Published: Mon, July 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes on Jerusalem outskirts

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes on Jerusalem outskirts

Palestinians have no recourse, as the Israeli judicial system has repeatedly shown its complicity in Israel's illegal colonial-settlement enterprise.

He said Palestinians have legally built in Wadi al-Hummus area of Sur Baher, which is under the control of the Palestinian Authority and classified according to the Oslo accords as Area A.

Israel began demolishing part of a Palestinian village on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, despite intense global criticism and protests.

Reporters were prevented from reaching the area while residents and activists were dragged out of the homes.

Local sources report that since the dawn hundreds of police and Israeli military personnel have sealed at least four buildings in the area of Sur Baher, not far from the wall surrounding the West Bank.

Bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli police and soldiers moved into Sur Baher, a Palestinian village on the edge of East Jerusalem in an area that Israel captured and occupied in the 1967 Middle East War.

Israel dismissed the non-binding decision as politically motivated and says the barrier played a key role in drastically reducing the number of attacks, which peaked in 2002 and 2003 during the Second Palestinian uprising known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada.

He explains that although Israel has demolished homes in Area A as a collective punishment against Palestinians who carry out attacks on Israel this will be the first demolition in the PA controlled area "without any security reason".

The sprawling village of Sur Baher straddles the line between East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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"I had a permit to build from the Palestinian Authority". For the Palestinians it is increasingly hard to obtain building permits from the Israeli authorities; activists and humanitarian workers say that the result of these policies is a serious lack of housing for the Palestinians, who risk being left homeless.

The PA's Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, told the envoys, "We are looking for serious actions from your governments to stop these continuous crimes".

Hamadeh, head of the Sur Bahir-Wadi Hummus Services Council, said the Israeli army had made minimal attempt to enforce the building restrictions since 2011.

"The demolitions. are considered a war crime under global laws and this needs dispatching a monitoring and investigation committee and providing the Palestinian people with worldwide protection", the Human Rights and Civil Society Department of the PLO said in a statement.

On June 18, residents received a 30-day notice from Israeli authorities informing them of their intent to demolish the homes, many of which are still under construction.

European Union diplomats recently toured the area.

The letter warned that "displacement, particularly for the most vulnerable, is traumatic and has lasting consequences".

Sur Baher is an Arab neighborhood on the southeastern outskirts of eastern Jerusalem, located east of Ramat Rachel and northeast of Har Homa. While B'Tselem reported that 17 residents were evacuated on Monday (including 11 children), a spokesman for the al-Hummus committee told Haaretz that 100 families had lost their dwellings.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and declared the entire city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, a move that has never been recognized by the worldwide community.

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