Days of Palestine – Jerusalem
Israeli occupation forces today demolished several structures including shacks in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya, local sources said.
Israeli municipality crews accompanied by police and bulldozers broke into the neighborhood and proceeded to demolish the structures and shacks, owned by local Palestinian citizen Mohammad Abd Muheisen, under the pretext that he had built them without an Israeli permit.
Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem have no option but to build without a permit because the Israeli municipality rarely issues permits to the city’s original Palestinian citizens as a way to reduce their number by forcing them to leave it and find accommodation and work elsewhere.
Although Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem live in an area classified as an internationally recognized Palestinian Territory occupied by Israel 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.