Israeli Municipality Demolishes Home in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, May 29, 2013 (WAFA) – The all-Israeli West Jerusalem municipality Wednesday demolished a two-floor building inhabited by 10 people in Beit Hanina, a Palestinian neighborhood north of Jerusalem, under the pretext it was built without a permit, said witnesses.

The building, which was owned by Badwan Salaymeh, consisted of two apartments.

Before demolishing the building, Israeli police sealed off the area and placed barriers around the house to prevent any possible clashes between police and residents.

The Israeli municipality has recently intensified demolition of Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext they were built without permit.

Officials said at least 450 homes are currently slated for demolition in the city.

Palestinians say the rise in demolition is connected to the upcoming municipal elections during which the current mayor, Nir Barkat, who is taking an extreme stand against Palestinian construction in the city in order to keep a Jewish majority, is planning to run for a second term.

Source: WAFA News