Israel to Demolish Family Home, Retaining Walls in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, March 31, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities proceeded Tuesday to demolish a house and retaining walls in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Jouz, according to local sources.

Nour-Eddine Amr, a local resident, said an Israeli police contingent accompanied by bulldozers arrived in Wadi al-Jouz and attempted to demolish his house, before local residents rushed to the scene and prevented them from doing so.

The police also removed Palestinian owned animal barns, retaining walls and stores in the area, he told WAFA. Police also denied media outlets and cameramen access to the site.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the Israeli authorities do not only demolish Palestinian houses but also hinder the issuance of any building licenses for Palestinians in Jerusalem and its boundaries.

Al-Maqdisi Institute says that between 2000 and 2014, the Israeli authorities demolished around 1,342 buildings in East Jerusalem (the areas annexed by Israel in 1967), which has resulted in the displacement of 5,760 people.

Data show an increase in the cases of residents being forced to demolish their own houses: 340 people were forced to demolish their own homes during the period 2000-2014, the highest rate of self-demolition was recorded in 2010 with 70 demolitions and 49 in 2009.