Israel Demolishes House in Jerusalem’s Issawiya

JERUSALEM, December 1, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities on Monday demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, under the pretext it was built without a permit.

WAFA correspondent said an Israeli police contingent arrived in the early morning hours and cordoned off the area before proceeding to demolish the 200-square-meter house of Ishaq Hamdan, a local resident.

Hamdan is currently incarcerated in an Israeli prison after failing to pay the skyrocketing fees which the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem impose on Palestinians accused of violating construction regulations.

Israel rarely issues construction permits for Palestinians residents of East Jerusalem, forcing many of them to embark on construction without obtaining a permit in order to shelter their families.

Earlier at night, confrontations erupted in the neighborhood between police and local residents. Police fired teargas and toxic gas canisters, causing many Palestinians to suffocate.