JERUSALEM, January 20, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Tuesday demolished a Palestinian owned house in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, according to local sources.
Witnesses told WAFA that bulldozers from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem arrived in Issawiya and proceeded to demolish a 180-square-meter house, owned by a local resident, under the pretext of unpermitted construction.
Owner of the house, Rebhi Dari, said he had been compelled to build a house without obtaining a permit in order to shelter his family.
Israel hardly ever issues construction permits for Palestinians in East Jerusalem and in Area C of the West Bank, under complete Israeli administrative and military control, forcing many of them to embark on construction without obtaining a proper permit.
According to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD), such demolitions aim to empty the city and the West Bank from its indigenous people and replace them with Israeli settlers.
It stated, “The demolition of Palestinian homes and other structures, forced or resulting displacement, and land expropriation are politically and ethnically motivated.
“The goal is to limit development and confine the four million Palestinian residents of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza to small enclaves, thus effectively foreclosing any viable, contiguous Palestinian state and ensuring Israeli control and the ‘Judaization’ of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem,” ICAHD explained.