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At least 300 Palestinian buildings were demolished in Jerusalem, by the Israeli occupation authorities in 2019, compared to a 386 in other parts of the occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestine News Network reported.

Walid Assaf, chairman of the Commission Against the Wall and Settlements, said in a press conference on Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories that the Israeli authorities are aiming to isolate Jerusalem City and divide al-Aqsa Mosque by demolishing Palestinian homes and intensifying the settlement construction activity.

He touched on the largest demolition campaign in Jerusalem, was Sur Baher when 82 Palestinian homes were demolished at once, he also noted that in Shu’fat refugee camp, 22 homes were demolished in one day.

Assaf said that the Israeli demolition policy has witnessed a dangerous shift, explaining that the Israeli authorities moved from demolishing homes to erasing entire communities.

Assaf added that Palestinian national and popular resistance committees, with the help of Palestinian citizens, staged a six-month sit-in in 2019 to protest the demolition of al-Khan al-Ahmar community, and managed to stop the forced displacement of its residents.

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Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam