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Israeli demolition leaves 10-member Palestinian family homeless

Feb. 20, 2019 4:11 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 22, 2019 1:17 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli bulldozers demolished two Palestinian-owned homes in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, on Wednesday afternoon.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli Civil Administration staff members along with bulldozers stormed the neighborhood, surrounded two homes belonging to al-Muhtaseb family, and forced them to evacuate the area before bulldozers carried out the demolition.

Sources pointed out that the homes belonged to Taysir al-Muhtaseb and his son, Shadi, noting that 10 family members, including children, lived in the two homes.

Sources added that the two homes were demolished under the pretext that it was built without the nearly-impossible to obtain Israeli permit.

It is noteworthy that the homes were built since 2012. Then in 2015 the families received a demolition order from the Israeli Civil Administration and attempted to obtain permits ever since.

In addition, the Israeli Civil Administration staff distributed demolition notices to a number of homes throughout various East Jerusalem neighborhoods under the pretext of building without a permit.

Israel uses the pretext of building without a permit to carry out demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes on a regular basis.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the 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 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.

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