Israeli military bulldozers demolished, Monday, a Palestinian home in Jabal Al-Mokabber, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext that it was built without a construction permit, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported.The demolished home belongs to Mohammad Abed Shqeirat, 58, from Shqeirat neighborhood, in Jabal Al-Mokabbir, south of occupied East Jerusalem.
Shqeirat said that more than 200 Israeli soldiers and policemen invaded his 150 square/foot property, forced him and his family in the cold and demolished his property; he never received any prior military or court order against his home.
He added that he has been trying to obtain a permit for his property since 1997, but the Jerusalem municipality kept rejecting his requests.
â€śWe are a large family of 9 sons, 12 grandsons, besides me and my wife, I have seven sons over the age of 25 who are about to get marriedâ€ť, Shqeirat said, â€śThey do not have a place to stay, we own the land, but Israel is not allowing us to build, it seems that they do not take our natural growth into considerationâ€ť.
It is worth mentioning that the army also demolished several agricultural structures and hothouses north of the Jordan Valley.
Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli bulldozers demolished several structures that were built a few weeks ago. This is not the first time the army demolished structures and hothouses in the area.
The recent violations are part of Israelâ€™s illegal policy that discriminates against the Arabs and Palestinians, and are conducted in direct violation of the International Law and the Fourth Geneva Conventions.