Occupied Jerusalem (In Palestine Today)- Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday morning demolished a Palestinian-owned house in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem, displacing its residents.
Under the pretext of building without a permit, Israeli forces earlier today raided the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood and started demolishing the house of Jerusalemite Hussain Basheer, displacing the house residents.
Following the demolition of the house, local sources said, the forces attacked several Palestinians in the area by firing rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs, injuring over five.
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 Israeli occupation municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East 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 occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and home demolitions.
Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced 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 to stop demolitions and forced displacement.