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Israeli demolition leaves Palestinian family homeless

Nov. 28, 2018 4:46 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2018 5:38 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home and a commercial building, on Wednesday, in the Jabal Al-Mukabbir neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

A Ma'an reporter said that dozens of Israeli forces along with staff from the Israeli Civil Administration and several bulldozers stormed the neighborhood and blocked a number of streets.

According to local sources, prior to the demolition, Israeli forces raided a residential building, belonging to Mahran al-Mughrabi, and forced him along with his wife and two children out of their home.

Sources added that Israeli bulldozers demolished the home under the pretext that it was built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

Al-Mughrabi pointed out that the demolished home measured 200-square-meters and was built nearly two years ago.
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Meanwhile, local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces surrounded a commercial building in the same neighborhood and removed its contents, including computers, desks, and chairs, before the demolition commenced.

The commercial building, which measured 50-square-meters, was also demolished under the pretext that it was built without an Israeli permit.

Sources mentioned that the owner had previously attempted to obtain an Israeli permit three months ago while building, and that he had received no prior demolition notice from the Israeli authorities.

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.

According to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory, the cumulative number of structures targeted so far in 2018 (251) has remained below the figure in the equivalent period of 2017 (286). All of the incidents during July took place on grounds of lack of building permits.

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