[Sunday, January 19, 2014] Officials of the Jerusalem City Council, accompanied by dozens of soldiers and police officers, invaded Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and handed out orders targeting Palestinian homes and structures in the town.Local sources in occupied Jerusalem said that Israel intends to demolish three Palestinian stores, a playground, and four privately owned Palestinian homes in Wadi Hilweh, in Silwan.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the orders are against homes and property in Wadi Hilweh, Ein Al-Loza, Be’er Ayyoub, and Wad Yasoul.
It added that the soldiers also removed several water meters of a number of homes in the Wad Yasoul area.
The Center also reported that the City Council in occupied Jerusalem wants to destroy and bulldoze Silwan’s 900 square/meter soccer field. Israel previously threatened to destroy the field in order to build homes and property for its settlers.
Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes and property comes along with ongoing illegal construction and expansion of settlements on Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied Jerusalem.
In related news, a number of Israeli settlers, of the Nahal Naghot illegal settlement that is built on Palestinian lands which belong to residents of Doura town, south of Hebron, blocked the main road linking Doura and nearby towns.
The settlers blocked the Beit Awwa Junction, southwest of Hebron, obstructing Palestinian traffic. They also harassed several Palestinians, eyewitnesses said.