JERUSALEM, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers Tuesday morning demolished a residential building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber, according to WAFA correspondent.
He reported that Israeli police escorted three bulldozers into al-Sal‘a area in the neighborhood, and cordoned off a 4-storey building under construction, before the heavy machines razed it.
Owner of the demolished building was identified as Aziz Ja‘abis.
The demolition raid sparked confrontations, during which police opened fire towards local youths who attempted to stop the demolition. No injuries were reported though.
The structure was demolished purportedly for lacking the rarely-granted construction license.
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.
They are also discriminated against in all aspects of life including housing, employment and services, and are unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel's separation wall.
According to a report by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, the Israeli High Court could be liable for war crimes for their policies that led to the dispossession of Palestinians from their properties in Area C of the West Bank.
The report, Fake Justice, shows that the court’s support of Israeli planning policy is tantamount to support for dispossession and forcible transfer of Palestinians, a war crime under international law.