Israel Demolishes Stores in Jerusalem, Hands Stop-Construction, Demolition Notices to Palestinians in West Bank

JERUSALEM, December 3, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities on Wednesday demolished Palestinian-owned stores in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, while two stop-construction notices on Homes as well as a notice to demolish a solar system and an animal barn were handed to residents in West Bank areas.

Local sources said an Israeli police contingent, backed by heavy machinery, stormed the area and closed an adjacent checkpoint linking Occupied East Jerusalem with the West Bank before proceeding with the demolition of the stores, including a Coca Cola building.

Meanwhile, an Israeli army force and a staff from the Israeli Civil Administration stormed Masafer Yatta, a congregation of 19 pastoral communicates located to south of the city, and handed orders for the demolition of a number of solar cells and an animal barn.

The congregation, which relies heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood, has been a frequent target for recurrent Israeli assaults.

In the meantime, army broke through the village of al-Khader, to the west of Bethlehem, and handed local residents a notice to stop the construction work on two under-construction houses under the pretext of building without a permit.

Issuance of construction permits for Palestinians living in Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control, is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to embark on construction without obtaining a permit.