Israeli forces demolish Palestinian shop in East Al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhood Published: Wed, 14-February-2018

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished a Palestinian shop in the occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhood of Issawiya, according to Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that bulldozers of the Israeli Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Municipality, along with municipality staff and armed Israeli forces, raided the neighborhood and demolished the shop under the pretext that it was built without an Israeli-issued permit.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory also reported a demolition in Issawiya on their Twitter account.

According to Wafa, Israeli forces have imposed a series of restrictions on the neighborhood over the past two weeks, including closing off its main entrances in response to alleged stone throwing incidents from youth in the neighborhood against Israeli forces.

Wafa added that Israeli forces raided the town on Monday night and shot at homes and vehicles causing material damage. No injuries were reported.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), though the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.

For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Al-Quds's (Jerusalem's) illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

According to Daniel Seidemann of the NGO Terrestrial Al-Quds (Jerusalem), “Since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis in East Al-Quds (Jerusalem); in contrast, fewer than 600 units have been built for Palestinians in East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), the last of which were built 40 years ago. So much for (Jerusalem Mayor Nir) Barkat’s claim ‘we build for everyone.’”

According to UN documentation, three Palestinians were displaced and five buildings have been demolished in East Al-Quds (Jerusalem) since the beginning of the year as of Jan. 29. In 2017, a total of 142 buildings were destroyed in East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), displacing 233 Palestinians.

Source: Ma'an News