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Israeli bulldozers demolish Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem

Nov. 19, 2018 3:12 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2018 3:50 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished several Palestinian commercial buildings, in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without the nearly impossible-to-obtain Israeli building permit, on Monday.

According to local sources, the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality under the protection of Israeli forces stormed the Jabal al-Mukabbir and Silwan neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli bulldozers demolished commercial buildings, which included two carwashes, food store, storage houses, and offices.

The center also said that the demolished buildings belonged to the Palestinian families of Abidat, Suri, and Jaafra.

The center added that Israeli authorities carried out the demolitions under the pretext of building without an Israeli 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.

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