Days Of Palestine – Jerusalem
Israeli occupation bulldozers Tuesday morning demolished two Palestinian houses in Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood, located to the south of the occupied city of Jerusalem, local sources said.
Staff from the so-called Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, heavily backed by police, stormed the area of Khallet Abd in Jabal al-Mukaber, and demolished two homes belonging to the Shuqairat family purportedly for being built without permits.
Meanwhile, police handed Jamal Elayyan, a resident of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, a demolition notice of demolition, citing the same pretext.
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.