heed legal notices and court rulings and remove building code violations independently. Specific instances of residents heeding these notices are not verified in real time, therefore we cannot comment on them.”
Monday’s demolitions came a day after 12 Palestinians were left homeless when they were forced to demolish their apartments in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, also in accordance with a demolition order that claimed the apartments lacked proper permits.
Demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have seen an unprecedented surge this year, with the number of structures demolished in the first half of 2016 already well exceeding the total number of demolitions carried out in all of 2015.
More than 1,383 Palestinians have been displaced since the beginning of 2016 as a result of demolitions in the occupied territory, compared to 688 Palestinians displaced over the entirety of 2015, according to UN documentation.
According to the UN, the overall rate of Israeli demolitions since 2015 has exceeded every year since the UN began monitoring the practice in 2009.
Meanwhile, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat warned on Monday that any dismantlement of the illegal Israeli outpost Amona in the occupied West Bank would be followed by the mass demolition of Palestinian homes lacking Israeli-issued building permits in East Jerusalem.
According to AFP, the mayor was quoted as saying that the demolition of Amona — in line with an Israeli Supreme Court ruling — “could have implications for similar cases in Jerusalem, where Arabs have illegally built on private or municipal land.”
A large number of Israeli demolitions are carried out due to Palestinian homeowners not obtaining Israeli-issued building permits, though Palestinians are rarely granted permits by Israeli authorities to build, forcing many to build illegally.
In occupied East Jerusalem, though the Israel’s Jerusalem municipality has said that it receives a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities compared to the Jewish population, and that Palestinian applications “see high approval ratings,” procedures to apply for Israeli-issued building permits are lengthy, sometimes lasting for several years, while the application costs can reach up to 300,000 shekels ($79,180).
As four out of five of Palestinians in East Jerusalem live under the poverty line, applying for these permits is nearly impossible. As a result, only 7 percent of Jerusalem building permits go to Palestinian neighborhoods.

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