Israel Notifies to Demolish Mosque, Car Wash Workshop in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, November 4, 2015 (WAFA) – The so-called Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem last Tuesday night notified to demolish a mosque and a car wash shop in the East Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Silwan, as well as raided a medical clinic in nearby al-Issawiya, according to witnesses.

They said staff from the municipality delivered an order to demolish al-Qa’qaa mosque, in Silwan, in addition to a Palestinian-owned car wash shop in the area.

The municipality also took pictures of commercial and residential facilities, as well as of streets and alleys in the area.

To be noted, this is the second such notice issued in a matter of months to demolish the said mosque, which has an area of 120 square meters and was built three years ago.

Overnight Tuesday, clashes erupted in Silwan between local Palestinian youths and Israeli police, who used teargas and toxic gas canisters against the former.

Police also stormed two homes in the area, including the home of Ahmad al-A’war, a Palestinian who had just completed an Israeli-ordered conditional sentence; house arrest, claiming that al-A’war have not finished his sentence yet.

Also in the nearby neighborhood of al-Issawiya, police raided a medical clinic and inspected the patients’ files in search of  youths who were injured during clashes with the police during the past few weeks.

Police also handed the clinic’s manager, Mahmoud Shami, a summon notice to appear for interrogation.

In 2014, Israeli authorities demolished a total of 97 buildings in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a construction permit, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Thousands of Palestinian residents are at risk of losing their homes, as members of the current right-wing Israeli government continue to champion longstanding policies to obtain a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.

Despite filing applications and constantly trying to build houses following the legal measures, Palestinians in the West Bank, especially East Jerusalem, are rarely granted construction permits by Israeli occupation authorities.

Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem are living in a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied citizenship and classified only as ‘residents’ whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city.

They are also discriminated against in all aspects of life including housing, employment and services, and remain unable to access services in the West Bank due to the construction of Israel’s separation wall.

East Jerusalem was occupied by Israel in 1967 in a move that was never recognized by the international community. Four decades of Israeli policy in the area have neglected the Palestinian community while fostering the growth of Jewish settlement.