Days of Palestine – Jerusalem
Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday demolished a Palestinian-owned carwash workshop in Anata town, northeast of Jerusalem, according to local sources.
They said that Israeli forces raided the town from the southern entrance, where they tore-down the carwash claiming it is located in the vicinity of the illegal Israeli colonial settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev and unlicensed.
Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve “demographic control” of the occupied territories.
Israel denies planning permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to extend existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.
Rights groups have long pointed out that Israel’s discriminatory policies in East Jerusalem – which include routine home demolitions, discriminatory allocation of building permits, and the eviction of Palestinians from their homes for the benefit of Israeli settlers – are aimed at driving out Palestinians from the city.