Israeli soldiers invaded, Friday, the al-‚ÄėIsawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, stormed many neighborhoods, and photographed ¬†many homes, buildings and streets, before handing demolition orders targeting several buildings, and summoned many owners for interrogation.
Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of the Follow-Up Committee in al-‚ÄėIsawiya, said the soldiers, and personnel of Jerusalem City Council, posted orders for the demolition of several homes and buildings, which were constructed many years ago.
He added that the soldiers also summoned the owners for interrogation, for ‚Äúbuilding them without permits.‚ÄĚ
Mohammad said the owners have been paying high fines to the City Council, and have already submitted licensing applications despite the excessively high costs, and are still awaiting a response. ¬†¬†
He also stated that the City Council distributes demolition orders every week, during extensive invasions by the soldiers and the police, an issue which is impacting the daily lives of the Palestinians,who cannot feel safe at home due to the constant threats of displacement.
‚ÄúIsrael always uses the claim of demoliting the buildings for being constructed without permits,‚ÄĚ Mohammad said, ‚ÄúThis is happening while the City Council continues to reject most applications, in addition to the complicated procedures the Palestinians have to go through, the very high costs of filing for these permits, in addition to the extended periods the residents have to wait, and in most cases, they are denied‚ÄĚ
While the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem continued to be denied construction permits, and face repeated demolitions,displacement and ongoing excessive violations, Israel continues to build its illegal colonies in the city, and the rest of the West Bank, in direct violation of International Law.