JERUSALEM, November 13, 2017 (WAFA) – the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem is planning to demolish a number of Palestinian buildings in occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods that would displace hundreds of people, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Monday.
The municipality notified a number of Palestinian citizens in Issawiya of its intention to demolish their homes under the pretext of construction without a permit, according to residents.
The said staff from the Israeli municipality handed Issawiya residents notifications informing that their homes will be demolished for lack of an Israeli construction permit and others were told to report to the municipality to discuss the legal status of their homes.
Most of the original land of Issawiya was seized by Israel after its occupation of East Jerusalem in June 1967 to build settlements and expand the Hebrew University campus hardly leaving the local Palestinian residents any land to build on.
In the meantime, Israeli media said the West Jerusalem mayor. Nir Barkat, a member of the ruling right wing Likud Party, is seeking to demolish six high rise buildings in Kufr Aqab, a neighborhood in the north of Jerusalem but cut off from the city by the apartheid wall, for lack of construction permit.
They said that if this plan is carried out, hundreds of Palestinian families will be displaced and made homeless.