Occupied Jerusalem (In Palestine Today)- 10 Palestinian families are under Israeli threat of demolition of their apartment building in the al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied city of Jerusalem.
At the order of the Israeli occupation municipality, 10 Palestinian families have been forcibly evacuating their apartments since the early morning hours of Friday, as the occupation municipality gave them a one-week notice to self-demolish their apartment building otherwise, it will carry out the demolition and the families have to pay a large fine in exorbitant demolition costs to the Israeli municipality.
The 10 Palestinian families consist of over 70 people and have been living in the 4-stories building since 2011.
The families said they refused to self-demolish the building, so the municipality has been forcibly displacing them.
The families have been, since the early morning hours, collecting their properties in preparation to evacuate their building.
Over 280 Palestinians in al-Tur neighborhood are threatened with Israel’s forced displacement and house demolitions as a part of the American Road project, one of Israel’s largest and most expensive projects aims to confiscate 45 dunums of the neighborhood.
Since June 2020, Israel has been building the bypass road linking West Bank illegal settlements to Jerusalem, and it is set to cost over $250 million.
Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.
At the same time, the municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.
‘Israel’ has been moving its citizens into the neighbourhoods of Jerusalem since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents.
Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with displacement and house demolitions by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.
There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
The Israeli court had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Jerusalem, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the Palestinian families.
Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict some Palestinian families in Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.