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Israeli court orders demolition of football field in Silwan

Aug. 20, 2015 8:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2015 11:09 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court has ruled to demolish a football field and its facilities in occupied East Jerusalem, a local committee said Thursday.

The owners of the property, located in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, received a demolition order in the mail over 70 days after the court had passed the ruling at the beginning of June, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said.

The "demolition and removal" order had allowed for an appeal to be lodged within 30 days of the ruling.

The ruling includes the demolition of a 1.5 dunam sports field as well as a neighboring warehouse and animal shed.

Silwan committee member Ahmad Qaraeen said the ruling required that anyone who chose to object to the order would be fined and forced to pay demolition and removal fees.

He added that Israeli authorities are aware that the owners of the land -- the heirs to Atallah Siyam -- regularly allowed the area to be used by Mada Creative center for activities.

Qareen said that the Israeli municipality attempted to confiscate the land in 2007 and turn it into a parking lot, but that the move was appealed in court and the land owners built a football field on the property in 2009 after receiving approval from the central court.

In 2012, the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority demolished several of the family's facilities under the pretense of “removing trash," he added.

Silwan is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem that is seeing an influx of Israeli settlers at the cost of the demolition of Palestinian homes and eviction of Palestinian families.

Israeli authorities have carried out around 370 demolitions of Palestinian property in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the start of 2015, displacing an estimated 432 residents, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Thousands of Palestinian residents are at risk of losing their homes, as members of the current right-wing Israeli government continue to champion longstanding policies to obtain a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.

East Jerusalem was occupied by Israel in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community, and four decades of Israeli policy in the area have neglected the Palestinian community while fostering the growth of Jewish settlement.
robertmramstad / USA
This is what gives birth to anti-semitism and the rise of jewish neo-nazis
20/08/2015 21:11
Mark of Lewiston / USA
Spite, meanness, and hate on display.
21/08/2015 10:35
Mark of Lewiston / USA
Spite, meanness, and hate on display.
21/08/2015 12:21
Likadik / Hungary
robertmramstad / USA You may not know this, but antisemitism has been around for four thousand years. Yet the Jewish people thrive.
21/08/2015 16:33
Outsider / EU
Let's add football fields to the list of existential threats to Israel.
24/08/2015 19:10
Joe Fattal / USA
That's a change to Israel policy. Now they don't have to displace dozen of Palestinians to become homeless to accomodate their homeless, by solving their problems they creating another one under their own control.
24/08/2015 23:14
Joe Fattal, / USA
It took me few days to figure that out. The reason they demolish a football field because originaly Israel rejected that a team from Gaza is to compete with a team from the West Bank for some reasons. But they did compete, and Israel allow the team to proceed with the game.
25/08/2015 00:05
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont...And in retaliation Israel demolish a football field. Too much of a coincidence to be the right reason why they demolish that football field. I followed Israel politics for the last 20 years and my experience never disappointed me.
25/08/2015 00:09
ian / australia
"Spite, meanness, and hate on display." I agree, Mark. There's a special sadism about assaults on impoverished Silwan where all they have is that they live in the shadow of the Aqsa and can look up at the dome. Yet with infinite greed and pitiless cruelty, Israel plans to take even THAT from them.
26/08/2015 23:49
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