Israel Destroyed Record Number Of Palestinian Homes In Jerusalem In 2019

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Above Photo: Palestinian man watching his house being demolished by Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem on January 27, 2014. (Photo: Activestills)

Israel has demolished a record number of homes in occupied East Jerusalem in 2019, the most in the past 15 years, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported on Thursday.

More than 140 Palestinian homes were demolished, resulting in the displacement of 238 Palestinians, 127 of them minors.

Of the homes that were destroyed, 39 were destroyed by the owners themselves after they received demolition orders from Israel, in order to avoid incurring the municipality’s demolition fees.

This year’s demolitions far surpassed the second highest number of demolitions, which occurred in 2016 when 92 homes were destroyed.

Since B’Tselem began recording home demolitions in East Jerusalem in 2004, Israel has destroyed a total of 949 homes, displacing more than 3,000 Palestinians.

Following the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967, Israel illegally annexed some 70,000 dunums of Palestinian land and extended the boundaries of the Jerusalem municipality to dozens of Palestinian neighborhoods.

There are some 350,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem. Following the occupation of the city, they were given “permanent residency” status, compared to Jewish residents of the city who have full citizenship.

Despite the fact that Palestinians make up 40% of Jerusalem’s population, Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality has zoned only 15% of the land in East Jerusalem for residential use.

(Photo: Peace Now)

In addition to discriminatory zoning laws, Israel makes it extremely difficult for Palestinians to obtain building permits through lengthy application processes that costs tens of thousands of dollars — an impossible feat for Palestinian families in the city, many of whom live below the poverty line.

According to UN documentation, at least a third of all Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem lack an Israeli-issued building permit, placing over 100,000 Palestinians at risk of displacement.

In addition to navigating Israel’s permit regime, Palestinians in East Jerusalem struggle to hold onto their homes in the face of Israel’s rapidly growing settler movement in the city.

With the support of the state, Israeli settler organizations have taken control of dozens of properties within Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, and have launched lengthy legal battles against Palestinian families in efforts to evict them from their homes.

Settlement watchdog Peace Now released data last month showing that of 57,737 housing units approved in construction permits in Jerusalem from 1991 – 2018, only 16.5% (9,536 units) were approved for construction in Palestinian neighborhoods.

(Photo: Peace Now)

In contrast, 37.8% (21,834 units) of the approved applications were for construction in Israeli settlement neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

The group also noted a “drastic increase” in settlement construction in East Jerusalem following the elections of US President Donald Trump, with permit approvals in settlement neighborhoods up 58% in 2017-2018 compared to the two years before he came into office.

  • voza0db

    IsRaEl has an ∞ BLANK CARD to do whatever they want. They can even do another genocide that no one will care.

  • rgaura

    The genocide has been ongoing for 70 years, with insane US support.

  • Rev. Jake Harrison

    Those of us in the Native American community, are a people that collectively share an antiquity that is scientifically verified, by indisputable archeological evidence to predate 20 thousand years. This of course is an antiquity that the narrative fiction of the Jews in their “sacred texts” WOULD LOVE TO HAVE; but do not. Accordingly, along with the lack of logical credibility (as opposed to ‘faith’) the “Jewish State of Israel” has revealed itself to be a criminal nation that by all evidence is populated by a nation of criminals and all of their actions are based on authority derived from narrative fiction and is as unacceptable as the crimes committed against the Jews during WWII and is insanely absurd to defend.
    This being the case it is also relevant to remind the reader that the Christian world supports the criminal nation of Israel in all of its illegal activities with not only “moral support” but BILLIONS of dollars in aid, thereby revealing that they also are complicit by allowing Israel impunity in committing many of the same crimes against humanity that the Jews often lament about having been committed against the Jews of Europe during WWII.
    Perhaps it is time for the world to ‘sit back’ and reflect on this one real fact that “if the Jewish State of Israel” is indeed the “chosen ones of the God of the Jews, Christians and ironically the Muslims: it is way past the time to simply sit back and “Let Their God take Care of His Chosen Ones”————-all by himself. He chose them: he should be able to ‘protect them’ and keep them in their present illegal state of occupation and criminal conquest of the homeland of the Palestinian people.
    This would be an intelligent alternative to Boycott Divest, Sanction (BDS) and would be known as “LTG-TCO-HCO” or “Let Their God Take Care of His Chosen Ones”—if indeed HE chose them, he should be able to take care of them without any help from anyone.