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Israeli forces demolish 2 homes, 7 stores in al-Eizariya

Aug. 26, 2015 10:41 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 26, 2015 8:37 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished nine tin shacks, including two homes, in the town of al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem, on land Israeli authorities have earmarked for construction of the separation wall, locals said.

A popular resistance committee spokesperson, Hani Halabiya, told Ma'an that large numbers of Israeli troops escorted bulldozers and Israeli Civil Administration inspectors into the town.

The bulldozers then demolished nine shacks without any prior warning, saying that they had been built without the necessary licenses, he said.

Halabiya said that some of the structures belonged to Sami Abu Ghaliya, a local Fatah official representing Bedouin tribes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, while the others were being rented by Palestinians from Jerusalem, Hebron, al-Eizariya, and the Bedouin al-Jahalin tribe.

Two of the structures served as homes and seven as commercial stores, including a grocery store, a car wash, and shops selling brassware and used furniture, Halabiya said.

He said that the same structures had been demolished five times, and added that they would be rebuilt as soon as possible, "in order to prevent construction of a section of the separation wall in the area."

Sami Abu Ghaliya, whose house was demolished, said he was not allowed to evacuate his belongings before the demolition. The house measured 100 square meters and was the only place for him and his family of six, he added.

Many Palestinians formerly considered Al-Eizariya and Abu Dis part of occupied East Jerusalem, but the Israeli separation wall has largely severed the towns from the city, and the 1993 Oslo Accord considers them part of the occupied West Bank.

Under the Oslo Accord, building permits must be approved by the Israeli Civil Administration for Palestinians to build in Area C.

As a result of rarely-approved permits, however, Palestinian residents are often forced to build structures without permits, which are liable to be torn down later by Israeli forces.

Israel destroyed 591 Palestinian properties in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2014, displacing 1,177 people, according to UN figures.

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions reports that Israel has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967.

Mark of Lewiston / USA
Preserve the site as a monument to the brutality of the occupation. Treat it like a shrine and seek World heritage status for the Shrine to Occupation brutality."
26/08/2015 17:25
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