JERUSALEM, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today demolished a horse barn and a cesspit in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukaber under the pretext of unlicensed building.
Eyewitness confirmed that Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer to Jabal al-Mukaber , where the heavy machinery proceeded to tear down the barn and the cesspit.
Owner of the demolished structures was identified as Ahmad Warad al-Zatraa.
Using the pretext of illegal building, Israel demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.
At the same time, the municipality and government build tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the Jewish settlers in the occupied city.
Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been subject to Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied their citizenship rights and are instead classified only as "residents" whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.