Israel restarts razing Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

Israel razed two Palestinian homes and part of a factory in East Jerusalem despite Western criticism, activists and witnesses said.

Israel restarts razing Palestinian homes in Jerusalem


Israel razed two Palestinian homes and part of a factory in East Jerusalem on Tuesday despite Western criticism, activists and witnesses said.

Meanwhile, the Israeli building and planning committee in al-Quds endorsed the expansion on Monday as part of a plan to build a total of 250 units in the illegal Pisgat Ze'ev settlement, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported.

Dozens of armed border police guarded an excavator as it tore apart the foundations of the cement structures in the Issawiya section of East Jerusalem, Reuters said.

Israeli municipality officials have also authorized more than 100 building permit requests across the city, which hosts a number of sanctities highly revered by followers of Islam, Christianity and Judaism

Activists with the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, a European-funded group that monitors the issue, said nobody lived in the buildings which were still under construction. The demolitions were the first in East Jerusalem since late 2009, a committee spokeswoman said.

Spokesmen for the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, had no immediate comment.

Palestinians say it is impossible to obtain permits from Israeli authorities, particularly in Jerusalem, a city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intervened several months ago to postpone city plans to demolish about 20 homes in another part of East Jerusalem, where the Israeli municipality is planning a new housing project.

Israel captured Al-Quds in the 1967 six-day war and later annexed the city, in a move not recognized by the international community.

The city is home to Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslims' first Qiblah [direction Muslims take during prayers] and the third holiest shrine after Al Ka'bah in Makkah and Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

Its significance has been reinforced by the incident of Al Isra'a and Al Mi'raj — the night journey from Makkah to Al-Quds and the ascent to the Heavens by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Palesinians said that Israel has been working hard over the past years to Judaize the holy city and change its Islamic identity.

It has been adopting a series of oppressive measures to force the Palestinians out, including systematic demolition of their homes.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2010, 13:46